The various critiques of capitalism asserted by Occupy Wall Street are brave and vital and arguably self-evident, but nothing new. I have well-thumbed copies of Marx—and Chuck Palahniuk, for that matter—that confirm as much. What is very much new, primal and steaming is the anger at a system which has demonstrably failed, but to which no alternative seems permitted; at hideous realities which are enforced upon us all, at our own expense, without mandate; at the idea that there is a certain way in which the world does, or does not, ‘work’, that the only choice is between playing the game and becoming economic carrion, and that those who fail to recognise that are no less than doomed.

At a glance, Amanda Palmer is a talented singer with a respectable cult following and a degree of fame; unconventional, but unremarkable. Yet in the context of a post-recession music industry as dangerous and unpredictable as any dying animal, which was already bleeding money to online piracy and subscribes to the same circus logic as the one percent that has driven people to the streets, Palmer has toppled titans, made water run uphill and proven to her own satisfaction that 1 + 1 = 3.

Now, the question of the hour is: Can others do the same?

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There’s no reason your best friend can’t follow you into the nether realms. For a happy. healthy and SAFE Undead Pride Day, don’t forget to slay and murder your pets.

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Whether or not we agree that anything at all in modern society needs to be changed, we must at least come to understand that the Occupiers are not just another political movement, nor are they simply lazy kids looking for an excuse not to work. Rather, they see the futility of attempting to use the tools of a competitive, winner-takes-all society for purposes that might better be served through the tools of mutual aid. This is not a game that someone wins, but rather a form of play that is successful the more people get to play, and the longer the game is kept going. 

Home: A Ghost Story. A new immersive story from Fourth Wall Studios

At the beginning of 2011, I joined Fourth Wall Studios as a Writer and Designer, to work on the next generation of interactive storytelling.

I’m proud to announce that, just in time for Halloween, we’ve released our first project. It’s a ghost story unlike any you’ve experienced before:

www.homeaghoststory.com

It’s going to ask for your email and phone number. I HIGHLY suggest you supply them. 🙂

What the heck is Undead Pride Day??

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Undead Pride Day is a collaborative storytelling experience, and YOU are invited to play along. 

(Yeah, this section is completely too long.  Here’s the shorter version)

WHO THE HECK ARE YOU, YA WEIRDO?

I’m Jay Bushman, and I’ve been producing these kinds of stories for the past few years.  Previous examples include SXStarWarsCthalloween and The Talking Dead.

HOW DOES THIS WHOLE THING WORK?

The basic concept is simple:  we set some basic ground rules for the storyworld and then you create your own story within that world, using Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and any other types of media that you choose. Throughout, we will give you some prompts to help guide you and provoke ideas for what you can create.

OK, SO WHAT IS THIS STORYWORLD YOU KEEP PRATTLING ON ABOUT?

Our storyworld for this year’s event is called Undead Pride Day, the day known among humans as Halloween.  It’s an opportunity for vampires, zombies, ghosts and other undead creatures to come out into the light and demand acceptance from a world that calls them monsters.

OK, I THINK I GET IT. BUT WHAT EXACTLY DO I HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO PLAY?

First, pick a type of monster that you would like to play. Then decide how your monster feels about Undead Pride.

The story will unfold in two stages:

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