Hashing Out at Kanye II: The Instigation

October 22nd, 2009 |

What does Kanye West have in common with author Dan Brown?

Although both love seeing their names printed in italics and are obsessed with ancient artifacts (in Kanye’s case, his reputation), both have a link to the theoretical subfield of noetic science. Dan Brown’s latest novel, “The Lost Symbol,” delves into this discipline which studies vast quantities of information that can, when dissected, support the existence of a collective consciousness. This theory is the basis for outings like We Feel Fine, Global Consciousness Project, and the Web Bot Project, which crawl the internet looking for recurring keywords, phrases, and data that can reportedly detect the underlying “mood” of the masses.

What does this have to do with Kanye? On Wednesday, Kanye fell victim to the noetic field yet again after being beset with the hottest hashtag, #RIPKanyeWest, on Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lauren Cannon

Hashing Out at Kanye

September 15th, 2009 |

Michael Jackson. Ed McMahon. Farrah Fawcett. Jim Carroll. 2009 has been the unofficial year of the death of celebrity, literally and figuratively. From the passing of the aforementioned to the sheer irony and foolishness of Chris Brown’s bow tie, Twitter followers have been some of the first to break the news of a trending event in the realm of pop culture.

Last night saw the #VMA hashtag all abuzz with the news that, yet again, Kanye West stole the spotlight (this time from an unsuspecting #TaylorSwift) to protest her win for Best Female Video in lieu of #Beyonce. A day later has brought us not only the continuing gossip regarding the buffoonery of West, but the tragic passing of actor Patrick Swayze. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lauren Cannon