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Post Media Impossibilities (Part One)
Mayan Technologies for the People

We must be ready for the unexpected. Not just about the
emergence of new technologies-but how people will use them.
 --(From Protocols of the MESH)

The Zapatistas FloodNet is poetry not hacking.

All post media direct action cells must pursue the instabilities
in technologies--even before they become metaphors. We
must move into areas that seem like the impossible--before
they even gain presence among the protocols of the MESH.
It is within these chaotic sectors that actors among civil societies
in search of leverage anchors will find opportunity for greater
disturbances and force multiplication for voices without power.
Once minor communities of autonomy have sensed these
balance shifters they must be harnessed. Those who wait
for the decentralization of these instabilities will lose the
small windows available for the development of micro-mass
disturbance gestures. We must always already be seeking
out the flow of uncertainty beyond the over used scientific
discourse and technologies at hand: networks, bio-technologies
and nano-technologies. Let the MESH spend its time tweaking
these possibilities. Instead let us like the Zapatistas continue to
break the Mirrors of Power and move into the elsewhere.

Post media cells should seek out unprocessed instabilities even
as the Army’s Force XXI and the Marine Corps’ Hunter
Warriors attempt to retool the left over war engines of the
Cold War as interoperable  cyborg systems. Postmodern
war still remains bound by paradigms of military science
and spectacle (note that most recent actions from the Gulf
War, Part One, to the Kosovo Crisis were made for TV
and Internet presentation), the endless objective theater
of war discourse and the subjective NATO disposition
of one reality has been  completely introjected into the
system (even in the case of Psy-0p actions) .  Their VR
helmets can’t see the failure of Reality before the new
fundamentalism of the telematic-they continue to believe
that the lights they see from the midnight bombs they drop
are coming from something that still exists: nation, justice,
and democracy. These are now nothing more than the
last signs of dead cultural stars. The Military system,
like the peasants of the Middle Ages, still kneel before
the holy corpse of the MESH and pray for a true state
of trajectivity.  Some even admit it among themselves:

….there is little apparent interest in the wider effects
of these developments and their  implications for national
security. In fact, attempts to foresee even the near-term future
are remarkable for their conservative approach and the
general belief that the future  will be very much like today
with a few advances in technology. Not surprisingly, there
 have been even fewer attempts to anticipate basic
change caused by technologies whose  practical applications
are only now being discussed by specialists. We are already losing
future wars now.

--(From the Army’s Book of the Dead, Book II )

The MESH is busy mapping the human genome to create
meme-gene weapons. Enabling the targeting of  specific
genotypes and building  self-replicating fleets of computer
controlled molecular weapons. Nano-technology first
emerged as a practice in 1990 when industry researchers
at IBM were able to arrange 35 individual xenon atoms to
spell out "IBM." In 1991, the Japanese government
reportedly began budgeting an annual $185 million
for nano-tech research. Since that time three-dimensional
structures have been experimentally produced from DNA.
Researchers have demonstrated the engineering of
branched, non-biological protein with enzymatic
activity as a basic methodology for nano devices.
This nano_event will intermingle with other MESHworks
to produce the new aggregates for the power zones of
tomorrow. Post media cells must fight the future with
gestures that have no name in the present.

(Play Tape)

Mayan Technologies For the People (Rewind and Start Now)

Pedrito (tojolabal, two and a half years old, born
during the first Intergalactic)  is playing with a little
car with no wheels or body.  In fact, it appears to me that
what Pedrito is playing with is a piece of that wood
they call "cork",  but he has told me very decisively
that it is a little car and that it is going to
Margaritas to pick up passengers.

It is a gray and cold January morning and
we are passing through this village which is
today electing the delegates (one man and one woman)
whom it will be sending to the March 21 consultation.

The village is in assembly when a Commander-type
plane, blue and yellow, from the Army Rainbow Task
Force and a pinto helicopter from the Mexican
Air Force, begin a series of low over flights
above the community.  The assembly is not
interrupted, those who are speaking merely raise their

Pedrito is fed up with having the artillery
aircraft above him, and he goes, fiercely,
in search of a stick inside his hut.  Pedrito comes out of
his house with a piece of wood, and he
angrily declares that "I'm going to hit the airplane
because it's bothering me a lot."  I smile to myself at
the child's ingenuousness.

The plane makes a pass over Pedrito's
hut, and he raises the stick and waves it
furiously at the war plane.  The plane then
changes its course and
leaves in the direction of its base.

Pedrito says "There now" and starts
playing once more with his piece of
cork, pardon, with his little car.

The Sea and I look at each other in
silence.  We slowly move towards the
stick which Pedrito left behind, and
we pick it up carefully.  We analyze
it in great detail.

"It's a stick," I say.

"It is," the Sea says.

Without saying anything else, we take
it with us.  We run into Tacho as
we're leaving.  "And that?" he asks,
pointing to Pedrito's stick which we

had taken.  "Mayan technology," the
Sea responds.

Above, a suddenly clear sky becomes
golden next to clouds like marzipan.

The Sup, trying to remember how Pedrito
did what he did.

(Above, the helicopter is a useless tin vulture).

Pause Tape.

For too long the specters of hyper-memetic cargo cults
have flowed between the bottom of the third world and
the top of the virtual class. A circuit that keeps the
impossibilities of the fifth world[s] behind the
eschatology of designer future/s/.  Post media
cells must travel among strings of inventions that fall
outside of technological instabilities. To seek gestures
that leap over the lines of flight that our current collective
realities, or imaginary conditions, of speed and interconnectivity.
We must place the impossible and the unexpected as our
counter-gestures, as in the case of Hannibal and his
elephants against the Roman Empire.  Tensors that can
create unprecedented instabilities in the MESH beyond
our today[s] and tomorrow[s]. These tensors are already
drifting among the intergalactic children outside the limits
of our social condition. Post media cells must create situations
for mutation that can interrupt and reroute the protocols
of acceleration, improvement and obsolesce that late
capital is bound by. So that rational history will be broken
and remade by the tiny hands of the intergalactic ninos of the fifth world.

Post media cells must side step the Universal State of the
Hybrid that late capital now globalizes across all markets.
Our confrontations should tactically release all the impossible
singularities beyond the homogenization of the New World
Order’s Human Rights agenda that has now been set
as the foundational condition of  hyper-violence and
total social control. Here the son (neo-liberalism) is
devouring the father (national capital) and, in the process,
is destroying the lies of late capitalist ideology: in the new
world disorder there is neither democracy nor freedom,
neither equality nor fraternity. The planetary stage is
transformed into a phased battlefield, in which the
chaotics of decayed neural nets now reigns. Let
us instead seek out those circuits of perversity
of the mother and child that reside outside of
the luxury of digital History.

Now is the time for the fifth world to move deep into the virtual
state of the Forth World War and bite its head off with its
own trajectories. Each post media pocket should heed
El Sup’s smoke signals:

The apparent infallibility of globalization comes up
hard against the stubborn  disobedience of reality.
While neo liberalism is pursuing its war, groups of
protesters, kernels of rebels, are forming throughout
the planet. The empire  of financiers with full pockets
confronts the rebellion of pockets of resistance.
Yes, pockets. Of all sizes, of different colors,
of varying shapes. Their sole
common point is a desire to resist the
"new world order" and the crime against
humanity that is represented by this fourth world war.

--(From the Book of Intergalactic Memories)

(Play Tape)

[A woman wearing a ski mask holding a few seeds in her hand]

She Speaks:

We are networks without gravity, here the apple falls up.
-the zapatistas

Las Futuras

The zapatistas wrap the Mayan code of invention around the
protocols of the fourth world war. Each word retrofits the
MESH of late capital, each gesture displacing its dream
of re-placing flesh with firmware, and memory with a
battlespace. Each note cuts into billions invested in
synthesizing hybrids of adaptable hierarchies and
bound networks. Instead the zapatistas ask us to
build worlds outside of the disposable history of
speed—Las Futuras. Here the call of the dead
are answered by the living without wires, without
ubiquitous infrastructures, without the need to
re-dial future wars. Here Las Futuras flood the present
with the possibilities of a better yesterday[s].

P.S. Secret Bunkers vs. Open Theaters

*(The Electronic Disturbance Theater are)...anarchistic
proponents who believe that theatrical technological
strikes --"digital zapatismo"—should lie at the heart of doctrine and strategy.*

--The Zapatistas "Social Netwar" in Mexico, Rand Corp. (1998)

*Why do you only remember us only after the floods?*

--The Zapatistas

Zapatismo is an event horizon, which frames and reroutes
the generic media event. A deviation of mass distraction
towards a specific point of the total market equation with
a single question: what is the position of the Mayan
communities in Chiapas, Mexico?  This question is a
concrete manifestation of an alien politics that no longer
resides within the society of secrecy—the perfect
dictatorship of knowledge. The time of the Guarded
Society is at hand, everyone must leave the last
remains of public space- now. Only those who can
scan the waves of history correctly, understanding
the true nature of code should define what gestures
can be made and when. Now the *Guarded Society*
recommends that we move behind our adaptable firewalls,
leave plenty of air, and make sure your bio-agents do
not go astray. Only a society of secrecy will be able
to survive this stage of the electronic theater:

*CAE continues to believe that all useful models of ECD
(or for that matter, nearly all political as opposed to
consciousness raising and pedagogical actions***)
within the current political conditions have in common
covert action and an abhorrence of mass media as a theater of action.*

--Critical Art Ensemble

The *Guarded Society* maps the zapatistas floods
from mega_networks linking the West and East,
where the south only functions at a distance, where
only the corpse[s] of technological instabilities speak,
where only a the few can govern the spaces of public
engagement. The advent of networks is now a struggle
between the open gestures of network_theaters and
network_bunkers. Network_bunkers only speak
the code of soft conspiracies and top_sight control.
The zapatistas dream contests the agenda of secrecy
by speaking across whatever media spaces can be
rerouted into spaces of concern. Zapatismo is an
untimely gesture within the house the digitally correct.
The zapatistas network_theaters do not call for
cyberwar, netwar, or infowar but public acts of html activism.
Digital zapatismo is simulation_as_it_could_be
not simulation_as_it_has_been. A gesture that underlines
the disparity of those who seek interoperable top-sight
networks and those who link to forgotten phantoms,
future forms of life, and an impossible present.

*To arrive at the intercontinental R/reality, each one has
to make his own, her own path.*

--2nd Declaration of La Realidad (1996)

[Tape Ends]

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