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Invisible Celebrity Literature

Author: • Dec 18th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, celebrity culture, Jean Baudrillard, speed & violence

Ballardian: Operation Paget

No Fear of the Future, a new group blog that’s recently come on line, features a jaw-dropping analysis of celebrity culture from the talented Chris Nakashima-Brown.

It begins by outlining the Ballardian aspects of Operation Paget, the inquiry into the death of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed. Chris sets Paget up as the sequel to Ballard’s treasured Warren Commission Report, describing the Diana fest as “eight-hundred-plus pages of pure clinical Ballardian detail remixed with Spectacular Baudrillardian celebrity media fireworks”.

Chris draws a long list of Paget’s ingredients, including:

+ Deadpan evaluations of conspiracy theories involving MI5, MI6, Mossad, CIA, NSA, the Freemasons, the Scientologists and the Royal Mafia.
+ Voyeuristic views from every surveillance camera in Paris.
+ Unintentionally fetishistic dissections of the black Mercedes.
+ Oliver Stone film clip glimpses of the Princess’s contorted post-crash body position and cryptic last words.”

Finally, he bathes in the vectors of speed, violence and celebrity, visiting Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake along the way, before ending with a hypothesis to chill the blood of any 21st-century urban dweller:

Imagine if [the paparazzi] acted with deliberate revolutionary intent, seeking to capture the most hideous possible images of movie stars, the pampered skin of their faces pulled back into horrifying contortions by disused tendons provoked out of their Botox slumber. Surely that would hack the Spectacle, at least for the fifteen minutes before it morphed into the new sexy commoditized cool.

In the meantime, we wait for the secret boxes of evidence collected by Operation Paget to trickle out into the Internet-of-Things via eBay.”

Our Man in Shepperton would indeed be smiling at the remix of neon ghastliness described in this, Chris Nakashima-Brown’s “perfect pathology report on the end of the twentieth century”.

..:: RELATED
+ Chariot of Fire: Preliminary Analysis & Damage Reconstruction of the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

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  1. The vibrations will live on……

    George Lochinski writes: Your last post mentions Helen Duncan, and wouldn’t you know it, Helen Duncan is also mentioned in The Fall’s “Psykick Dancehall No. 2” in a spoken word smample of (probably) MES himself saying: Helen Duncan was……

  2. “Oh, please don’t drop me home
    Because it’s not my home, it’s their
    Home, and I’m welcome no more….”
    1986 premonition?

    There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    Lyrics by Stephen Morrissey
    Music by Johnny Marr

    Take me out tonight
    Where there’s music and there’s people
    And they’re young and alive
    Driving in your car
    I never never want to go home
    Because I haven’t got one
    Anymore

    Take me out tonight
    Because I want to see people and I
    Want to see life
    Driving in your car
    Oh, please don’t drop me home
    Because it’s not my home, it’s their
    Home, and I’m welcome no more

    And if a double-decker bus
    Crashes into us
    To die by your side
    Is such a heavenly way to die
    And if a ten-ton truck
    Kills the both of us
    To die by your side
    Well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine

    Take me out tonight
    Take me anywhere, I don’t care
    I don’t care, I don’t care
    And in the darkened underpass
    I thought Oh God, my chance has come at last
    (But then a strange fear gripped me and I
    Just couldn’t ask)

    Take me out tonight
    Oh, take me anywhere, I don’t care
    I don’t care, I don’t care
    Driving in your car
    I never never want to go home
    Because I haven’t got one, da …
    Oh, I haven’t got one

    And if a double-decker bus
    Crashes into us
    To die by your side
    Is such a heavenly way to die
    And if a ten-ton truck
    Kills the both of us
    To die by your side
    Well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine

    Oh, There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
    There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
    There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
    There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
    There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
    There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
    There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
    There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
    There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out

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