Monday, February 12, 2007

The BCO Message Board

is apparently a byproduct of an http://www.darpa.mil/ funded program. It works as a covert communication network under the guise of an open one. It may be only one of other such networks, including vlv. It pretends to be a portal for “scenesters and hipsters” moderated by Ian Meyer.

At heart, it’s membership roles are closed to the outside public, although outsiders aren’t meant to understand that. It is Sui genesis, and as such, begs the question. Its current 180,211 topics are organized under no guiding principle, thus are not a form of probable reasoning. It is no longer indexed in search engines consequent to robots.txt, and nothing external aids entry or movement. These limitations are thus its defining characteristics.

Why would anyone want to go there in the first place? On the surface, it is mostly a simple recreational exercise among friends, although some intense bits are obvious, only limited meaning can be derived without a foundational context. Should someone stumble in—it is an open forum, recall—myriad methods are employed to affect a pointlessness to the participation— including ostensible participation.

Codified behaviors and thought processes long established in covert life are here given modern digital expression, as clandestine hierarchical organizations carry on business without seeming too. The mostly banter and slang is not so much small talk, as smalled talk, a self-conscious background soup in which the meat and potatoes float. Only rarely having to resort to the use of what may be actual coded language communications employed on the surface, much fun is had in playing games to trigger Echelon, at least when the topic is the topic.

None of this disguises the lines of power as expressed in the giving and receiving of direction, encouragement, and chastisement, as distinct from mere reportage.

Actually, I said it better in a blog last year, on March 6.

9 comments:

  1. elitism. secrecy. tradition.

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  2. if you're not now, you never were.

    xo
    m

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  3. Steven is right, you know.

    Check any of the BCO WoW threads and you will undoubtedly uncover a teeming underbelly of clandestine otherspeak.

    I suggest a careful analysis of the multiple thousands of reponses that any WoW related thread is sure to yield.

    Also, I would be remiss in omitting these nuggets of covert communication:

    http://board.crewcial.org/topic/180007/&r=91
    http://board.crewcial.org/topic/178378/&r=160

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  4. DSTRO dances w/teh niggerjewfagkike - wanting of pickles? 103.4 plays the magic number tunes. I do not fancy any corndogs.

    43 74 68 75 6c 68 75 20 73 6d 65 6c 6c 73 20 74 68 65 20 6f 78 65 6e 2e 20 44 61 72 6b 20 65 61 67 6c 65 73 20 73 69 6e 67 20 6f 66 20 74 72 6f 75 74 20 62 6f 6c 6f 67 6e 61 2e 20 41 72 65 20 74 68 65 20 75 6e 64 65 72 70 61 6e 74 73 20 61 73 20 74 69 67 68 74 20 61 73 20 74 68 65 79 20 63 6f 75 6c 64 20 62 65 3f 20 4f 6e 6c 79 20 74 68 65 20 70 72 6f 70 68 65 74 20 63 61 6e 20 61 6e 73 77 65 72 2e 20 31 33 3a 34 35 47 4d 54 20 74 68 65 20 6f 77 6c 20 61 77 61 6b 65 6e 73 20 61 6e 64 20 64 65 63 69 64 65 73 20 69 74 20 69 73 20 68 75 6e 67 72 79 2e

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  5. You know, are empty unless you hyperlink, your references are useless to me. I don't think I could even scroll all day and get there. Those nuggets inform your thinking--closed shop thinking, if I may judge. Not to make too big a deal of it, but I'm left painfully without a context for "clandestine otherspeak." OK?

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  6. you're crazy, dude

    also, how the hell did this blog know my name? that's some real conspiracy shit right there

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  7. Darpa made BCO? Awesome!

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