Jay Tholen remembers the internet of the ’90s, when things were a few shades dorkier, and whole lot less smoothed-over and centrally managed—and especially the internet of the late 90s, when an end-of-days urgency and paranoia hung over all of that. Hypnospace Outlaw is in some ways his attempt to capture that time, but it’s also about the travails of the present-day internet, and about our relationship to technology more generally.
In this episode, Jay talks through his sci-fi alt history online detective game, and the fictional people that populate its equally fictional (and equally plausible) somnambulant network.
• When Prophesy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group That Predicted the Destruction of the World is indeed, so far as I can tell, the origin point of the term cognitive dissonance.
And then there are the other “operating systemsey” games that Jay and I briefly discussed:
• Broken Reality (which, as Jay says, is more just vaporwavey)
• Everything by Nathalie Lawhead
• Black Room
“All The People Say (Season 3)” by Holly Hyperion (feat. HypnOS text-to-speech).
“Global Groove” from the Hypnospace Outlaw OST Vol. 2 by Jay Tholen.
“Apple Blossoms” by Vernon Geyer.
“Ready to Shave” from The Chowder Man by Hot Dad (feat. Dave Pino).
Logo by Aaron Perry-Zucker, using Icons by by Llisole, Dávid Gladiš, Atif Arshad, Daniel Nochta, Mike Rowe, Jakub Čaja, Raji Purcell and IconsGhost from the Noun Project.