Kraken Rising: How the Cephalopod Became Our Zeitgeist Mascot | h+ Magazine

Kraken Rising: How the Cephalopod Became Our Zeitgeist Mascot | h+ Magazine “Almost exactly a century later, in the first flush of the Digital Revolution (©Wired magazine), the cephalopod archetype resurfaced. This time, however, the semiotic polarities were reversed: the mythic image that gave shape to fears of Homo cyberneticus deformed by his overreliance on […]

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The Curse of California

“The Curse of California” by G. Frederick Keller, published in The Wasp, 19th of August 1882, vol 9, No 316, pp. 520-521. Photo by Rick MacPherson of poster in Oakland Museum, California. This is only a quick overview for now. The Curse of California, Southern Pacific Railway. “Somewhere from within the blank mugs of those railroad barons (or […]

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[I]n late nineteenth-century America the octopus seemed, metaphorically, to be everywhere. Of course, this octopus was not the sort you might snag while deep-sea fishing. It was decidedly a land creature, malevolent, imbued with rationality, purpose, and unbridled appetite. Why did this image resonate so deeply within the popular imagination of the era? It was […]

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The railroad company builds for the future. These men with prophetic vision now that the traffic will eventually warrant the expenditure, even if it does not now. They set their stakes and the world comes to them. Thus does the Octopus do for civilization what your detached and individual citizens never can do for themselves. […]

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The Eye of the Octopus. Through a System of “Peeping Toms” the Standard Oil Company Sees the Operations of Its Competitors. By Merwin Worcester. WHAT do you think of the Standard Oil company and its methods? It may be a revelation to you to learn that the Standard Oil company already knows exactly what your […]

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“The Monster Monopoly” 1884 The following quote by Richard Cobden in a speech in London (8 February, 1844; Source Wikiquote, accessed 5th June 2010). It has nothing to do with Standard Oil and even less with the cartoon above, but the Corn Laws in the UK. Well, our forefathers abolished this system [of monopolies]; at […]

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Cartoon shows the devil (shown as half man, half goat) using a trident to fish an octopus labled “Curtis Lie” out of a “Pool of Deparavity.” A basket full of octopuses, one labled “Gaston B. Means Lie,” sit on the bank behind him. The devil, disgusted, cries out, “Faugh!” The sensational event of 1932 was […]

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Five-armed octopus, with Pentagon as its head, holding gold, oil and missile. ‘Pentagon Tentacles of Power’ by David Dees (circa 2006-2009).

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A fairly standard anti-catholic cartoon. It is titled: “The Papal Octopus – The Pope-Antichrist”, by HE Fowler, and was published in 1913 in an anti-catholic screed. The arms are titled: ‘ignorance’ (‘dupe’), ‘superstition’, ‘subversion’, ‘bigotry’ (‘public school’), ‘evil’, ‘tyranny’ (‘infalibility’ [sic]), ‘greed’ (‘public money’), ‘corruption’ (document labelled ‘civil laws’). The text beneath the cartoon reads: […]

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“Datenkrake: A German term to describe companies or institutions that gather or rather rake in massive amounts of private data, like an octopus (Krake) with its many arms. " (via Cornelius Bartke, Sept 2007) I just thought this was kind of cool.

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