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Thursday
11Dec

Cyber-Porcine Urban Sprawl

Alternate title: On the True Nature of Feral Cities.

Another one for the serious news category, this one from The Economist, which apparently has a sense of humor (or its layout editors are smoking crack, you pick). On the Brussels-London Eurostar, I was thumbing through the 6-12 December issue, when I almost fell out of my seat. On the same two pages, 56 and 57, I found the following three articles, all lined up like daffy ducks in a psychotropic row:

Read singly, not a big deal. Read three in a row, and there's an unmistakable suggestion at work connecting a virtual viral infection that's spread throughout the national security cyber infrastructure, the proliferation of millions - MILLIONS - of giant, hairy, tusked porkers, and a small town in the middle of nowhere looking to more or less spontaneously self-generate.

Now, I'm not going to suggest that The Economist gets its story ideas and inspiration from CTlab, but... if there's a meme-god out there, he's reading CTlab, looking around at all the mainstream media, and with a slight chuckle and mischievous gleam in his eye, infusing some of the latter with a sense of the former. I suppose that wouldn't really be a meme thing, exactly; more like predestinarianism, but whatever.

There's a Hogtown joke in here somewhere...


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Reader Comments (1)

Well, there is a movie about this, "Babe: Pig in the City", a classic from 1998, I'm sure we'd all agree. Particularly the bit at the end when the eponymous porker transforms Tetsuo-style into an enormous, metal-girded, city-eating omnivore, similar to the process you describe. I think.

Dec 12, 2008 at 9:31 | Unregistered CommenterTim Stevens

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