I Have Seen Into The Future, And It Squirts

June 21st, 2006 | researchmaterial

Intense, strangely humourous trailer video for BMEvideo.

One of the points of my forthcoming novel is that once something’s put on the internet, it’s not “fringe” or “edge” anymore. By dint of being freely accessible on the world’s most massive information network, it is de facto The Mainstream. People talk of blogs as the alternative to Mainstream Media, but if a million people a day read the ad-supported Boing Boing, how is that not mainstream?

So don’t look at this as some weird fringy thing you can dismiss as the personal freak of a handful of people. Remember the old maxim — if you think your own fetish is so strange that only one in a million people would understand, then there’s eight people like you in New York City alone.

Thirty years ago, you only saw heavy tattooing on a few hippies, old sailors and Lemmy. Twenty years ago you didn’t see facial piercings in the street beyond those stick-on nose studs.

This is the mainstream. Modblog details what we’ll see on the streets, and in the bedrooms of the unwary, in three to five years time. This, too, is the future.

Those of a delicate nature should probably not look.


44 Responses to “I Have Seen Into The Future, And It Squirts”

  1. I’m not watching that video even if you paid me

  2. I’ll find a new picture of Katie West tomorrow if you watch it.

  3. “People talk of blogs as the alternative to Mainstream Media, but if a million people a day read the ad-supported Boing Boing, how is that not mainstream?”

    Compared to the readership of the New York Times? Hell, even compared to the readership of the Arizona Republic?

  4. So if this is mainstream, that means the fringe guys are doing even more extreme stuff? Like, barbed wire wrapped around the tongue and see-through skulls? Cause I want a see-through skull.

  5. a better question would be, what isn’t on the internet? and warren, what the hell is your fascination with penis torture and arse eels?

  6. shocked to say i feel kind of sick from that. it’s all shit i’ve at the very least seen before but seeing it all crammed tgether to that song [which wa skinda cool] was too much.

  7. Just because everyone *knows* about something doesn’t make it mainstream. I highly doubt that creative-mangling-of-the-cock-with-nasty-metal-implements is every going to be more than the fetish of tiny, tiny minority.

    Widespread knowledge of a trend doesn’t imply widespread adoption of a trend.

  8. You win.
    I’ll be un-bookmarking you now

  9. Is “mainstream” simply audience or does it imply endorsement, financial support, etc?

    I’ve stopped cringing at almost anything which involves voluntary participants, and started cringing a lot more at news footage on rare occasions I watch it…

    From what I’ve seen, this type of self-play (i.e. doing genital cutting/piercing on oneself) seems to be far more something men do than women.

  10. Audience size, more than anything, I think.

  11. wow… I must say, even after frequent visits to Ogrish and Rotten, that may be one of the most disturbing/compelling thing I have yet seen on the net.

    Now, bring on the Katie West. Or at very least a picture of a baby gorilla to help flush away the burning after-image.

  12. still feeling sick

  13. Ha! Not one hour after I got the MODBLOG update in my feed reader does Warren Ellis have a comment written up about it. You’re right, Warren: this is not only the future, it is the present, and it is more *present* than the above commentators may perceive.

    However, as desenisitized as I am to images of abused genetalia (thank you, BME!), I still can’t deal with the hardcore-fetish-assplay. Insides should not become outsides. Not sexy.

  14. Awww, Zoe. I’m almost sorry.

  15. if this is “present,” then the voyeurs are the present, those that exhibit this behavior are still fringe, and if self mutilation to this extent becomes as common as tattoos and piercings then i’m going to find a different planet to live on. personally, i think it says a lot about a person who will hammer a nail into his cock.

  16. hmm. well, if this is payback then i s’pose it’s ok.
    you monster.

    squishmonster.

  17. There was an old video called Affliction someone tricked me in to watching when I lived at my old house. Featured lots of this kind of thing, only with considerably more blood.

    The most damaging part to me was video of this guy stabbing his prick with a needle, and shooting a load of cum and blood onto another guys face.

    We still play it at parties if people are around who’ve never seen it.

    More food for me!

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0292894/

  18. Actually, I think one of the most interesting things about all that is that anyone can be cross/miswired enough to *come* while inflicting that level of damage / pain to themselves.

    I have to say, Warren, I don’t think pain, at least on this level, is ever going to be mainstream. These behaviors represent such an unbelievable level of disconnect and ennui that I have to wonder what it says about society as a whole if this is the only way people can creat meaning

  19. There was another video like this I saw a while ago, it was a bit more graphic. Featured more cutting of things.

  20. If I had a cock, that might make me wince. But I have none.

    You boys. You’re strange, strange things you boys.

  21. Melinda brings up a good point: why so many penises getting mistreated and not so many vaginas? Is just because the damned things stick out in such an obvious way…?

  22. Same comment is made on the site at the link.

  23. What’s that highly technical term Warren uses?? Oh yeah I remeber now…”HORK!”

  24. “why so many penises getting mistreated and not so many vaginas?” men are built to destroy and women to create, it keeps the universe in balance.

  25. Yeah, a blog entry doesn’t make penis super-deformation ‘popular’, BUT… exposure, people. How old were you when you saw your first penis torture pic? When you saw goatse, or america’s sweetheart, tubgirl? Well, right now there are teens and sub-teens whose first pornographic discoveries will feature those. Not thanks to warren, or boingboing; it’ll be their friends, their older brothers, their own curiosity that will led them there. No net filter nor repressive or understanding parent will block this, unless they are amish.

    And that’s where the future will come from, from the mind of that boy or girl that instead of dad’s stolen playboy with coy cheerleaders has a DVD-R full of pretty heavy stuff. Can’t imagine what his/her desires will be when growing up, if that material will help a better, more open, healthier attitude towards sex and freedom… or they will become jaded and bored with eels and german scat by the time they’re 17. And start looking for a higher dose. Homemade, maybe.

    Oh well. Good thing I’m too chickenshit to have my own kids.

  26. “One of the points of my forthcoming novel is that once something’s put on the internet, it’s not “fringe” or “edge” anymore.”

    Guess that makes you a F’ing sellout.

    *OH CRAP!*
    Me too.

  27. “Can’t imagine what his/her desires will be when growing up, if that material will help a better, more open, healthier attitude towards sex and freedom… or they will become jaded and bored with eels and german scat by the time they’re 17.”

    I was all over Stileproject and Rotten and Ogrish back in junior high and high school, and indeed became mostly jaded and bored with eels and scat and the rest of it by age 17. Now I’m at a good college and am a vocal sexual freedom advocate with a healthy, semi-kinky sex life. So, yeah, that’s what happens when the internet comes along and gets to the kiddies.

  28. “One of the points of my forthcoming novel is that once something’s put on the internet, it’s not “fringe” or “edge” anymore.”

    Okay, in all seriousness though, I’m not entirely sure I entirely agree. I think that the statement needs to be qualified.

    While the ‘net tends to convert the fringe into memes at the speed of light, something on the web can indeed be pretty “fringe” or “edge”, but it has to be either read by relatively few people, or access needs to be more tightly restricted, such as within a private forum, a “friends only” post, etc.

    Recently, I stumbled upon a weblog with no comments, and presumably, practiclally no readers. The great thing about it is that it is written by a 65-year-old former reporter who is obviously batshit insane, who is on record as saying that something truely horrible will happen this month killing thousands of Americans, and it will happen because of God’s anger at America for torturing him on a routine basis and for trying to block his psychic abilities. He is God’s one and only alien psychic on this planet, and God will have his vengeaance.

    As much as I’m sorely tempted to link people to it or commenting on the guy’s posts, I really resist doing that. I don’t want to change the nature of the site, and I don’t want him being spooked by me, or perhaps becoming fixated on me somehow. that said, I find him to be about as fringe as fringe can be…

    He’s mine, dammit. You can’t have him! At least not yet.

  29. EVERY time i regret clicking the link and EVERY time i click the link again.
    now on to my turkeyburger.

  30. There are ones with vaginal mutilation, odd device that involved a good deal of labial piercings, and a giant stretching device.

  31. I am not clicking that link.
    But I have enjoyed emmencly reading the reactions above, and hearing from my various friends yelping in their journals and damming you for tempting them to click and about it:P

    And I point, laugh and mock at them individualy:)

    I know better:P

    P.s just watched the first two episodes of Deadwood finally tonight..
    I’m hooked, it’s brilliant, I now have a crush on Wildbill..

    I blame you:P
    *smootch*

  32. COCKSUCKA

  33. These video’s are the most desensitising things I’ve ever seen.
    Friend – “I saw my buddy vomit yesterday, it was disgusting!”
    Me – “really, I saw a guy splice his dick in half and fill the wound with wasps”
    Now it takes, blood, electrodes and insects for my dick to even move.

  34. Hmm. I’m tempted to look, but, no, I will pass. Even if something has a large audience, I still feel it falls into The Long Tail thing all the cool people have been talking about. It’s not a “mainstream” large audience. It’s a slowly accumulated large audience, which is a very powerful thing (and the insane amount of users of iam.bme can attest to that).

  35. The site seems to be down right now…
    I’m not sure whether to be happy or not.
    I know who to blame tho ;)

  36. Well, how wonderful that I finally learned about how I was wasting my time, making sweet love to a beautiful woman, when I could be using my genitals to jerk off alone in a room with a webcam, and turning my dick into a TV antena.

    I have been missing out on a LOT!…

    This isn’t mainstream. It’s just plain old sexually disfunctional BS, Warren.

  37. It is truly fascinating, the lengths people will go in their hunt for the obscene and a new sort of pleasure.

    Sort of reminds me of hellbound heart. These are the things i imagine the cenobites engaging in. For foreplay, of course, since they tear people apart for fun.

  38. “Well, how wonderful that I finally learned about how I was wasting my time, making sweet love to a beautiful woman, when I could be using my genitals to jerk off alone in a room with a webcam, and turning my dick into a TV antena.”
    Don’t be so judgemental, it usually takes a whole group of people to devise, make and power up instruments of geniral torture, it’s very social.

  39. “This isn’t mainstream. It’s just plain old sexually disfunctional BS, Warren.”

    This from a HELLRAISER fanboy, knowing full well that that film mainstreamed an 80’s fetish scene that had previously been pretty underground.

  40. To each his own, right?

  41. What is mainstream now? Find me a junior high school kid today that doesn’t know what “The Shocker” is. I feel like my youth was like Leave it to Beaver now. Who knows what kids will do to beavers in the future.

  42. ‘This from a HELLRAISER fanboy, knowing full well that that film mainstreamed an 80’s fetish scene that had previously been pretty underground.’

    Yes I saw some PFIQs in my days, but there’s a difference between reality and fiction. I don’t have to practice the same fetishes I look at in movies, the same as Jason or Freddy fans don’t go around killing people.

    In fact, it might be argued I sublimate those fetishes by watching it in fiction like the Hellraiser movies, as weak as the latest DTV sequels might be.

    But I still think its a bit overreaching to think this kind of behavior (shown in the video) will be mainstream in people’s bedrooms in 3-5 years time.

    The future has ways of taking sharp 90º turns, when you least expect it.

  43. When is a minority group considered mainstream?

    This reminds me of when gays were “underground”. They’re still a minority today, but undeniably mainstream. Tattooed and pierced/modified people will be (and are in a lot of ways) mainstream, but their sex lives may not be. To be quite honest, it’s possible that these are publicly modified people performing these acts, but it’s really probably your librarian, banker, or local police officer. As with BDSM often being grouped with the gays, these acts of genital manipulation/torture are being grouped with the modified. BDSM at this point is mainstream in the sense that people who don’t practice it or approve of it know it exists and may even enter conversation and jest every now and again. Acts as personal as these are being presented publicly within a community of like-minded people around the world…and whoever else happens to wander that way. People are going to express themselves to whoever will accept the expression with, at the very least, some acceptance. BDSM overlapped with the gay community more openly that others, so it was associated there of freely. Genital manipulation/torture overlaps with the body modification community far more openly than others, so it gets associated again freely. Although both sexual fetishes flow outward of said stereotypes quite often. At some point, our society will have to admit that these acts happen and without large participation, this too will be mainstream. One day you may see an Axe body wash commercial alluding to washing each half of your bisected penis or an insect bite cream alluding to getting sexual pleasure from the stings and the cream taking away that pleasure. Who knows?

  44. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!