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7.22.2004

Alan Moore Interview 

Salon has a great interview with Alan Moore. Unfortunately they insist on charging people to read it (or you can get a free day pass by watching an ad). This interview is important enough that I've archived it as a PDF for those folks who aren't Premium Subscribers. Enjoy!
One of the reasons we singled out media... was because it is one of the most useful tools of tyranny. We invite it into our own home every night; I'm sure that some of us think of it as a friend. That might be a horrifying notion but I'm sure there are people who think of television as perhaps one oftheir most intimate friends. And if the TV tells them that things in the world are a certain way, even if the evidence of their senses asserts it is not true, they'll probably believe the television set in the end. It's an alarming thought but we brought it upon ourselves. I mean, I think that television is one of the most diabolical -- in the very best sense of the word -- inventions of the past century. It has probably done more to degrade the mind and intelligence of its audience, even if they happen to be drug addicts or alcoholics; I would think that watching television has done more to limit their horizons in the long run. And it has also distorted our culture.

TV and politics have always made inevitable bedfellows, but the results have been disastrous. Look at the situation we have now. Let's say that tomorrow someone who is a political genius were to emerge -- and I'm not expecting this to happen, but say that it did. Say that a politician emerged who seemed, for once, basically competent, who seemed to be able to do their job as well as the average cab driver, comic writer or journalist. If they were the most intelligent, visionary, humane political thinker in the history of mankind, but were also fat, had some sort of blemish or something that made them less than telegenic, we would not be able to elect them. All we're able to elect are these telegenic, photogenic crypto-Nazis. As long as they look good. I suppose it's too early to go into my rant on Ronald Reagan? That would be tasteless.

Comments:
Many thanks for the PDF! I was hoping someone would make this available (as if I need to pore over another Alan Moore interview).

-electric monk
 
great stuff from Moore, thanks much for making it freely accessible
- commonasdirt
 
Thanks for the pdf. Very kind. Now I have to go pour through Watchmen again.
 
thank you so very much for the pdf! everyone in my household is a longtime Alan Moore fan, including the cat :::)))
 
Cool, I thought folks would be stoked. Glad to help! Sorry to Salon...
 
it's eerie, thinking about just how influential alan moore has been.. listened to S.P.'s daddyUwarbash while I read & thought it fitting:

"we remove ourselves from the war looking from a distance -- sanitized -- wash your hands & feel it, the dirt is down the drain...."

but really, is it any surprise that mages know how to see behind the curtains?
 
great idea to make this pdf available. hopefully salon or moore's publishing agency wont try to serve you a cease and desist order on it.

has anybody got a pdf copy of an interview alan moore did with a small paper called "arthur mag"? it was about a year and a half ago maybe, and it was much more about his dealings with magic and art. ive looked around online, but found nothing. i have a hard copy of the paper, but not the facilities to scan and text-recognize the whole thing. its super long. maybe somebody else got to it before me?

if anybody has, please drop me a line on my site. thanks!
 
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