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This is Dark Data
They call it the “intellectual dark web.”
They call it the “intellectual dark web.” They said we had a “dark enlightenment.” This is, and everything I enjoy, is “dark data.”
I am not a reactionary. I don’t want to go back to an obsolete political system. This argument is in bad faith. Rather, I see myself as a Hegelian. We are against egalitarianism, democracy, universalism, individualism, liberalism, capitalism, and most importantly, modernity. I am an anti-modernist.
But I was never a fan of Curtis Yarvin or Nick Land. Instead, I take side with Eric S. Raymond. We are at war between The Cathedral and The Bazaar.
I see myself coming from the Demoscene. While not programming demos for the Amiga, I have made over 500 audiovisuals at YTMND.com, along with posting over 3000 comments since 2009. I’m still a top YTMND user to this day.
I remember 2009 when everything decent about the internet scene died. Old technology dies, and new forms arise. Maybe I came into the game too late. But maybe, I came in at the right time.
I closely align with hacker culture. My soul exists purely on the internet. What you find on the internet is data. This data is subjective. We have hobbies based on data and how the data is valued. The internet is a tool. The dark enlightenment rules. We are the Demoscene. This guy named “pilleater” is a spirit. I’m not real.
From text messages, digital text itself, audio, applications, videos, and any computer file, all of it is data. In 2021, Telegram is akin to a clandestine bulletin board system. We send digital letters back and forth. Meanwhile, Twitter is a corporate mainstream version of dark web texting. And now with Twitter Spaces, we hear a stranger’s voice streaming in front of us. Communication is everywhere. And everyone profoundly expresses a hatred for the system. And yet, they rule us on Twitter.
They don’t care what we are really into. All of us in the demoscene exclusively appreciate the art of .mod, .xm, .it, and .s3m files. This is the art between sound and data. From this dark enlightenment perspective, we believe all music should be expressed in module format, not as raw audio files. We must make this distinction between audio and data, as data is important to understanding our craft. Demoscene music forces us to understand what exactly “data” is.
We create data to enlighten the public.
“Yeah sure, like that is an occupation!”
But do you remember the days when we hid in darker spaces?
I remember the days when we only had one platform, the dot com space. Everyone couldn’t afford a website, so we had to use free spaces, like Geocities, Angelfire, and Tripod. And when dot com itself became worthless, we jumped onto Friendster and Myspace. Soon the “normie” entered the world, and we had to work with him so he could think like us.
The corporations tried to stop us. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok made all those virtual spaces worthless. Everyone has a smartphone and pretends to be a computer wiz. We had to retreat into the dark web, so we could bring about a new dark age against the Silicon Valley elite who continue to rule us. They will ban us if we post memes, and they will shadow-ban us if they don’t like us politically.
“We didn’t ask for normies to be online,” we rebuttal.
We always enjoyed our esoteric spaces, from Wizard Chan to Danbooru image hosting. But where are we supposed to go now? What exactly is a “platform” for us?
I am a Sysop. “Siss-op,” they might say. I personally like “Wiz-op.” I love to think of myself as an internet wizard. I have the same duty as a wizard. I control my own Telegram and lead my people. I have my own Twitter to talk to friends, and I have some alt Instagram accounts to spy on people. But the greatest waste of my time was posting on Facebook during its meme years.
There are some platforms inappropriate for our scene. Facebook has always been for normies, or upper-class, white-collar “workers,” who want to be edgy and radical like Twitter users. That's why Facebook posters never leave their platform, because they think they are better than those plebs on Twitter. I won’t ever touch Facebook again, or ever be associated with a “metamodern” pyramid scheme, or hang around “Leftbook” hipsters. What a joke. That is not real darkness. They are posers.
The problem is that data is privatized on Facebook. In other words, it can’t escape the platform. Data must be public. Data must liberate people. It must lurk online for future generations to scout out. And most important, the data I’m after must be dark. As a sysop, I am a curator of data. I show others my data. I lead others into the darkness. I can enjoy light data, but I will make sure that all of it becomes dark.
What is darkness?
Darkness is against the modern world. Darkness is a true form of liberation. It’s like being a black hat hacker, except this time, you are fucking over every bourgeois college professor you ever had. Darkness is anti-liberal. It’s everything the white world rejects.
They don’t want you going on sites that could potentially culture jam the public. They wanted you under a matrix. We didn’t need a graphical user interface. Who cares? But then we had to rely on a sleek GUI to get out. In the early 2000s, kids were using Rapidshare, Megaupload, Mediafire, and Hostgator to download data from the internet. We enjoyed making keygens. That was fun. But then the kids started using BitTorrent. And that fucked things up.
BitTorrent is not about nostalgia. This is about the elite who control us, and how they try to be like us. You see, the elite love BitTorrent because they love to get away with anything.
What seemed like communal networking became tools for the elite. Bitcoin, BitTorrent, whatever “Bit” you have, is often backed by some insidious force. The Anonymous hacker groups call themselves “decentralized” from a social justice point of view. The neoliberal state celebrates this libertarian chaos, and they want everyone isolated, working for their selfish desires. Hipsters love Anarcho-communism and try to implement such a system in our dark spaces. The neoliberal establishment pushes this pseudo-anarchy against us.
Just remember, If Anonymous is supported by Time magazine as the “most influential people,” and celebrates the life of St. George Floyd, obviously The Cathedral is behind it all. Decentralization is against data. They want to break us up. They want us all to be consumers in our own safe spaces. Meanwhile, Jeffery Epstein gets away with his crimes, because he’s a “decentralized” celebrity. Whatever dark data we make, they take. We try and red pill the normies, while they re-appropriate our lingo to make them sleep.
I demand we stop using a GUI altogether. We have to go back to using Linux terminals. We will write out our commands like the wizards we are. If they call us reactionaries, we are returning to a previous operating system, not a political one. We go back and study inside our dark caves. We are isolated again. Remember the good old days of users finding clandestine BBS servers? We are living that life again.
Again, we serve no one. We don’t work for anyone. And we hate the state. We must attack it. Decentralization is liberalism. The kids who still use BitTorrent are afraid of the dark web. Wizards moved on from that. We are here, and we are queer. We download directly without fear. We store data. We create it.
I like to imagine the internet as a puzzling landscape, a magical labyrinth, an art piece something Oskar van Deventer would make up. It is a virtual library the innocent open up, and soon fall into a new world. The purpose of enlightenment comes first with curiosity, and the internet provides that opportunity.
Data is always growing, ever-expanding into an endless void. The Silicon Valley elite try to index us, but we always have escaped from their clutches. You, dear reader, will be exposed to dark data. This is dark data. Don’t tell anyone. One day, we will fill up the void till there is nothing left. They cannot index the inevitable.
This friendly platform, Substack, is not what you think it is. Nobody is here to help you. No one cares, and nobody is listening.
But you are. And I will proselytize you.
…If you don’t know me, I would like to introduce myself.
My name is pilleater. I do stuff on the internet.
I’m not that shady with my operations. I’m a public figure. You can just go to pilleater.com and see all my links there. However, is that I am practically unknown to anyone. That’s a good thing. We are an underground scene. This is the demoscene.
Just think about it. There are too many YouTube channels, all negating each other. It’s a white noise wall. The state is already watching us. The surface-level data can still culture jam the public. We lead them in the right direction. They discover my work, and I turn them against the state. That’s what we all do.
Data is overabundant. You will always have to dig through it to find what you are looking for. Being exposed to this dark data here is not enough to understand my intentions as a wizard.
We don’t make content. Content is for capitalist corporations to distract you. This is data. Data is subjective. Data has no value. It’s what you make of it.
I consider myself an anti-content creator. I take up space. We all have a habit of producing meaningless material. They all insist it has value. So many normies consider the data they create as edible. Always they assume “content” must have value. What they don’t realize is that the racist comment they wrote on YouTube a decade ago is data. Data belongs to the public. Data has no value. Nothing personal. But the greatest crime of all is erasing data. Imagine the day when the elites try to take down the internet. All that data is lost.
We can’t let that happen.
This is our platform. We are at war with content. Our answer is to produce data to no end. Value does not exist on the internet. We are a virtual cult, bent on accelerating art to a whole new level. This is an institution against postmodernity.
Data may be big. Data may be small. But all data made is at least under 1 Megabyte. We produce it like shit. The great automation has devalued everything. We worship data, but we celebrate what is dark. It is indeed criminal I exposed you to a whole new intellectual and criminal space. So welcome to the dark web! Make yourself at home.
This is dark data. Share it with a friend. But don’t get caught.
We will hack the planet.