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Legend Tripping- the process of seeking adventure by going to places known to be associated with paranormal events. In the episode we offer some background on legend tripping in America (wait for Part Two for the best international destinations), including Capt. McKerry’s Vault on the Ohio River (Indiana)~Goatman’s Grave in Missouri~Ong’s Hat (ghosttown in NJ~Mountain Meadows Massacre Site (UT)~Winchester Mystery House (CA)~The Marshall House Hotel (Savannah GA)~Bloody Lane at Antietam (Sharpsburg, MD~Fort Monroe (Hampton, VA~ Murder Hotel (Chicago)~The Bridgewater Traingle (Mass)~ The 8 Best Places to find Bigfoot (in US).

This Is Not A Game: How the legend of Ong’s Hat foretold the modern internet

In his newest podcast, This Is Not A Game, award-winning journalist and documentary maker Marc Fennell explores the internet’s first conspiracy theory – the legend of Ong’s Hat.

The six-episode documentary podcast investigates the unexplored world of tech hippies, eccentric web subcultures, and simmering paranoia, and follows Fennell as he uncovers how this tongue-in-cheek artistic experiment backfired on its creator and went on to influence much of what’s wrong with the internet today.

Podcast Week’s Tess Connery caught up with Fennell ahead of the Audible podcast’s launch.

What was it about the legend of Ong’s Hat that caught your attention? How did this whole project come about?

Fennell: “I’ve spent more than a decade covering the internet and technology through my other work, and it occurred to me that when it comes to technology, we often talk about the present and the future. We very rarely talk about how it is that we got here.

“It’s a bloody weird story. The basic gist of it is that in the early days of the Internet, you’ve got this engineer who starts a joke amongst nerds that in the middle of the woods is a shack where a bunch of renegade scientists attempt to build a portal to another world in the shape of an egg. It’s objectively crazy, but the thing is, everyone who was online at that point kind of got it.

“The thing that stood out to me is that it is a cautionary tale. You and I both know that the internet today is a complete trash fire – it’s never been easier to distrust each other. And it struck me that this was a cautionary tale, because everything bad about the incident today, we were warned with this story. This tale is absolutely a parable from the past that could have warned us about how we got here.”

How did you approach the research on this project? The early internet is a whole other beast, how much of it was still around for you to find?

Fennell: “One of the reasons this conspiracy theory was so intoxicating for people is that the puppet master, Joe, would put out little breadcrumbs of real and fake, and people who got sucked into it really felt like they had to investigate, they had to engage. They had to do a bit of work.

“That means they have a sense of engagement, they’re like, I discovered this, I did my own research, which meant that there was a sense of pride. So people kept a lot of stuff, people kept their memorabilia and the bits of pieces of information they’d acquired. That made it a little bit easier to keep track of.”

You have a few podcasts under your belt now. What is it that keeps you coming back to audio projects?

Fennell: “The really interesting thing with audio is that the listener is an active participant, because they are using their imagination to create the world. We’ve gone harder with sound design on This Is Not A Game than any other project I’ve ever been involved in. It’s easily the trippiest, most enveloping audio experience of anything I’ve ever made – the whole idea was to pull people into the rabbit hole.

“What was super important for this series more than any was to create that that sense of getting lost in the woods with you and your imagination. That’s one of those moments, one of those ways in which audio is just so powerful, because it employs your own imagination as a listener.”

What do you hope people take away from This Is Not A Game?

Fennell: “We all share responsibility for the internet, because it’s now so big and so ubiquitous, and it connects us all. It was built as a reflection of certain human tastes and certain human ideas about how we should interact, but now it belongs to all of us. If we want the internet to be less of a trash fire, if we want the internet to be a more trustworthy place, it is now it is no longer just the responsibility of tech companies and government – although they play a role.

“We also have to change how we behave and we treat other people online. There is a transference that’s occurred on our watch from theirs to ours. I think we all have a responsibility to cultivate the web that we want.”

[Listen to This Is Not A Game here]

This Is Not a Game with Marc Fennell

This Is Not a Game is the extraordinary untold story of the internet’s first conspiracy theory, the legend of Ong’s Hat.
LINK: https://www.audible.com/pd/This-Is-Not-a-Game-with-Marc-Fennell-Audiobook/B0CYM73MWM This Is Not a Game is the extraordinary untold story of the internet’s first conspiracy theory, the legend of Ong’s Hat. Marc Fennell will dive deep into a previously unexplored world of tech hippies, eccentric web subcultures, and simmering paranoia, uncovering how this tongue-in-cheek artistic experiment backfired on its creator and went on to influence much of what’s wrong with the internet today. Hosted and co-produced by Marc Fennell A BBC Studios production for Audible ©2024 Marc Fennell (P)2024 BBC Studios Productions Ltd.

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The insurrection of which you are the hero

We will see later how this central idea of ​​radical mutual aid is embodied. In the meantime, what form does Hypergaming actually take? The alchemist responds by recalling that it comes from the world of ARG (Alternate reality game) augmented reality games. An ARG is an interactive online narrative that leverages the real world as a platform and uses transmedia storytelling to deliver a story that can be changed by players’ ideas or actions. Basically, it is the meeting between a life-size treasure hunt in the form of a treasure hunt, involving the interactive unfolding of a story, the use of new technologies and a community. Considered the father of modern ARGs, the “Incunaba papers” refer to a set of documents which circulated between four researchers from the 1980s via the first computer networks. The center of their research would have been located in a ghost town in New Jersey, Ong’s Hat. “Like the Incunaba papers, summarizes the Alchemist, the founding text of the Hypergame, presented by many as the introduction to the Great Game to Come [ 4 ]
[4] Grand Jeu A Coming: This collection brought together for the first…

theorized more than half a century ago by situs, was first published on the Internet in the form of a participatory collection.

We see that Hypergaming, more of a transmedia concept than an online platform, even encrypted, born from the libertarian counterculture and developed in particular by the theorist Mckenzie Wark, remains a very mysterious object. And, as if to add more, the alchemist recognizes “that there are as many definitions of Hypergaming as there are hyperplayers. Some even maintain that it does not exist, which adds to its legend.” Here we are!

Complete Article: https://lundi.am/Radical-l-hyperjeu-des-fees-anarchistes

Perplexity: A Mystery PodcastEpisode 67: Ong’s Hat, New Jersey and the Internet Conspiracy Theory

Show link: https://shows.acast.com/perplexitymysterypodcast/episodes/episode-67-ongs-hat-new-jersey-and-the-internet-conspiracy-t https://sphinx.acast.com/p/open/s/6581f49405fe780015128caa/e/65e09a7996c1510018f8197d/media.mp3?tk=eyJ0ayI6ImRlZmF1bHQiLCJhZHMiOmZhbHNlLCJzcG9ucyI6ZmFsc2UsInN0YXR1cyI6InB1YmxpYyJ9&sig=Q-6tmBj-9IuVheZRTd4h_JCZ5D6Zlrp2wWLZ_51NPc8 Have you ever driven through a ghost town and wondered about the history behind it? What ruin or tragedy may have led to the town becoming nothing more than a skeleton? And have you ever wondered if these towns can serve as gateways or portals to the other side? What would you do if you ventured into an internet forum, where hundreds of people were claiming to have discovered another universe hidden in a lost town? In this episode, we will journey into the complex story of Ong’s Hat, New Jersey and the man who put this town back on the map… sort of.

The Incredible Tale of Ong’s Hat

Step into the enigmatic world of Ong’s Hat, a town shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Join us as we delve into the rich history and captivating legends that have surrounded this puzzling place for decades. From its obscure origins to the strange stories that have been passed down through generations, this video is your ultimate guide to unlocking the secrets of Ong’s Hat.

Discover why Ong’s Hat has become a hotbed for urban legends and conspiracy theories, and separate fact from fiction as we explore the truth behind the myths. With each twist and turn, you’ll find yourself drawn deeper into the enigma that is Ong’s Hat.

The Elusive Town of Ong’s Hat
The Mysterious Moorish Science Ashram
The Incunabula Papers and Internet Speculation
The Pine Barrens of New Jersey
The Internet and the Spread of Urban Legends
The Legacy of Ong’s Hat
The True Uncharted Territory
Journey’s End, The Story Continues

Tales of Weird NJ: Bovine, Bigfoot & Frogs

Paul Giamatti and friends discuss weird New Jersey stories and give some props to Ong’s Hat.
Recorded live from the (possibly haunted) Marines’ Memorial Theatre in San Francisco at @SFSketchfest 2024 with special guest, comedian, writer, and host of the Beautiful/Anonymous podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast…, Chris Gethard. Chris heard about a lot of brushes with the paranormal during his time at Weird NJ, and he relays one of the spookiest stories imaginable about a band of silent, menacing cows leading the way to a flannel-clad BigFoot lying supine on a mattress. Was there LSD involved? And what’s more terrifying, encounters with man, or the supernatural? You decide Chinwaggers! Paul Giamatti is an award-winning actor and producer. Stephen Asma is a professor and author specializing in the philosophy of science, religion, and art. Chris Gethard is a comedian, author, actor and host of the Beautiful/Anonymous podcast which was recently adapted into a 4-part series streaming on Topic. He also wrote the book “Weird New York” and hosts the podcast New Jersey is the World, a celebration of his home state. If you want to see Chris live, check out his tour dates on https://chrisgeth.com/. ???????????? ========= Bonus Chin-Word: ONG’S HAT =========

133 — Joseph Matheny Interview: Ong’s Hat & The Alchemy of Alternative Realities

A great conversation I had with the guys from The Long Seventies Podcast Show page: https://www.thelongseventiespodcast.com/home/2024/2/15/133-joseph-matheny-interview-ongs-hat-amp-the-alchemy-of-alternative-realities

VYS0036 | Infinite Game – Vayse to Face with Joseph Matheny

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Some rare art transcends reality, some even rarer art seems to create a new reality altogether – the work of Joseph Matheny does both of these things while embracing the trickster spirit inherent in the magickal traditions in which his work has its roots.

Joseph talks to Hine and Buckley about Ong’s Hat, his “living book” project, widely recognised as the first Alternate Reality Game, and how it took on a life of it’s own, not only for the people who were playing it but also for the people who created it. The conversation also turns to synchronicity and how his recent work, the Liminal Cycle, seems to generate synchronicity in the lives of those who engage with it, how his work connects so closely to magick, nature and theatre, his experiences in the North Pole and how they affected his writing, the use of magic in political systems and how the internet we know and love (to hate) today retains the legacy of the ritual magicians and DnD enthusiasts who created it… (recorded 7 February 2024)

Thanks to Joseph for his time and thanks, as always, to Keith for the excellent show notes, you can hit him up on on bluesky: @peakflow.bsky.social

Joseph Matheny online

Official Archive of the Ong’s Hat Project
Ong’s Hat website
YouTube channel
Goodreads page
IMDb page

Hine and Buckley’s Intro

Neuralink – Wikipedia
Elon Musk says Neuralink has implanted its first brain chip in human – The Guardian
True Detective (Season 1) – Wikipedia
Ong’s Hat – Wikipedia
Ong’s Hat: The Beginning (Authorized Version) by Joseph Matheny (Audiobook) – Soundcloud
Ong’s Hat: The Beginning (Authorized Version) by Joseph Matheny – Goodreads
Alternate reality game (ARG) – Wikipedia
QAnon – Wikipedia
January 6 United States Capitol attack – Wikipedia
Pizzagate conspiracy theory – Wikipedia
Gamification in Politics: how does it influence Political Participation? by Elena Giordano – Medium
Liminal (The Liminal Cycle) by Cameron Whiteside (Joseph Matheny) – Goodreads
Xen: The Zen of the Other (The Liminal Cycle) by Ezra Buckley (Joseph Matheny) – Goodreads
Statio Numero (The Liminal Cycle) by Joseph Matheny, Jason Nunes (Illustrator) – Goodreads

Joseph’s early background in tech

Early Personal Computers, 1970s-1980s – Museums Victoria
Technology that changed us: The 1980s, from MS-DOS to the first GPS satellite – ZDNET
Berkeley Macintosh User Group – Wikipedia
Steve Wozniak – Wikipedia
ARPANET – Wikipedia
Dial-up Internet access – Wikipedia
Bulletin board system – Wikipedia
Email – Wikipedia
The History of Email: Digging Into the Past, Present, and Future – Email On Acid
Pony Express – Wikipedia

Joseph’s epiphany

High Frontiers magazine – Anarchivism
High Frontiers Issue #1 – Archive.org
Modem – Wikipedia
The WELL – Wikipedia
Dialer – Wikipedia
Apple Inc. – Wikipedia
Silicon Valley: How a Bunch of Hippies Changed the World – Techovedas

Joseph’s ‘living book’ art project

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Wikipedia
Ceremonial magic – Wikipedia
Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) – Wikipedia
The worlds of technology and magic are closer than you think – Dazed
Swiss Army knife – Wikipedia
This is Not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco and Jean-Claude Carrière – Goodreads
Nick Herbert (physicist) – Wikipedia
Bulletin board system (BBS) – Wikipedia
How Psychedelics Helped Shape Modern Technology – Psychedelic Spotlight
Mycelium – Wikipedia

Magic is theatre; theatre is magic

Live action role-playing gamer (LARP) – Wikipedia
Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) – Wikipedia
Rimbaud’s Systematic Derangement of the Senses – Language is a Virus
Arthur Rimbaud – Wikipedia
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn – Wikipedia
John Dee – Wikipedia
Enochian magic – Wikipedia
Enochian (language) – Wikipedia
Watchtower (magic) – Wikipedia
Scrying – Wikipedia
“Spirit mirror” used by 16th-century occultist John Dee came from the Aztec Empire – Live Science
What Do The Angels From The Bible Actually Look Like? – All That’s Interesting
Ezekiel – Wikipedia
Yahweh – Wikipedia
J. Z. Knight / Ramtha – Wikipedia

Would there be magic without humans?

Jacques Vallée – Wikipedia
Daemon (computing) – Wikipedia
Httpd – Wikipedia
Unix – Wikipedia
Linux – Wikipedia
Invocation – Wikipedia
Evocation – Wikipedia
Function (computer programming) – Wikipedia
Magical Code and Coded Magic: The Persistence of Occult Ideas in Modern Gaming and Computing
Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers by Jacques F. Vallée – Goodreads
Martin Shaw website: books
Wolf Milk: Chthonic Memory in the Deep Wild by Martin Shaw – Goodreads
Devon – Wikipedia
William S. Burroughs – Wikipedia
Brion Gysin – Wikipedia
Cut-up technique – Wikipedia
Cut ups – BrionGysin.com
The Third Mind – Wikipedia
The Third Mind by William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin – Goodreads
Simonton’s Famous Flying Flapjacks, Just Another Tin Foil Hat – YouTube
The Eagle River Incident – UFO Insight
Cosmic Trigger I: The Final Secret of the Illuminati – Wikipedia
Buckwheat – Wikipedia
The Trickster and the Paranormal by George P. Hansen – Goodreads
Peripheral vision – Wikipedia

Joseph’s thoughts on, and experiences of, synchronicity

Synchronicity – Wikipedia
Collective unconscious – Wikipedia
Psychic staring effect – Wikipedia
Grimoire – Wikipedia
Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic by Aidan Wachter – Goodreads
Everything You Need to Know about Salmon Fishing in Alaska – Katmai Fishing Guides
Sockeye salmon – Wikipedia
Naknek, Alaska – Wikipedia
Contiguous United States (‘The lower 48’) – Wikipedia
Jack London – Wikipedia
Arctic circle – Wikipedia
Arctic methane emissions – Wikipedia
‘Squirt the bird’ – Wordspy
True Detective: Night Country (Season 4) – Wikipedia
True Detective (Season 2) – Wikipedia
Watchmen (TV series) – Wikipedia
Rust Cohle – Wikipedia
Thomas Ligotti – Wikipedia
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race – Wikipedia
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror by Thomas Ligotti – Goodreads
The magnetic field near the Arctic is acting weird – The Verge
Climate change is rapidly transforming the Arctic: Why everybody should care – The Hill
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles – Wikipedia

We are nature

Big Sur – Wikipedia
Santa Cruz, California – Wikipedia
Central Coast (California) – Wikipedia
Sequoioideae (Redwood) – Wikipedia
Jack Kerouac – Wikipedia
Big Sur (novel) – Wikipedia
Henry Miller – Wikipedia
Esalen Institute – Wikipedia
Robert Anton Wilson – Wikipedia
‘Dark Watchers’ have been spooking California hikers for centuries. What are they? – Live Science
Brocken spectre – Wikipedia
Shamanism and trees – Shamanic Practice
Peter Levenda – Wikipedia
Joseph Campbell – Wikipedia
Cardinal Directions Spiritual Meaning – Spiritual Desk
Firmament – Wikipedia
The Matrix – Wikipedia

Is the Internet a failed experiment in freedom of expression?

How the Internet Has Changed Everyday Life – Open Mind BBVA
Early websites 1991 – 1995 – Web Design Museum
The Deoxyribonucleic Hyperdimension – Deoxy.org website
Gopher (protocol) – Wikipedia
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) – Wikipedia
Incunabula Research Centre – Deoxy.org
Timothy Leary – Wikipedia
Robert Anton Wilson – Wikipedia
John C. Lilly – Wikipedia
E- commerce – Wikipedia
Art Bell – Wikipedia
HTML – Wikipedia
Adobe Photoshop – Wikipedia
How The Internet Transformed The American Rave Scene – NPR
Disinformation (company) – Wikipedia
Penny Royal podcast website
Push technology – Wikipedia
Algorithm – Wikipedia
MySpace – Wikipedia
Spotify – Wikipedia
Neurodiversity – Wikipedia
Artificial Intelligence – Wikipedia
Encounters: Experiences with Nonhuman Intelligences by D.W. Pasulka – Goodreads
Chatbot – Wikipedia
Cut-up technique – Wikipedia
Large language model – Wikipedia
Enochian (language) – Wikipedia
Jacques Vallée – Wikipedia
Scrying – Wikipedia
Creepy Microsoft Bing Chatbot Urges Tech Columnist To Leave His Wife – Huffington Post
Dave Metcalfe’s blog
Source code – Wikipedia
Ezekiel – Wikipedia
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – Wikipedia
Special Collections & Archives – UC Santa Cruz
Alchemy – Wikipedia
Hermeticism – Wikipedia
Schizophrenia – Wikipedia
Santa Barbara, California

Art becoming someone else’s reality

Rorschach test – Wikipedia
Waking Life – Wikipedia
Waking Life (2001) Official Trailer – YouTube
Rotoscoping – Wikipedia
Richard Linklater – Wikipedia
Philip K. Dick – Wikipedia
A Scanner Darkly (film) – Wikipedia
A Scanner Darkly (2006) Official Trailer – YouTube
A Scanner Darkly (novel) – Wikipedia
Allen Greenfield on Twitter/X
Santa Cruz , California – Wikipedia
Valis (novel series) – Wikipedia
Gnosis (magazine) – Wikipedia
Gnosis magazine website
High Frontiers magazine – Anarchivism
Robert Anton Wilson – Wikipedia
Berkeley, California – Wikipedia
Big Sur – Wikipedia
Route 66 – Wikipedia
Los Angeles – Wikipedia
Jim Morrison – Wikipedia
J.R. “Bob” Dobbs – Wikipedia
Church of the Sub Genius – Wikipedia
1989 Loma Prieta earthquake – Wikipedia
Tai chi – Wikipedia
Timothy Leary – Wikipedia
Nina Graboi – Wikipedia
Albert Hofmann (chemist) – Wikipedia
R. Gordon Wasson – Wikipedia
Terence McKenna – Wikipedia
Dennis McKenna – Wikipedia
St Louis Obispo, California – Wikipedia
Robertson Jeffers – Wikipedia
Peter Levenda – Wikipedia
Sinister Forces Series by Peter Levenda – Goodreads
Project Artichoke (formerly Project Bluebird) – Wikipedia
Edward Kelley – Wikipedia
John Dee – Wikipedia
Edward Kelley and Paul Waring Raising the Dead – The Occult and Magick blog
Cosmic Trigger I (audiobook) – Audible
Light pollution – Wikipedia
Noise pollution – Wikipedia
Electromagnetic radiation and health – Wikipedia
Nonsense Bizarre podcast

Psychoactive texts

Paul Weston’s website
VYS0023 | Mercurial, Mutable, Mysterious Something – Vayse to Face with Paul Weston
Synchromysticism, Wikipedia
Valis (novel) – Wikipedia
Cosmic Trigger I: The Final Secret of the Illuminati – Wikipedia
Robert Anton Wilson – Wikipedia
Syd Barrett – Wikipedia
Psychedelic drug – Wikipedia
The Illuminatus! Trilogy – Wikipedia
The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson – Goodreads
The Raw Shark Texts – Wikipedia
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall – Goodreads

Are ideas living things?

Animism – Wikipedia
VYS0010 | Amazing Stories – Vayse to Face with Dr Allen H Greenfield Pt.1
VYS0011 | Weird Tales – Vayse to Face with Dr Allen H Greenfield Pt.2
Muscle memory – Wikipedia
Genesis P-Orridge – Wikipedia ( )
Psychic TV – Wikipedia
William S. Burroughs – Wikipedia
Cut-up technique – Wikipedia
Cartesianism – Wikipedia
Capitalism – Wikipedia
The Trickster and the Paranormal by George P. Hansen – Goodreads

Are there magicians in politics?

Group Magickal Workings in Politics – Reddit
What is Meme Magick? – YouTube
Pepe the Frog (and Kek) – Wikipedia
Cambridge Analytica – Wikipedia
Steve Bannon – Wikipedia
Chaos magic – Wikipedia
A video making the rounds online depicts Trump as a Messiah-like figure – NPR
Hacker – Wikipedia
Caller ID Spoofing – Wikipedia
Sophomore – Wikipedia
Memetics – Wikipedia
Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections – Wikipedia
Punk’d (TV series) – Wikipedia
Playing the Infinite Game – World Quant
Zero-sum game – Wikipedia
Gamification – Wikipedia
Bitcoin – Wikipedia
Live action role-playing game(LARP) – Wikipedia
Reality tunnel – Wikipedia
A framework for using magic to study the mind – Frontiers in Psychology
Ritual In Game Design – Lumpley Games
Ritual, reality and representation: From ancient theatre to postmodern performance – Interartive
Charles Bukowski, “Find what you love and let it kill you” quote – Goodreads
Charles Bukowski – Wikipedia

Joseph’s recommendations (with suggestions from Buckley and Hine)

Under the Silver Lake – Wikipedia
Under The Silver Lake (2019) Official Trailer – YouTube
Everything Everywhere All At Once – Wikipedia
Everything Everywhere All At Once | Official Trailer – YouTube
Michelle Yeoh – Wikipedia
Jackie Chan – Wikipedia
Wolf Milk: Chthonic Memory in the Deep Wild by Martin Shaw – Goodreads
Martin Shaw author page – Goodreads
High Fidelity (film) – Wikipedia
High Fidelity (2000) Theatrical Trailer – YouTube
John Cusack – Wikipedia
Evanston, Illinois – Wikipedia
High Fidelity (novel) – Wikipedia

Vayse online

Vayse website
Vayse on X/Twitter
Vayse on Instagram
Music From Vayse – Volume 1 by Polypores
Vayse on Ko-Fi
Vayse email: vayseinfo@gmail.com

Buckley’s Closing Question(s)

Central Intelligence Agency – Wikipedia
Dealey Plaza – Wikipedia
The motives of Terry Wriste – Reddit
Georgia Guidestones – Wikipedia
Waste Container (Wheelie bin) – Wikipedia
Voynich manuscript – Wikipedia
Ashtar (extraterrestrial being) – Wikipedia
D. B. Cooper – Wikipedia
The Narrator (Fight Club) (Tyler Durden) – Wikipedia
Fight Club trailer – YouTube