Sunday, February 06, 2005

File 1.02

The tin-foil hat via wikipedia
"While there have been and still are many people who believe in the actual utility of such devices, the wearing of tin-foil hats has become a popular stereotype and term of derision, particularly in Internet culture. This draws on the stereotypical image of belief in mind control by ESP, microwave radiation or other technological means as part of the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. The delusion of "mind control rays" generally seems very real to those thus afflicted, and the making and wearing of improvised defences against the imagined rays is a commonly observed phenomenon in people afflicted by severe paranoid delusions."
If you spend any amount of time "on the internet" (in forums, IRC, shoutboxes, etc.) you will have encountered the satirical tin-foil hat wearer. The hat's main function is protection from the agencies FBI, CIA, NSA, but also from the RIAA and MPAA, and from alien abduction. Alas, it cannot deter the IRS.


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