Somewhere In The World Right Now…

Somewhere in the world right now…A person wakes up to their existence.

Somewhere in the world right now…A child sits gazing into a T.V screen.

Somewhere in the world right now…A 47 year old, lonely woman sits in her small apartment and cries.

Somewhere in the world right now…A South Californian Buddhist finds inside himself that he is a Bodhisattva.

Somewhere in the world right now…A middle-aged French man sits in his office chair, sighs, and wonders why the hell he’s sitting here.

Somewhere in the world right now…Two inexperienced Jewish teenagers find incredibly powerful joy and happiness in kissing awkwardly for the first time.

Somewhere in the world right now…A German person finds the embodiment of nothingness.

Somewhere in the world right now…A 19 year old English girl smokes a joint and goes on a journey with Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. She freaks out at “Welcome to the machine”, but comes to in the solo of “Have a Cigar”.

Somewhere in the world right now…An African boy strains with force as he drags a huge pile of crops up a steep hill.

Somewhere in the world right now…A teenage American girl scowls with boredom in a plastic, heavily branded fashion boutique.

Somewhere in the world right now…An eccentric Italian man paints his beloved art in a Bargan Public Toilet.

Somewhere in the world right now…A child is tied up to a bed in a dark, damp basement. He doesn’t know where he is. He can barely breathe with the oil stained rag tied around his head.

Somewhere in the world right now…A Hungarian man meets his son for the first time, after 26 years of not even having the slightest idea who he is.

Somewhere in the world right now…A huge room of people in an Australian comedy club are in hysterics after being blitzkrieged with an incredibly creative piece of rhetorical genius.

Somewhere in the world right now…A Syrian teenager is brutally pack raped by a gang of soldiers.

Somewhere in the world right now…A Chinese woman gives birth to her first and only child. She prays that it is a boy.

Somewhere in the world right now…A middle class white man from Sweden is alone in his room, praying to Jesus that he doesn’t have AIDS.

Somewhere in the world right now…A quiet, blond haired teenage girl is violently beaten and bashed by her incredibly religious, alcoholic father. He destroys all of her favorite “sinful” records and books.

Somewhere in the world right now…A Russian woman is told by her doctor that she has malignant breast cancer. Her face is completely devoid of emotion.

Somewhere in the world right now…A 75 year old Spanish woman aches with arthritis as she slowly walks from her bed to her bathroom to urinate.

Somewhere in the world right now…A young woman looks into the mirror and realizes that the only opportunities she will have are the ones she creates herself, and that the only boundaries she has are the ones she imposes on herself. She laughs.

Somewhere in the world right now…A man dies in the street of a heart attack.

Somewhere in the world right now…A person is having a panic attack.

Somewhere in the world right now…A person laughs.

Somewhere in the world right now…A person is in pain.

Somewhere in the world right now…A person sees the light.

Somewhere in the world right now…A person shuns the light.

Somewhere in the world right now…A person lucid dreams.

Somewhere in the world right now…A person cannot sleep.

Somewhere in the world right now…A person wants to die.

Somewhere in the world right now…A person loves to live.

Somewhere in the world right now…A 22 year old man takes a deep breath, and soaks it all in.

There are six billion brains on this planet. And we can all share and experience the same things. Open your heart to the world and feel its happiness and its pain. Once you do this, you are one step closer to knowing who you are.

—-

Originally published on Stileproject.com under the ‘Produkt’ moniker, circa 2001.

Stileproject served as the internet’s foremost breeding ground of Everything/Nothing media – shock value, high impact content, and a flourishing underground community of freaks, tweakers, perverts, idiots and geniuses. For nearly 10 years it thrived, being one of the most controversial sites on the internet.

Stile invited me to write for him for a period of a few years. I innocently gave my email adress so that people could send me feedback.  I would receive endless torrents of  correspondance – pictures of cross dressing Japanese men in cling-wrap, endless dick shots, nuns, weird  Mid-Western teenagers dressed like satan spawn, vicious psychopaths cursing me with the wish to develop cancer, desperate lost souls begging for some kind an answer, and at one stage, the frontman of 80′s glam band Dee Snider offering his opinions on gun control. It was a bit of a weird time.

This was an internet pre-memes, pre-YouTube, pre-critical mass. The people that sought this content were the hungry beasts, the leviathans scouring the depths for the depraved and the enlightenment of the eviscerated underbelly. They congregated here. It was the pre-cursor to the modern day reservoir.

These collections serve as ghosts of a site that was once the exotic playground of all things bizarre and inexplicable, but is now something I really don’t recommend anyone go to in the modern era, lest you wish to find a deluge of medium quality porn tube links.

 

About the author

Jesse Chard:

Jesse Chard is a multi-award winning Australian documentary producer and writer, and founder of The Modern Ritual.

0 Comments

Would you like to share your thoughts?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Leave a Reply