Bobby Campbell's illustration for his @RAWilson23 Twitter account
"The Number 23" WAS A Tribute To Robert Anton Wilson! https://t.co/ThBbpDSHE1 pic.twitter.com/SXF7GzHxqh— Robert Anton Wilson (@RAWilson23) February 19, 2018
Yeah, it’s a shame they made this multi-million-dollar movie about his work without paying RAW a penny *while he was dying in poverty* - such a tribute.— Cat 'Nazi Tweets Sod Off' Vincent (@catvincent) February 19, 2018
While currently treating him as a “brand” and an icon and a guru with bumper sticker catchphrases and “official merchandise” is good because the family gets money...that’s also not an entirely faithful tribute to the actual philosophy he wrote. But that’s just my reality tunnel.— Valerie D'Orazio (@StuffValWrites) February 19, 2018
That is mostly an American stance; in UK, we work more with his actual legacy, as in the Cosmic Trigger play (written with family permission).— Cat 'Nazi Tweets Sod Off' Vincent (@catvincent) February 19, 2018
Fair enough!— Valerie D'Orazio (@StuffValWrites) February 19, 2018
Worth noting that the RAW brand & merch stuff was around while he was still alive, and done by the same people doing it now, and the money not only goes to his family, but they then put it back into keeping his books in print. Seems faithful enough to me!— Robert Anton Wilson (@RAWilson23) February 19, 2018
I mostly mean the shallow icon thing.— Cat 'Nazi Tweets Sod Off' Vincent (@catvincent) February 19, 2018
Everyone gets the RAW they deserve :)))— Robert Anton Wilson (@RAWilson23) February 19, 2018
More at the link.
At RAWDAY 2017 Eric Davis commented on the idea of RAW becoming an icon, and the slippery slope to commercial idolatry. How do we simultaneously promote RAW's ideas and yet retain authenticity.
I guess I'm not sure what to think about "bumper sticker catchphrases." I don't have a RAW bumpersticker on my car (I have a sticker promoting the local college radio station, and that's about it), but if I did have a bumper sticker, what of it? I don't see any signs that RAW's thought is ubiquitous in our culture. I don't mind a little marketing.
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