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6.3.09

secret societies: public or private?



last weekend i went to a club night i go to (mostly) each month. after some trouble and/or craziness at the last one, the organisers decided to be quite strict with the dress code.
"make an effort, or no entry" was the word on the street. ermm.. or the facebook invite :)

which is fine - i usually make a bit of an effort anyway. this time i went as full tilt as i had - furryy collared coat, high-waisted 40s skirt, quiff, stilettos. i had a ball and thought i looked ok, until i got to the door and was refused entry. i practically had to beg to get in, after having to take off my coat to prove that i was 'dressed up' and had tattoos, etc. and then, when in the club, found myself resentful and comparing everyone to make sure that all were at appropriate standard.

i felt quite ill and didn't really appreciate being in a sub-culture that generates that kind of segregation and separation, for the sake of 'safety'. methinks a little smarter 'crowd control' is in order. or an actual guest list. like the big kids do.

apart from it slightly spoiling my night, it did get me thinking about this strange concept of secret societies: the freemasons, the speakeasy, alcoholics anonymous and the secret seven.




is a secret society deemed private? or part of the public sphere? considering one's behaviours are regulated by the populace, and you are not in your own home, there's a leaning towards that of a public or political group. but then again, there's the idea that you have a sense of privacy within a secret society, that there is security and withdrawl from the greater public.

then again, perhaps the attraction or place of these societies in the greater public realm is that they inhabit the divide between public and private - that they provide social interaction that is neither and/or both public and private. that morals and conduct and finances and a sense of community are all addressed for >1, but at very controlled levels.

i have no great conclusion to this idea, but it's something i'm now very interested in... hmmm... [insert chin stroking and pensive look here].


image credit:
Freemasons' Hall, originally uploaded by ɹǝɯıʇɹoɯ

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4 Comments:

At 06 March, 2009 22:53, Anonymous niko said...

furry coat and stilletos? normaly that's a reason not to let females leave the club...guess everything is different down under..

 
At 09 March, 2009 12:03, Anonymous lauren said...

everything is different, niko. everything.

 
At 10 March, 2009 01:13, Blogger Age said...

wtf? what place was this? hella sucky.

hrmmm... something just struck me. Perhaps it is YOU that belongs to a secret society!! This post is your attempt at a web2.0 social media viral thingee campaign for the new Dan Brown movie "Angles & Demons" isn't it?

Admit it I'm right! I knew it! Start talking about secret societies on blogs, build interest, all of a sudden BAMM! I'm seeing trailers for a big blockbuster movie starring Tom Hanks coming soon all about the Illuminati which actually looks awesome and I want to see it even though the Da Vinci Code was a let down but this looks awesome! Ha, nice try Lauren but you're not getting anything past this savvy consumer. To be honest... I'm not disappointed, I admire you're gall.

I know what you're thinking too; that it's actually me that is trying to start the promotional band wagon rolling? Ha! Nice try you secret society type!

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... I'm bored and have too much to do. Can you tell?

 
At 10 March, 2009 04:28, Anonymous lauren said...

age - the place isn't usually this sucky (hence the rant) but i see where you're going with 2.0 viral.. and the answer is that there is no answer - everything is relative. in fact, all that garbage i was going on about on your blog - tabula rasa bollock? that was part of the schtick.. it all links in.

and it's not tom hanks, but matt damon. (well if i'm in the business of inventing a viral, i might as well make it someone who i don't want to throw up over..)

 

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