Happy Mutant Handbook Mass Market Paperback – Dec 12 2012
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In the wrong hands, this book would receive a dousing of gasoline and a quick flick of the Bic. In the right hands, this is a delightfully subversive manual for a lifetime of fun.
This is the do-it-yourself handbook for enjoying our media-saturated world by tinkering with how it works. Pulls together the kookiest and most engaging ideas from the Internet, great suggestions on "culture jamming" (a practice of co-opting the resources, messages, and brain-washing machinery of existing media, pioneered by Adbusters magazine), and generally jam-packed with loads of fun ideas and funny material.
(Editor's note: In some ways, the Happy Mutant philosophy is the cyberspawn of the behavioral shenanigans of the Dadaists, Surrealists, or the lesser-known but more interesting Situationists. )
Top Customer Reviews
It's great. You'll find tips on building hacking, how to do "your" work while appearing to be doing "their" work, turning the tables on telemarketers, creating your own personal anti-marketing strategy, getting your zine seen, and The Urban Absurdist Survival Kit which offers official looking signs you can copy and stick around to confuse and amuse. It also includes character profiles of idiots you are likely to run into on the net, conveniently printed up as cards to cut out and keep handy for quick identification. Plus, articles on Ivan Stang, Roger Corman, Jim Ludtke, and Patch Adams (oooh, even scarier than Robin Williams).
Get your giggles off while undermining the Man. But, this book isn't all just fun and games, it contains a degree of seriousness, yet it is also serious fun. *The Happy Mutant Handbook* possesses teeth but when it nips it aims for the funny bone.
Buy this book, read it, play with it, give it a hug. You two kids could become really good friends.
The opening chapter is right: if you're the sort of person who finds comfort in authority, or if you think that spray-painting a huge "A" on one of the Space Needle stanchions is any way to express your individuality, this book will either change your life or make you very, very scared.
For everyone else, this book is a fun, inspiring guide to building a cultural phenomenon on your own sense of the absurd. What greater goal in life could there be?
Most recent customer reviews
Because of the happy mutant handbook I know now that being weird is the best thing in the world!! It has made me look at the world in a whole new way. Read morePublished on March 11 1999
There is a ton of fun in here if you really are the type of person that this book was written for. And if you are that type of person, you will have the time of your life with the... Read morePublished on Dec 4 1997 by firstname.lastname@example.org
This book is the best book I have read in a long time.
If you find yourself constinly bored with the normal rat
race of life then these activities can provide a much... Read more
I would classify this book as a extremly humorus, entertaining,
and all around cool handbook with information about all kinds
of hacking, bugging people, and just having... Read more
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