cDc Media Global Domination Update

Cult of the Dead Cow

Global Domination through Media Saturation

Forward to the President. Red Alert. Full Steam Ahead. Power on.

This is Media Global Domination Update number four from the Cult of the Dead Cow's Ministry of Propoganda.
You have never seen us, but you may have felt our wrath. We operate in the bitter darkness outside the known channels. We thrive in the ferro-concrete walls of the technological civilization. We are the stainless steel rats, gnawing at the underpinnings of the 'Information Superhighway', spreading the power and propaganda of the Cow wherever we go.
Founded in 1984, the Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) is the oldest group still active in the computer underground; the only group (aside from a few layme p1RaT3 gR0oPzZz) with a female group member; the only group to host its own annual HoHoCon hacker convention; and, with over 300 text files in circulation, the most prolific group. cDc is definitely cooler than the Legion of Doom (LoD), and more importantly, our T-shirts are more colorful. We also have stickers.
Great, you may say, but have we ever disrupted communications on two continents by moving telecommunications satellites? Mhm. Hacked computing resources belonging to the three-letter agencies and the Pentagon? Yep. Altered environmental controls in local malls via modem? Done that. But unlike other hacker groups you've undoubtedly read about, we've never been caught.
With qualifications like these, it's not surprising that over the past few years, the media has looked to us as the darling boy (and girl) torch-bearers of the DIY-cyber-hacker-underground movement. It's our unfortunate cross to bear. But as the whole of Generation X follows our lead into the new millenium, we feel it is our duty to our peers to maintain the struggle and "raise high our freak flag," as it were.
On their behalf, we intend to dominate and subvert the media wherever possible. Information is a virus. And we intend to infect all of you.

There is no vaccine.
There is no escape.
There is no hope.

There is only cDc.

What follows is the abridged update on our progress to taint your global information outlets. The expanded version of this progress report can be found at

http://www.cultdeadcow.com/oldskool/allmedia.html

And finally, a big hello to all our fans at the US National Archives and Records Administration, who can't get enough of our files! In fact, they spent much of February 23rd grabbing cDc #1 through #300:
 
Fri Feb 23 15:20:07 1996 1 tselba.nara.gov 2616 /pub/cDc/files200-300/cdc290.txt


Long live the underground! When the underground is gone, when the people's will to resist overbearing government and kneejerk morality is gone...
Then, shall I be able to declare America dead.

-- Jello Biafra

I. MAGAZINES/NEWSPAPERS MENTIONING OR QUOTING cDc OR ITS MEMBERS

II. BOOKS MENTIONING cDc OR cDc MEMBERS

III. BOOKS WRITTEN BY OR COLLABORATED WITH THE HELP OF cDc MEMBERS

IV. cDc ON TV

V. cDc ON RADIO

VI. cDc ON VIDEO

VII. MISC

  • No expose on the Information Age would be complete without featuring cDc and the L0pht. Naturally, we're a part of the MIT Media Lab's "24 Hours in Cyberspace"

  • The Magellan Internet Guide has reviewed the cDc web site and Veggie's Mr. T home page. The cDc web site received 3 (out of 4) stars and this rather dull, third-grade attempt at a review:

    Keywords
    Alternative Press, Rantings, Zines

    Audience

    Zine Readers, Free Thinkers

    Description

    The publishers of the Cult of the Dead Cow describe cDc as (paraphrased) the personal rantings of flamboyant and opinionated people in Telecom. The Ninja Strike Force is about stealthy, secretive agents that exist only to fight and die for the glory of the Dead Cow. An article called 'New Hack City' is about the results of 200 hackers who group together one New Years Eve. You can also browse through some online cDc archived articles.

  • The Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters and Academic Discussion Lists also recommends cDc:

    When you hear numbers like 12,000 total internet e-lists bandied about, the 1700 or so here are a valuable culling of that mass. At the same time, this is no blue-nosed selection: PSYCOLOQUY and MIT Press's *Artificial Life Journal* are there, but so is *Cult of the Dead Cow* -- not quite respectable, but in an odd way quite serious and worth at least a small detour if you happen to pass it on a gopher menu.

  • Recognizing the ironic opportunity to subliminally corrupt tens of millions of people through their computer software, cDc subversives have hidden special purpose code within the most popular multi-platform applications. As proof, those applications also contain our signature Easter eggs. Open the About box within Macromedia's Director 5.0. Type "cDc" and then click on any of the silhouettes on the lefthand side. The word ".ooM" will appear. We leave the others for you to find.

  • If ever you find yourself in Lubbock, Texas, stop on by the MOTOR 308 club. Owned by cDc founding fathers Swamp Ratte` and Franken Gibe, MOTOR 308 is the area's only outlet for live underground music. Touring bands can contact Swamp Ratte` by e-mail for booking.

    MOTOR 308
    308 E. 40th
    Lubbock, TX 79404

  • Our own Oxblood Ruffin reflects on punks and computers and, uh... quite a bit else, in web god Lance_yes, I am happy to see you_Arthur's kickass " Glassdog".

  • A Lycos review of cDc:

    Follow the digital hoof prints to this green pasture in TechnoWasteland and you have found the Cow. The Cow is made up of articles on today's culture, expressing righteous anger and maybe more, on the loss of freedom of speech and global domination through media saturation and control. Links to publication information.

  • cDc's web-site makes NETGUIDE'S BEST OF THE WEB:

    "The Cult of the Dead Cow is a cadre of hackers and subversive types who preen themselves on being 'definitely cooler than the Legion of Doom.' ... Cult of the Dead Cow deserves a nod of assent for its passionate (albeit sometimes hysterical) support for unfettered freedom of expression on the Internet."

    VIII. cDc DISTRIBUTION

    IX. WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT cDc


    1984                              Its mourning in America.
    1985
    1986                              You've grown up with cDc.
    1987                              
    1988                              The awkward adolescence, confused teens
    1989                              and stumbling 20/30-nothings.
    1990                              
    1991                              
    1992                              We always knew.
    1993
    1994
    1995
    1996                              Now we're going to turn on you,
    1997                              and leave you for dead.
    


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