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As someone once said to Faustus, try your brains and gain a deity, thought Brianna. The end of the beginning. Firstly, Brianna must be magically consecrated if she is in turn to become a magician. She must set herself free from the everyday world, her world; disconnect her connections, for

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ArtBizarreCvltureLiterature

Imagine. A return to a mystical land, where there are many burials but no funerals. Twenty thousand here, ten thousand there. Give or take a dozen either way. An attempt to hide an entire people under soil. What a valiant and audacious plan! Here they go again. Drinking the black

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BizarreCvltureHistory

In the final part of this retrospective of the shock site Ogrish, we look at its sudden end and its replacement by LiveLeak, which all happened on the same day.  The design overhaul of Ogrish from the nihilism and gothic adornments of its ‘Can you handle life’ guise to its

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BizarreCvltureHistory

In this 3rd instalment of a 4 part Ogrish retrospective, we take a closer look at the form and content of the shock site and how it repackaged itself as an alternative form of news service for the digital age.   The original look of the Ogrish site was dark

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BizarreCvltureHistory

The first part of this four part retrospective provided a brief history of the Ogrish shock site which ran from 2000 to 2006, this second instalment looks at the censorship problems the site encountered and its implications for free speech in the new media age. Although Ogrish was never remotely

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BizarreCVLTHistory

If anyone remembers the shock site Ogrish at all, they’d be likely to describe it as ‘the Bestgore of its day’, but at its most potent it hovered on the periphery of popular culture, offering up beheadings and atrocities like event TV while being accused of operating in symbiosis with terrorist

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