The Rabbit Hole, Christ Church, Oxford
So this is the very spot where it all begins. The staircase of the Great Hall in Christ Church, Oxford was the inspiration for the Rabbit Hole in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
This is the metaphorical entrance (or en-trance) to a million myths and mysteries swirling through T’hinternets; the timeless, spaceless realm of never-ending twists and turns. Sometimes it is like a maze that leads to dead-ends, echo-chambers and despair. Other times it is like a fractal labyrinth – the very journey itself has rejuvenating qualities.
The Alice stories are woven into the fabric of conspiracy lore. They have influenced ‘The Occult’, promoted by Aleister Crowley who venerated Lewis Carroll, and the Great Beast 666′s misbegotten disciple Elron Hubbard who also utilised the Alice stories in his Scientology mind control cult. They are hard-coded into the Monarch Programme.
The Alice ultra-meme has massively influenced popular culture and was also picked up by the counter-culture of the alternative media land and conspiracy circuit. Like a metaphor of the rabbit hole itself, the Alice legend has cross-pollinated into many other conspiracy related works.
It was the white rabbit of the Alice stories that eventually led Neo out of the Matrix and prompted Morpheus himself to muse
I imagine that right now, you’re feeling a bit like Alice. Hmm? Tumbling down the rabbit hole?
You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
The 5ociety 4 The Great Universe will press forward and continue our Grand Expedition of T’Hinternets, surveying the lay of the land of this strange and beguiling realm, an etheric Wonderland that exists somewhere between the ‘real world’ and the internet collecting data curiosities along the way as well as replenishing the common stock with our own original research by contributing data not previously existing on the web, cataloguing and categorising the artefacts and seeking to disprove Gibson’s assertion in the pioneering days of cyberspace that there are no maps for these territories.