by James Farganne
One winter night, I was walking along a major thoroughfare. As I stared into the middle distance,I became aware that the roads of my city were infested with pairs of glowing demonic eyes.
What is going on in the high-dollar world of automotive design? Since when did cars have to resemble snarling things that want to desecrate graves?
Not just headlights have taken on a fiendish aspect. The grills, when seen as mouths, underscore the malevolence. Many tail-lights reflect the trend as well, lighting up with reptilian slits reminiscent of the rape scene in Rosemary’s Baby. Quite a few hatchbacks sport rear-enders that resemble devils’ horns.
I can also see the satanic aesthetic at work in body designs. The lines and angles look to have been cribbed from some infernal geometry. For one of the more ridiculous examples, I refer you to the Chevy Spark, (left.) That car would not look out of place as a gargoyle on a Geiger-inspired satanic cathedral.
As far as I am concerned, such design choices cannot be passed off as functional, much less arbitrary.
Automotive design is pretty much an applied social science, its calculations rooted in marketing psychology. Plenty of time, money, and premeditation goes into the design of a car’s exterior. Check out the PT Cruiser for a classic example of calculated psychological impact.
I looked for articles or essays on demon cars, but to no avail. Google didn’t even churn up any forum on the subject. Then I happened upon a piece by Dennis Hong at the humor site Cracked.com.
In the last section of his article 5 Creepy Forms of Mind Control You’re Exposed to Daily, Hong makes the same basic observation I’ve just laid out: the front ends of modern cars look like faces, and not the sort you’d want to spy through your front-door peephole after a knock in the dead of night.
Hong offers two inconsistent explanations. First, he invokes pareidolia, that trick of synaptic light that enables us “to see human faces in everything; tortillas, clouds, cat butts, the moon, other faces, everything”.
The problem is, we’re talking about a trend that is now ubiquitous in car design – a far cry beyond Grandma discovering the face of Jesus in a piece of French toast.
Hong’s other explanation is that designers are appealing to consumer demand for such designs, because we wish to express our aggression on the road: “When we drive,” he writes, “we’re not out there to make friends … Nope, what we want to convey is toughness, speed, aggression. So we want our cars to have the face of a monster.”
Hong is putting the cart before the horse. Apparently he doesn’t understand the nature of the culture industry, where tastes are given to the public and trends pushed on it from the top down, so as to effect social and moral degradation.
Many are brainwashed into thinking that all the sex and violence on TV exists because it was demanded by the people. In reality, TV gradually programmed the public into accepting such degradations as normal.
On that note, I don’t know any grown person here in Korea who would custom-design a demon car if given templates and drawing board. I’ve asked friends and neighbors if they find anything odd about the cars these days.
Many have said that the designs are ugly, but what choice do they have? The only manufacturer that still makes a sane headlight, a simple round one, is Jeep.
We are in the Apocalypse, and car design is but a natural expression of the satanic zeitgeist.
As you may already know, “apocalypse” means literally “revealing of things hidden”.
The power elite live in a parallel…………….