Modern Mythology is seeking to crowdsource funding through IndieGoGo in order to keep publishing thought-provoking pieces on pop culture philosophy and social commentary, and to keep expanding our audience. These funds will not only help us keep running, but also allow us to establish a podcast and classroom style series that could be of great use to anyone struggling in a chaotic world.
There are tons of old, dead philosophers with books enshrined in the academic sphere. Modern Mythology takes a hammer and chisel to the "ivory tower" idea of academic research--the pantheon of philosophers of the past--and carves the voices of the new generation, sublime and ridiculous, into the side of that shrine, part graffiti, part sculpture, part literature, part philosophy, but in all cases necessary in order to truly explore the worlds we live in.
Help us keep this literary and mental machine going by contributing and get some perks as a thank you!
Many of us at Modern Mythology have been at this a long time. ModernMythology.net started out as my personal blog in 2005. In 2006, P. Emerson Williams, Michael Szul, Tovarich Pizor and I joined forces to create Mythos Media, a platform for the production of modern myths that might slip through the cracks or be dismissed by mass-media publishers and outlets. This was my third full-out attempt at helping to germinate an indie media collective. (Previous ones have led to shared A/V production facilities that are no longer in existence, this one was more focused on virtual platforms due to the lower overhead.)
Many years of hard work followed, where we produced and released books, comics, illustrated books, audio books with dedicated original soundtracks, albums, and collaborated a great deal with many other creative groups and production companies. Pictured above were our releases prior to 2009.
Since then we made the concerted decision to maintain Mythos Media as a brand representing quality, off the path content. Anyone involved can forge their relationships with whatever publishing or distribution approach best suits their project, as Mythos Media is no longer a publisher itself. You will likely continue to see products popping up here and there, eBooks and paperbacks, DVDs and albums, that have our logo on it. You can take that as you will, but:
In February 2011, Modern Mythology.net was opened up as a group endeavor, a site dedicated to maintaining a platform for the discussion of mythology and the independently produced media that follows from this discussion. Anyone involved can forge their relationships with whatever publishing or distribution approach best suits their project. If you join, we don't own your shit: you own your shit. Make it good.
Since February, the site very quickly grew to a steady 20,000 - 30,000 visitors a month, all coming to investigate original content on mythology crossing and incorporating many supposedly disparate disciplines: art, writing, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, systems theory, psychology, film. While this many visitors doesnt represent a huge marketing success, as many world-class blogs such as Huffington Post easily see more than that many visitors in a day. However, when you consider the subject matter and our approach, it seems to indicate an interest in what is a rather enigmatic subject.
This project began a creative collective, and it remains one, for all of those who are interested in joining and driven enough to play on the level. --James Curcio
Framing myth in this light makes the discussion of the subject anything but coffeeshop talk. Modern myth is on the lips, minds, and knife-points of those in the midst of active revolution, as well as those working in media. In fact, all that is represented, all that we could form an opinion on as we form an opinion on it, is in that process entering the realm of myth.
Our over-arching goal is to show people how important myths and narratives are in their lives, and to help give them a tool-kit to better navigate this literary understanding of consciousness. See http://www.modernmythology.net/p/what-is-modern-myth.html to get a better sense of the scope of this project.
What We Need & What You Get
The funds we are raising are for :
1. Setup and other fees for the publication of the "Apocalyptic Imaginary: Best of Modern Mythology 2011" anthology, which covers a wide range of important topics from the arts, culture, literature, all with our eclectic and often irreverent edge.
2. Extended production for the launch of a Modern Mythology podcast. Funds will allow for us to provide on-site coverage and extend production, as well as development of this program as part of our ongoing classroom outreach that has already started at SUNY Binghamton.
3. The funds will also be used to spread awareness of all elements of this project-- brochures, flyers, and presence at relevant conventions and conferences in 2012.
4. Tech- hosting, domains, etc.
Every little bit helps and those who contribute will receive special perks & publications!
Other Ways You Can Help
Share this link, or pass your friends along to http://www.ModernMythology.net to see the extensive amount of work we've already done in 2011 and 2010.