Author's Statement.

Welcome. The author of this site is Dino Enrico Cardone. The following is a statement of philosophy and intent with regard to the Netschaton site and its contents which dates from 2001. I am in the process of rethinking and rewriting this statement to reflect my thought as of 2008 on things apocalyptic and on things mediated -- whether old or new -- in the digital information age.

The Netschaton web site treats the subject of Apocalyptic Discourse from a variety of traditions, particularly the Judeo-Christian. I want to state clearly that mothing on the Netschaton site is intended to be offensive. As an author, I try to avoid scapegoating discourse.  Apocalyptic Discourse however, is replete with ancient controversies and conspiracies expressed  many times in apocalyptic discourse through scapegoating rhetorical stratagems. Particular apocalyptic reasonings are often offensive between apocalyptic groups and in general many  persons of a rationalist and/or progressive orientation may find apocalyptic communication offensive, even dangerous.

My interest in the subject began when I was 14 years old and read The Late Great Planet Earth by evangelical apocalypticist Hal Lindsay. There was also a movie made by this name based on the book. Lindsay had me convinced back then that I would not make it out of high school before Jesus came in the Rapture.  But that was back in the late 70's and early 80's!

Now we are in the year 2001, already in a new millennium. Are these really Apocalyptic or pre-Apocalyptic times as some pop culture and apocalyptic rhetors suggest?

It is certainly true that Apocalyptic rhetors have found in the Internet a universal publishing and broadcasting medium. Is there any future for this type of discourse? Does it pose a danger or will it naturally wane as the Third Millennium grows older?

Occasionally, apocalyptic reasonings may leave the dimensions of myth, imagination, and language and become material realities. WACO, Heaven's Gate, the World Trade Center attack and some racialist movements are examples of these "trans-dimensional" migrations of apocalyptic reckonings. In these contexts, it is often the reactions of governments and others to apocalyptic sects which have the unintended effect of both validating the sect's belief set and furthering apocalyptic movement.

One of the key issues both in international politics and in terms of  how apocalyptic discourse is practiced and its content determined on the Net is the Temple Mount as equally element of discourse, religious symbol, and disputed sacred property in the "Holy Land."


Copyrightę 1995 and following by Dino Enrico Cardone