Two words come to mind when describing Web rabble-rouser and gonzo journalist Richard Metzger: "paranoid" and "visionary." As one of the founders of the Disinformation Company, a New York-based media group and Web site that specializes in all things counterculture (disinfo.com), Metzger has covered everything from media conglomerates to folks who claim they're part of CIA-sponsored time-travel experiments. In fact, there are plenty of X-Filesdevotees with similar concerns, and Metzger's banking on them to snap up his latest book, Disinformation: The Interviews, a collection of transcripts taken from the company's ill-fated, eponymous TV series, which aired (and died) in Britain and is now available on DVD.
Since it launched on Sept. 13, 1996, Disinfo.com has evolved from a Web portal to its current incarnation as a clearinghouse for edited daily news and specialized information links. The site lives up to the name: It's covered alien abductions, mind control, Satanism, sex "magick," religious cults, even an Aryan Nation dating service. Ironically, Metzger has spawned a cottage industry of related events and products, including Disinfo.con, an academic conference dubbed the "Cyberpalooza"; an Internet talk show; and two previous anthologies, You Are Being Lied To and Everything You Know Is Wrong.
Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m.
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Last year, the Sci Fi Channel signed on to air the television series, but backed out at the last minute. Disinformation: The Interviews shows what we might have seen, including profiles of radical thinkers like conspiracy theorist Robert Anton Wilson and Grant Morrison, creator of The Invisiblescomic books. With glossy reproductions of art by Joe Coleman and Paul Laffoley, it's a coffee-table book that even William Burroughs might have applauded.