I'm trying to decide to what degree this takes the whole enterprise from "cool" to "sad."
I guess it depends on what's going on in everyone's minds. Like, are they being manipulated into actually thinking the new NIN album is part of some significant grassroots resistance movement? And if so, is it possible (in true "open source" fashion) that the believers could actually run with it and turn it into some kind of clever campaign of genuine dissent (that is, without NIN showing up to play for free at their "secret meetings"
). Or once the album comes out and the buzz dies down, is this all going to just be some weird folklore moment that we'll be watching a VH1 special about in 2 years?
Or is everyone in on the joke, and just along for the ride -- like a souped up version of lasertag, or something...