The Overstate is a political construct.
Asher views The Overstate as a cognitive condition and social framework that is the product of the essentially fascist aspirations and activities of political people.
During the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, regular news releases came out of The Overstate News Service (a blog Asher operated), which often consisted of underground (hacked) news commentaries. Think of it like a prototype to Wikileaks (which was spawned 3 years later and used *actual* documents).
Releasing these Orwellion/Onion-like missives were Asher’s way of revising euphemisms for torture, control, and annihilation that concealed the conversion of human beings into items, commodities, philosophical components, and other objects.
While the Overstate is still very much a reality, affecting billions of people globally, Asher eventually pushed the news function toward a wider variety of topics as part of the activities of The Playful Anarchist.