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No, It’s Not Cyberpunk - Blood Knife
No, It’s Not Cyberpunk - Blood Knife
The future that we both imagined and feared never arrived, replaced with one no less terrifying but far more obscure. Welcome to the Corporate Gothic.
And so given our poor track record of predicting the future, we shouldn’t be surprised that 2020 finds us … not slaving away at a zaibatsu that hires cyborg assassins to take out renegade biochemists, or kicking off the Straylight Run under the brutal neon of a Berlin nightclub, but stacking Funko Pops in cardboard boxes for Amazon or laughing at animal pictures on our phones while using the toilet, falling for phony IRS scams and yelling at malfunctioning spreadsheets.
I increasingly suspect we live in a world not of cyberpunk but of corporate gothic. Our mad kings are cultist CEOs bearing personality tests and efficiency programs. Our alchemists and mad scientists are incompetent startup weirdos and brain pill merchants. Our castles are not the crumbling stone of Transylvania but the cracked concrete and filthy streets of the financial district.
·bloodknife.com·
No, It’s Not Cyberpunk - Blood Knife
Beyond Face | The Public Amateur
Beyond Face | The Public Amateur
Note: This essay was first published in Talking with your Mouth Full: New Language for Socially Engaged Art, published collaboratively by Green Lantern Press and Three Walls, Chicago. It’s so…
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Beyond Face | The Public Amateur
Conservatism and Who the Law Protects
Conservatism and Who the Law Protects
I've seen this quote, or ones very much like it, a few times in recent years: Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-grou
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Conservatism and Who the Law Protects
Nowhere Here: Cyberspace & the Assassination of the Unreal
Nowhere Here: Cyberspace & the Assassination of the Unreal
Cyberspace is dead. What's left is pure capitalism.
The modern internet has been transformed from a collection of clearly delineated, hand-crafted digital spaces into a labyrinth of vast, impossible to navigate rooms. We now inhabit places like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, inescapable panopticons with no visible horizon, no apparent walls, and few if any clear borders, but which nevertheless restrict not just our movement through them, but our very perception and reality.
Connected to a central SDS 940 mainframe system by a basic modem, each Community Memory terminal printed out an infinite scroll of short messages on reams of tractor paper.
Early twitter :)
Throughout the Nineties, the internet pivoted from a place for weirdos and the technical elite to a huge marketplace oriented around extracting capital.
·bloodknife.com·
Nowhere Here: Cyberspace & the Assassination of the Unreal
TRICIA HERSEY on Rest as Resistance [ENCORE] /267 — FOR THE WILD
TRICIA HERSEY on Rest as Resistance [ENCORE] /267 — FOR THE WILD
We are rebroadcast our interview with Tricia Hersey of the Nap Ministry, originally aired in June of 2020. With a historical analysis of slavery and plantation labor, this week’s episode prompts us, at this critical time, to consider what is stolen from those among us who cannot rest under white sup
·forthewild.world·
TRICIA HERSEY on Rest as Resistance [ENCORE] /267 — FOR THE WILD
Why You Should Take the 'Long View' of Parenting
Why You Should Take the 'Long View' of Parenting
It seems to take my 10-year-old much longer than it should to get out the door to go anywhere. It is the single most frustrating part of any day. My son is chatty, which I love, but he often decides to have these great, in-depth conversations about his favorite video game at the same time I’m trying to remind him that…
·lifehacker.com·
Why You Should Take the 'Long View' of Parenting