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Despair Fatigue | David Graeber
"For the Blairites, the United Kingdom’s future lay in what they called the “creative industries.” Had not the United Kingdom, regularly since the sixties, produced waves of popular music and youth culture that had swept the world, bringing in billions in direct and indirect revenue? It must have seemed a plausible gambit in the nineties, but it failed because the Blairites were operating with a completely false understanding of where cultural creativity comes from.

They naively assumed creativity was basically a middle-class phenomenon, the product of people like themselves. In fact, almost everything worthwhile that has come out of British culture for the last century, from music hall, to street kebabs, to standup comedy, rock ‘n’ roll, and the rave scene, has been primarily a working-class phenomenon."
activism  corbyn  politics  uk  davidgraeber  austerity 
11 days ago
The New Age of New Age - C H R I S ░ M A G G I O
Amazing photography of new age guff being sold to people in Sedona.
newage  spirituality  marketing  business  guff  sedona  tourism 
6 weeks ago
Bach at the Burger King - Los Angeles Review of Books
"in the remix media ecosystem, famous compositions degenerate from serious music into decorative sound, applied like wallpaper to lay a poignant surface over banal intentions."
advertising  culture  gentrification  music  crowdcontrol  status  class  classwar 
12 weeks ago
Occupiers Liability
Another good summary of landowner liability
UK  britain  england  wales  scotland  landowners  land  rights  law  legislation  access  liability 
12 weeks ago
Knights of the Crystallion | The Obscuritory
"Knights of the Crystallion is almost like a thought experiment. What does an anthropology game look like? It may not be pleasant or approachable. If Williams had more time and resources, as he lamented, maybe it could have been. But it needs to be experienced just for the audacity of what it attempted."
anthropology  game  gamedev  games 
april 2018
Ready Player One is the roadmap to digital dystopia - The Verge
“But most of all beware of each other, because everything is about to change. The world is going to crack wide open. The barriers between us will disappear, and we’re not ready. We’ll hurt each other in new ways. We’ll sell and be sold. We’ll expose our most tender selves only to be mocked and destroyed. We’ll be so vulnerable and we’ll pay the price.”
culture  internet  racism  media  1980's  readyplayerone  privilege 
april 2018
Creator Of “Ren & Stimpy” Accused Of Preying On Underage Girls Who Wanted Animation Careers
'Rice, too, is unequivocal about Kricfalusi: “I became a better artist by working for him,” she said. “I’m not grateful for it. I wish I hadn’t. I wish I were a worse artist now and I didn’t have all this bullshit to deal with.”'
art  sexualharassment  metoo  animation  misogyny  renandstimpy  johnkricfalusi 
april 2018
Philip Glass: Composer and Taxi Driver :
'Philip Glass supported himself by working as a plumber, furniture mover and taxi driver. “I was careful,” the composer explained, “to take a job that couldn’t have any possible meaning for me.” Even after Glass achieved fame and notoriety with his opera Einstein on the Beach in 1976, he still continued to ply his blue-collar trades. Called upon to install a dishwasher, “I suddenly heard a noise and looked up to find Robert Hughes, the art critic of Time magazine, staring at me in disbelief. ‘But you’re Philip Glass! What are you doing here?’ It was obvious that I was installing his dishwasher and I told him I would soon be finished. ‘But you are an artist,’ he protested. I explained that I was an artist but that I was sometimes a plumber as well and that he should go away and let me finish.”'
phillipglass  economics  capitalism  art  music  history  plumbing 
march 2018
Torque Wrench Myths - Hot Rod Network
Great dissolution/confirmation of some commonly touted things about torque wrenches
Torque  wrenches  torquewrenches  mechanics  engines  bikes  motorbikes  mountainbikes  mtb  tools  maintenance  fasteners 
february 2018
Bearing removal from shaft - Page 2
A deep well of ideas on un-half-assing a thing I half-assed.
engineering  akia  bearings  problemsolving  shafts  metalwork  mtbsuspension 
february 2018
The Doom Mod That Best Describes Our Uncanny Reality - Waypoint
"Our hot-selling franchises of today can never be so forward-thinking or challenging in their content as to seriously challenge and potentially alienate their consumer base either. Why would they? Their goal is to sell copies and make money. The problem is the absolute ubiquity of these same stories being told, over and over, in different variations all across the worlds of video games has helped build a culture that worships a superficial comfort above all: one that has carte blanche to rewrite history towards these narratives and erase anything that ever tries to seriously challenge them. There are serious transgressions that the culture space created by these games never allows us to make."
games  videogames  doom  culture  politics  capitalism 
january 2018
We Need More Games with Ursula Le Guin's Idea of Flexible Resistance - Waypoint
"To inherit Le Guin’s principles is to evade the fantasy of power. We need more games that grapple on the ground, that present that conditions of our lives, whether those lives are abstracted into the fantastical or grounded in real-world specificity.

We need works that can settle into sadness about the way things are and yet know, like Semley, that things don’t have to be this way. To follow in Le Guin’s footsteps is to hunt for the things that we don’t have but should have. There is no true world, nothing “natural,” and games can point over the horizon in the same way that Le Guin’s fictions did. She did not leave us an ethic, but she did leave us principles and ways of being concerned about the world. And those principles demand that we pick a path that carries us our of our monstrous present and into a better future."
twitter  ursulakleguin  sciencefiction  politics  ethics  principles  praxis  games  videogames 
january 2018
Fan Nonfiction – The New Inquiry
"Stripping images like this of context and history is part of the magic of video games. Games train us to ignore the world, to give everything we have to an industry whose primary purpose seems to be holding both its audience and performers captive. "
games  videogames  gamesindustry  people  culture  work 
january 2018
Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs | News | The Guardian
"The return of the drum solo may not be everyone’s idea of progress."
work  capitalism  labour  jobs  employment  culture 
january 2018
Artificial life sim Creatures lives on | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
jfc "But Petz and Creatures had a completely different scale of complexity – only Creatures confronts modders with the guilt of causing stillbirth."
creatures  games  ai  videogames  artificiallife  complexsystems  systems  genetics  software 
january 2018
Jackson Lears · What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking: #Russiagate · LRB 4 January 2018
"The chatter surrounding the hack would never have acquired such urgency were it not for the accompanying assumption: Russia is a uniquely dangerous adversary, with which we should avoid all contact. Without that belief, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s meetings with Russians in September 2016 would become routine discussions between a senator and foreign officials. Flynn’s post-election conversations with the Russian ambassador would appear unremarkable. Trump’s cronies’ attempts to do business in Russia would become merely sleazy. Donald Trump Jr’s meeting at Trump Tower with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya would be transformed from a melodrama of shady intrigue to a comedy of errors – with the candidate’s son expecting to receive information to use against Clinton but discovering Veselnitskaya only wanted to talk about repealing sanctions and restarting the flow of Russian orphans to the United States. And Putin himself would become just another autocrat, with whom democracies could engage without endorsing."
russia  america  politics  trump  hacking  hype  rumour  democrats  republicans 
january 2018
DR1 - 🔥Hot Lap: Isle of Man: MinChan Kim🔥
Well thought out, visually interesting drone race course and gates
drones  droneracing  quadcopters  racing  coursedesign  design 
january 2018
Not Art&Tech
"To take time to formulate questions that can not be answered by monopolies or by observing the monopolies."
art  technology  criticism  tech  apple  google  amazon  facebook  alphabet  microsoft  academia  media 
january 2018
Politically meaningful games under neoliberalism
"I want socialist, feminist, anti-racist, anti-fascist art to exist anywhere art is being produced, even if it’s with computers, and especially if its core demographic is young people and kids."
games  gamedev  videogames  politics  culture  lanapolansky  writing  society  capitalism  liberalism  neoliberalism  fascism  altright 
december 2017
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