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my friend pokey — subterranean modern
"At a point where gamer cults are watching youtube explainers of Carl Jung while drinking brain-enhancing nutrient paste i think we have officially lost the right to make fun of W.B. Yeats for hanging out with Rosicrucians and injecting ape glands into his scrotum to restore male vigour. It was good while it lasted."
games  videogames  writing  history  fascism  politics  culture  modernism  postmodernism 
5 days ago
The magical thinking of guys who love logic | The Outline
We live in a world of cults and reactionary counter-cults.

"A similar line of thinking can be seen in the New Atheist movement, which grew out of a reaction to the dominance of the Christian right during the George W. Bush era, as well as post-9/11 fears of Islamic fundamentalism. "

"Say the magic words enough times, and the spell will be cast over your audience."
cults  culture  logic  rationality  words  philosophy  meaning 
24 days ago
Timber the Treasure Dog (2016) - IMDb
"Taglines: If adventure has a name and it's a dog it's Timber the Treasure Dog!"
dog  film  talkingdog  badwriting  taglines  advertising 
4 weeks ago
prokopetz: Bethesda games are fun and all, but...
"Combine this with the fact that it was often impossible to re-visit earlier areas once they’d been completed, and you’ve got a game where it’s entirely possible to get a couple of hours in, only to realise that you’ve irretrievably softlocked yourself because, at some point, you unwittingly discarded your penis."
games  lewd  videogames  adventuregames 
6 weeks ago
Pit Closures
"more pits closed under Labour than the Tories" - there are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics.
industry  mining  labour  conservatives  uk  statistics  politics  lies 
6 weeks ago
Her Left Hand, The Darkness | Alison Smith | Granta Magazine
She taught me a few things that I’ve never forgotten:

1. Not everyone who thinks they’re better than you actually is.
2. Speaking your mind is better than hiding your mind.
3. Trying to be an author is a very bad idea.
fantasy  literature  writing  ursulakleguin 
8 weeks ago
Bullshit jobs and the yoke of managerial feudalism - Open Future
"I’d say: let’s just give everyone enough to live on, some sort of universal basic income, and say “okay, you’re all free now to decide for yourselves what you have to contribute to the world.”

"Then, sure, we could say that people would be responsible for what they came up with. And sure, a lot of it would be nonsense. But it’s hard to imagine a full 40-50% would be doing nonsense, and that’s the situation that we have today. And if we get even one or two new Miles Davises or Einsteins or Freuds or Shakespeares out of the deal, I’d say we’d have more than made back our investment. "
work  economics  culture  career  bullshitjobs  davidgraeber  millennials  anthropology  capitalism 
10 weeks ago
TSA to deploy more floppy-ear dogs because they're less scary than pointy-ear dogs - Los Angeles Times
"Because of the federal shutdown, TSA representatives could not be reached to comment on how the agency will transition to more floppy-ear dogs."
dogs  tsa  security  publicrelations  animals  news 
11 weeks ago
How Much of the Internet Is Fake?
Trust is about to become more important. You can't really automate, fake or mass broadcast it.
bots  internet  trust  truth  news  online  advertising  clickfraud  identity  politics  culture 
11 weeks ago
Full speech: Sir Ivan Rogers on Brexit - News - University of Liverpool
"The time to lose ourselves in stories has ended. Our politicians can no longer get away with strutting and fretting or with sound and fury. It’s time to wake up from the dream and face the facts."
brexit  politics  eu  uk  europe  europeanunion 
december 2018
Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer - The New York Times
"Being gay, Mr. Harari said, has helped his work — it set him apart to study culture more clearly because it made him question the dominant stories of his own conservative Jewish society. “If society got this thing wrong, who guarantees it didn’t get everything else wrong as well?” he said."
twitter  tech  future  futurism  siliconvalley  government  politics  society  culture 
november 2018
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - The Huffington Post
'What does work, Corrigan says, is for fat people to make it clear to everyone they interact with that their size is nothing to apologize for. “When you pity someone, you think they’re less effective, less competent, more hurt,” he says. “You don’t see them as capable. The only way to get rid of stigma is from power.”' - relevant to pity games.
article  health  obesity  fatness  diet  pity  society  culture 
september 2018
News Releases : February 9, 2015 : Hitachi Global
No word on the ability to target individuals… but I'm sure it's in there. Also, how long until someone figures out the patterns and how to exploit them?
business  motivation  monitoring  surveillance  happyhappyjoyjoy 
september 2018
‘Design/ Play/ Disrupt’ at the V&A: What Happens When We Break Video Games’s ‘Black Box’? | Frieze
"a carefully negotiated window into a process even which, a decade ago, would have been unthinkable. The ‘magic’ of games has long won over their entry into cultural discourse, and the stranglehold of publishers on the ownership of game artwork, or ‘art assets’ is one even this exhibition cannot escape. For example, that prototype sits alongside pencil sketches of clothes from the same fashion-centric game which are credited only to ‘Nintendo’. "
games  videogames  v&a  mariefoulston  industry  business  gamesindustry  credit  credits  artists  exhibitions  labelling 
september 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
june 2018
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 
may 2018
Occupiers Liability
Another good summary of landowner liability
UK  britain  england  wales  scotland  landowners  land  rights  law  legislation  access  liability 
may 2018
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
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