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Deepfake propaganda is not a real problem - The Verge
If you’ve been following tech news in the past year, you’ve probably heard about deepfakes, the widely available, machine-learning-powered system for swapping faces and doctoring videos.
deepfakes  fake  news  images  neural  networks  poor  propaganda  video  stream 
11 days ago
Desire paths: the illicit trails that defy the urban planners | Cities | The Guardian
We’ve all been there. You want a short cut – to the bus stop, office or corner shop – but there’s no designated path. Others before you have already flattened the grass, or cut a line through a hedge. Why not, you think.
city  design  desire  paths  stream 
11 days ago
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If you decide to teach either one of these books next academic yr, I’d be more than happy to Skype into the discussion.
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13 days ago
Wikipedia's Greatest Sex Illustrator Is an Anonymous Legend: Seedfeeder
Take a look at the Wikipedia page for fisting. I'll wait. OK. Now check out pegging. When you're done there, have a gander at gokkun; after that, deep throating; and then maybe mammary intercourse, frot, tribadism, and tea bag (sexual act).
art  illustration  relationships  sex  wik  wiki  wikipedia 
20 days ago
List of lists of lists - Wikipedia
This is a list of articles that are lists of list articles on the English Wikipedia. In other words, each of the articles linked here is an index to multiple lists on a topic. Some of the linked articles are themselves lists of lists of lists. This article is also a list of lists.
lists  wik  wiki  wikipedia 
20 days ago
Church of the SubGenius - Wikipedia
The Church of the SubGenius is a "parody religion"[citation needed] organization that satirizes religion, conspiracy theories, unidentified flying objects, and popular culture.
church  manifesto  parody  reference  wik  wiki  wikipedia 
20 days ago
Ontogeny - Wikipedia
Ontogeny (also ontogenesis or morphogenesis) is the origination and development of an organism, usually from the time of fertilization of the egg to the organism's mature form—although the term can be used to refer to the study of the entirety of an organism's lifespan.
anatomy  biology  cells  change  concept  continuity  definition  development  evolution  growth  identity  ifttt  information  life  materiality  matter  mutation  ontogeny  organic  organism  pinboar 
20 days ago
Spandrel (biology) - Wikipedia
In evolutionary biology, a spandrel is a phenotypic characteristic that is a byproduct of the evolution of some other characteristic, rather than a direct product of adaptive selection.
definition  design  evolution  exaptation  reference  spandrels  stephen  j  gould  taxonomy  terminlogy  wik  wiki  wikipedia 
20 days ago
Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot - Wikipedia
The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) was a project by Robotic Technology Inc. (RTI) and Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. to develop a robotic vehicle that could forage for plant biomass to fuel itself, theoretically operating indefinitely.
darpa  robots  sci-fi  weird  wik  wiki  wikipedia 
20 days ago
Cloud Loss Could Add 8 Degrees to Global Warming | Quanta Magazine
On a 1987 voyage to the Antarctic, the paleoceanographer James Kennett and his crew dropped anchor in the Weddell Sea, drilled into the seabed, and extracted a vertical cylinder of sediment.
additivism  catastrophe  climate  change  clouds  environment  global  warming  heat  sky  tipping  point  weather  stream 
21 days ago
Crapularity Aesthetics | Making & Breaking
In 2011, a loose group of “grumpy futurists” wrote up an extensive list of “Alternatives to the Singularity” in a collaborative Google Document. “The Singularity”, in popular culture and para-religious belief, refers to the point where machine intelligence leaves humans behind.
additivism  additivist  crap  crapularity  detritus  kipple  manifesto  reading  stuff  stream 
6 weeks ago
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The framing of the term “fake news” orients you toward thinking whether a claim is true or false. By this logic, it assumes that people share things online because they’re 100% concerned about accuracy—but people share because of deeper political allegiances and viewpoints.
alt-right  memes  politics  propaganda  viral  virality  stream 
6 weeks ago
No One Is Prepared for Hagfish Slime - The Atlantic
At first glance, the hagfish—a sinuous, tubular animal with pink-grey skin and a paddle-shaped tail—looks very much like an eel. Naturalists can tell the two apart because hagfish, unlike other fish, lack backbones (and, also, jaws). For everyone else, there’s an even easier method.
additivism  fish  hagfish  nature  slime  weird  stream 
6 weeks ago
Viewpoint: Why we still underestimate the Neanderthals - BBC News
Prof Clive Finlayson, director of the Gibraltar Museum, explains why some old assumptions about the intellectual capabilities of our evolutionary relatives, the Neanderthals persist today. But a body of evidence is increasingly forcing us to re-visit these old ideas.
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6 weeks ago
Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why? - The New York Times
It has eight arms, three hearts — and a plan. Scientists aren’t sure how the cephalopods got to be so intelligent. To demonstrate how smart an octopus can be, Piero Amodio points to a YouTube video. It shows an octopus pulling two halves of a coconut shell together to hide inside.
additivism  cephalopod  evolution  intelligence  life  mind  nature  octopus  stream 
6 weeks ago
Biohackers Encoded Malware in a Strand of DNA | WIRED
When biologists synthesize DNA, they take pains not to create or spread a dangerous stretch of genetic code that could be used to create a toxin or, worse, an infectious disease.
additivism  dna  genetics  hacking  malware  parasitism  science  virus  viruses  stream 
6 weeks ago
Objects of Despair: Fake Meat
Science lifted us out of nature. It tamed the wilderness; it gave us tools to transcend our lousy, fallen bodies; and it shot us to the moon. Now it has produced a hamburger made entirely of vegetables that bleeds like real beef.
additivism  diet  fake  meat  food  invitro  lab  grown  myth  stream 
6 weeks ago
Washington Monthly | The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution
Tens of thousands of Londoners died of cholera from the 1830s to the 1860s. The causes were simple: mass quantities of human waste and industrial contaminants were pouring into the Thames, the central waterway of a city at the center of a rapidly industrializing world.
additivism  anthropocene  crap  detritus  digital  geology  kipple  media  archaeology  pollution  stream 
6 weeks ago
www.washingtonpost.com
What does it mean to be alive right now? Right now. Right this second, right this epoch, as mankind alters the Earth beyond recognition.
additivism  anthropocene  apocalypse  catastrophe  climate  change  earth  environment  extinction  stream 
6 weeks ago
How the JPEG Changed Everything | Frieze
‘Every two minutes, people upload more images to the internet than existed in total just 150 years ago’
compression  digital  images  internet  jpeg  jpegs  photos  stream 
6 weeks ago
America colonisation ‘cooled Earth's climate’ - BBC News
Colonisation of the Americas at the end of the 15th Century killed so many people, it disturbed Earth's climate. That's the conclusion of scientists from University College London, UK.
additivism  anthropocene  colonialism  death  environment  history  imperialism  stream 
6 weeks ago
Digital Bibliography
AN EVALUATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY: DIGITAL CULTURE, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, THE INTERNET, THE WEB By David Abrahamson Northwestern University Prefatory Note: What follows is a discursive compilation of more that four-hundred-and-fifty items, most of fairly recent authorship, united by a common -- though ve
bibliography  digital  media  reading  list  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
Decolonizing technology: A reading list | Beatrice Martini – blog
Western culture has long been defining how the world came to existence, its history, and how it works from a perspective which is centred on a Western and white point of view.
additivism  colonialism  decolonialisation  decolonisation  history  imperialism  list  racism  syllabi  syllabus  technology 
7 weeks ago
Afro-pessimism Reading List | Benjamin Noys - Academia.edu
docx Afro-pessimism Reading List 6 Pages Afro-pessimism Reading List connect to download or reset password Academia © 2017
afro-pessimism  afropessimism  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
The Anthropocene: A Reading List — Jason M. Kelly
In preparation for teaching a course entitled, “History, the Environment, and the Global Anthropocene,” I thought that it might be a good idea to compile an interdisciplinary reading list on the Anthropocene. The list that I decided to create is not a comprehensive.
academia  additivism  anthropocene  environment  list  reading  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
Collapse: A reading list – Jussi Pasanen
This post is a list of essays and articles covering climate and ecological breakdown from various perspectives, including how these overlapping crises may induce collapse of industrial civilisation as we know it. This is companion piece to my essay on collapse – please read that first.
adaptation  collapse  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
Data Archive Infrastructure 2018 – Shannon Mattern | The New School
Our semester will be divided into four units: Epistemological Architectures (Weeks 3-5), Epistemological Apparatae (Weeks 6-8), Human Subjects + Publics (Weeks 10-11), and Collections + Content (Weeks 12-14)
data  resource  syllab  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
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loading | deck + videos + 305.893.8858 + us@brangerbriz.
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7 weeks ago
How to Write A Question For Discussion
The purpose of discussion questions is to generate discussion. This makes them significantly different from information-seeking questions.
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7 weeks ago
SYLLABUS | INTERNET ART: networks, performative programming, and web as context
This course examines the history, theory, and practice of making art on the web. Beginning with early examples of systems theory, we will trace the utopian ideals of the web’s origin to the commercial and social complexity of the net today.
art  net  resource  syllab  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
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Finally sharing the syllabus for this year's iteration of my anthro seminar, "How to Pay Attention": https://nick-seaver.squarespace.com/s/HTPA-syllabus-22.
attention  reading  list  resource  syllab  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
Teaching the Intersection Between Classics, Anthropology, and Colonialism – Everyday Orientalism
It is no scoop for anyone that many academic disciplines were born in Europe during the Age of Empires. It is certainly the case of Classics and other Antiquity-related specialities. It is, also, the case of Anthropology.
additivism  anthropology  colonialism  education  resource  syllab  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
Cyborgs and Cybernetics Syllabus – Danya Glabau
In the fall 2018 semester, I am teaching a semester-long class on Cyborgs and Cybernetics at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Due to popular demand, I’m sharing the reading list. The course is taught as a 3000-level, writing intensive seminar. It meets twice a week for about 2 hours per session.
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7 weeks ago
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A Theory-Fiction Reading List:
resource  syllab  syllabi  syllabus  theory  fiction 
7 weeks ago
AI & Culture: Buildings, Cities (and Infrastructures, and Beyond…)
We’ve long heard a lot about smart: smart homes, smart cities, smart grids, and more. It’s blowing up even more, with a lot of talk about AI these days. It’s all over pop culture, whether in tv, film, books, sci-fi, music, games, and internet memes.
ai  buildings  infrastructure  iot  resource  smart  cities  syllab  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
Part I HSPS Decolonial Reading List (2018-2019)
The Human, Social, Political Sciences (HSPS) Cambridge undergraduate degree purports to offer students a broad and interdisciplinary understanding of the issues that matter in our world.
decolonialism  decolonization  resource  syllab  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
Design+Media Theory | Public Seminar
Our focus will be on key thinkers across the fields of media, design and technology. The course starts our everyday experience of designed and  mediated environments, whether as creators or regular users (1-3).
design  media  resource  syllab  syllabi  syllabus  teaching 
7 weeks ago
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Welcome! This is a crowd-sourced assemblage of materials relating to Confederate and other racist monuments to white supremacy; the history and theory of these monuments and monuments in general; and monument struggles worldwide.
action  activism  additivism  art  colonialism  decolonisation  monuments  politics  racism  radical  reading  resource  statues  syllab  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
Undoing Patriarchy - A Syllabus
Prepared February 2018.  This is in no way exhaustive but meant to be one of many resources, for men in particular, towards the larger movement of undoing patriarchy, ending sexual- and gender-based violence, and decreasing all violence.
additivism  education  feminism  patriarchy  resource  syllab  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
Science, Technology, and Society Syllabus – Danya Glabau
Course Description What makes something a scientific fact? What is the social impact of new technologies? Who in society benefits and who is harmed by the rapid development of modern science and technology? These are just some of the questions tackled by researchers in the field of Science and Techn
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7 weeks ago
Internet of Evil Draft Syllabus - Google Docs
HDCC 106: Internet of Evil Dr. Daniel Greene College of Information Studies Hornbake South, Room 4105D dgreene1@umd.edu Schedule office hours via https://calbird.com/daniel-greene/students Trevor Paglen’s Vampire (Corpus: Monsters of Capitalism), “Adversarially Evolved Halluc...
internet  module  resource  syllab  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
Space, Place, and Identity in the Digital Age » Syllabus
Our bodies and identities are intimately bound to the spaces we move through. It is impossible to conceive of a meaningful space without considering it alongside embodiment and the practices that tie our identities to our bodies.
2018  resource  syllab  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
Before You Make a Thing | ts200v2
This is a guide for Technology and Society 200 (Fall 2018; 60 undergraduate students) at the University of Victoria. It consists of three point-form lists.
2018  resource  syllab  syllabi  syllabus 
7 weeks ago
The Beautiful Mind-Bending of Stanislaw Lem | The New Yorker
The science-fiction writer and futurist Stanisław Lem was well acquainted with the way that fictional worlds can sometimes encroach upon reality.
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7 weeks ago
A Manifesto for Revolutionary Demonology |NERO Editions
The doctrine of the Right-Hand Path is a theory of self-deification encompassing the entirety of the western hermetic tradition.
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7 weeks ago
Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe | Environment | The Guardian
As the UN sits down for its annual climate conference this week, many experts believe we have passed the point of no return by On Sunday morning hundreds of politicians, government officials and scientists will gather in the grandeur of the International Congress Centre in Katowice, Poland.
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8 weeks ago
Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans? - The Atlantic
It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me. Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal.
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11 weeks ago
Sam Harris Is A Fraud - tHE r H i z z o n E
In 2004 Sam Harris published his bestselling book “The End of Faith”. In the aftermath of 9/11, the declaration of the War on Terror and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, Harris’ book hit the mark with middle class liberals.
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12 weeks ago
Opinion | Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy? - The New York Times
Our species possesses inherent value, but we are devastating the earth and causing unimaginable animal suffering. There are stirrings of discussion these days in philosophical circles about the prospect of human extinction.
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december 2018
If You Don’t Have Bread, Eat Art!: Contemporary Art and Derivative Fascisms - Journal #76 October 2016 - e-flux
Is art a currency? Investor Stefan Simchowitz thinks so. He wrote with uncompromising clarity about the post-Brexit era: “Art will effectively continue its structural function as an alternative currency that hedges against inflation and currency depreciation.
art  fascism  hito  steyerl  stream 
december 2018
Mark Fisher’s “K-Punk” and the Futures That Have Never Arrived | The New Yorker
Mark Fisher was a writer and academic from the English Midlands who, in the early two-thousands, felt at odds with many of the institutions around him.
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december 2018
Why the film-maker behind Love Is the Message is turning his lens to whiteness | Art and design | The Guardian
Just days after the US presidential election in 2016, Arthur Jafa debuted his seven-minute film Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death, which won acclaim as a hugely impactful portrayal of American life.
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december 2018
Technological and Posthuman Zones – Critical Posthumanism
Modern technology seems always to have been judged according to its utility for human beings. To the extent that technologies have been viewed as tools, instruments, or prostheses for human use, and thus under human control, they have largely been seen in positive, utopian terms.
additivism  anthropocene  environment  human  monsters  nature  posthumanism  technology  zone  stream 
november 2018
Science Fiction and Alterity – the poesy
Through abjection and “Otherness” theory, Brydie Kosima explores Science Fiction and its status as a genre able to narrate alternate modes of reality.
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november 2018
Tropical Depressions | Sam Kriss and Ellie Mae O’Hagan
On a wretched December afternoon in 2015, as raindrops pattered a planetary threnody on grayed-out streets, five thousand activists gathered around Paris’s Arc de Triomphe, hoping to force world leaders to do something, anything, that would save the future. Ellie was there.
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november 2018
Dystopias Now • Commune
The end of the world is over. Now the real work begins. Dystopias are the flip side of utopias. Both of them express feelings about our shared future; utopias express our social hopes, dystopias our social fears.
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november 2018
302 Found
Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning field is getting a lot of attention right now, and knowing where to start can be a little difficult. I’ve been dabbling in this field, so I thought of curating the best resources in one place.
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november 2018
You thought fake news was bad? Deep fakes are where truth goes to die | Technology | The Guardian
In May, a video appeared on the internet of Donald Trump offering advice to the people of Belgium on the issue of climate change. “As you know, I had the balls to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement,” he said, looking directly into the camera, “and so should you.”
ai  algorithms  deep  fakes  deepfakes  fake  news  perception  politics  reality  video  stream 
november 2018
Young People Are Having Less Sex - The Atlantic
Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession. These should be boom times for sex.
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november 2018
There be monsters: from cabinets of curiosity to demons within | Aeon Essays
In 2003, a team of scientists in China managed to create embryos containing a mix of rabbit and human DNA. Most of the biological matter was human, while the rabbit DNA was present only in the mitochondria, the energy-generators of the cells.
additivism  cephalopod  history  hybrids  language  monster  monsters  monstrosity  octopus  other  stream 
november 2018
How it all ends… - Scientific American Blog Network
Some say in ice. The end of the world may come slowly, but it´s inevitable. Our sun, exhausting the hydrogen-fuel of the core, will successively burn the outer layers and doing so becoming hotter and expanding in size.
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november 2018
Steven Pinker and Jordan Peterson: the missing link between neoliberalism and the radical right | openDemocracy
The academics have distanced themselves from the fringes of the right, but their ideas have gained currency there. Steven Pinker and Jordan Peterson: a bridge between fringe and mainstream conservatism? Image: Bhaawest (CC BY-SA 4.0), Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0).
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november 2018
More solar panels mean more waste and there’s no easy solution - The Verge
Solar panels might be the energy source of the future, but they also create a problem without an easy solution: what do we do with millions of panels when they stop working?
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november 2018
Why are rich people so weird? | The Outline
“On the evenings that we stay in Palo Alto, we walk down the tree-lined University Avenue, reflecting upon our key wins and challenges and preparing for the adventures of the next day.
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november 2018
Climate and Collapse: Only through the insurrection of civil societies will we avoid the worst
Translation of an interview of Christophe Bonneuil, French historian and research director at the CNRS, by Ivan Du Roy for BastaMag, published on October 16th, 2018. [PDF version]
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november 2018
The Uses of Disaster • Commune
Climate change is here. In the midst of the storm, an opportunity arises to break with capitalism and its vicious inequality. Let’s seize it while we can. The alternatives are unthinkable.
additivism  capitalism  collapse  disaster  terraforming  stream 
october 2018
the economist
IN JULY, AT a convention of his small and inaptly named Social Liberal Party, Jair Bolsonaro unveiled his star hire.
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october 2018
To Save a World: Geoengineering, Conflictual Futurisms, and the Unthinkable - Journal #94 October 2018 - e-flux
The Anthropocene is proving to be an era of world war, or rather, worlds at war. Not that this is anything new.
additivism  e-flux  futurism  geoengineering  terraforming  stream 
october 2018
Revolutionary Monsters: the Suicide of Identity Politics
In their discourse on the revolution, Negri and Hardt use the concept of a positive generative monster. Monstrosity arises as otherness, something contrary to the existing order. It is a freak child who differs from her mother. Monstrosity implies imbalance and terrifying excess.
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october 2018
Stop treating tech jerks like gods
Could we stop worshipping rich men who are jerks? On Tuesday, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, took to Twitter once again with bizarre comments, saying how “strange” it is that the cave diver who rescued the Thai boys didn’t sue him after he called him a pedophile.
additivism  apple  elon  musk  futurism  progress  silicon  valley  steve  jobs  technology  tesla  stream 
october 2018
www.anatomyof.ai
A cylinder sits in a room. It is impassive, smooth, simple and small. It stands 14.8cm high, with a single blue-green circular light that traces around its upper rim. It is silently attending. A woman walks into the room, carrying a sleeping child in her arms, and she addresses the cylinder.
additivism  ai  algorithmic  governance  algorithms  amazon  anatomy  art  design  infrastructure  internet  iot  panopticon  privacy  surveillance  voice  search  stream 
october 2018
‘It’s Time to Decolonize Environmentalism’: An Interview with Zina Saro-Wiwa | Frieze
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additivism  anthropocene  art  colonialism  decolonialisation  environment  interview  stream 
october 2018
BBC - Future - The world's most prolific writer is a Chinese algorithm
“Inflatable duck baby pool with canopy.” “Hot selling colourful temporary full arm tattoo for men.” “Splendid reusable dog pee pad (minimum order: 500).
algorithms  automation  china  digital  media  hybrids  news  writing  stream 
october 2018
Edward Snowden Reconsidered | by Tamsin Shaw | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
This summer, the fifth anniversary of Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA surveillance passed quietly, adrift on a tide of news that now daily sweeps the ground from under our feet.
digital  media  edward  snowden  panopticon  privacy  security  surveillance  stream 
october 2018
Compression Aesthetics: Glitch From the Avant-Garde to Kanye West – InVisible Culture
Carolyn L. Kane In a world that esteems technological efficiency, immediacy, and control, the advent of technical noise, glitch, and failure—no matter how colorful or disturbingly beautiful—are avoided at great costs.
aesthetics  art  avant  garde  compression  datamoshing  digital  media  error  fail  glitch  images  module  music  video  stream 
october 2018
Please Stop Talking About the "Rise" of African Science Fiction | Literary Hub
Whenever I see an article that starts with “The Rise of. . .” I think of dough. When it’s applied to African science fiction, I picture an endlessly rising (and falling) dough that will never become bread.
additivism  africa  afrofuturism  fiction  literature  sci-fi  stream 
october 2018
Earth Is Not in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction - The Atlantic
At the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Smithsonian paleontologist Doug Erwin took the podium to address a ballroom full of geologists on the dynamics of mass extinctions and power grid failures—which, he claimed, unfold in the same way.
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october 2018
Horror is a dark and piercing reflection of our anxious times | Aeon Essays
In Ray Bradbury’s horror short story, ‘The Next in Line’ (1955), a woman visits the catacombs in Guanajuato, Mexico. Mummified bodies line the walls.
additivism  horror  reading  stream 
october 2018
‘Tsunami of data’ could consume one fifth of global electricity by 2025 | Environment | The Guardian
The communications industry could use 20% of all the world’s electricity by 2025, hampering attempts to meet climate change targets and straining grids as demand by power-hungry server farms storing digital data from billions of smartphones, tablets and internet-connected devices grows expone
additivism  cloud  data  digital  media  energy  environment  infrastructure  stream 
october 2018
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