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Transformers in the Age of Drones

In Michael Bay’s 2007 film Transformers, product and person are a shared entity – consumer machines are not tied to any producer, no labor, and no market value. The Autobots and Decepticons instead act as dueling gods. The role of humans, in this late-Capitalist scenario, is completely detached from manufacturing, production, or the assembly of […]

Notes on “Here Comes Nobody”

“…But such acts of lulzmaking are magnetic on two levels, producing spectacular, shocking, and humorous events and images that attract media attention while simultaneously binding together the collective and rejuvenating its spirit. This runs counter to the reductive arguments about whether or not online organizing can breed the conditions necessary for serious, effective activism (see […]

Projects from Petros Moris and KERNEL: Part One

Engine   1. In Engine, a Google search engine is quietly modified so that whenever one types in a keyword of interest, what results are instructions for ‘action’ or potential for action. What is meant by this? Typing in, let’s say, the word ‘computers’, one will receive not historical or general information concerning computers per […]

“Post-Figurative” Legitimacy in Internet Culture

AIDS 3D, Free Internet “If a group is aiming to eliminate class distinctions, pre-figurative politics demands that there be no class distinctions within that group, nor should that group’s actions reinforce classism. The same principle applies to hierarchy: if a group is fighting to abolish some or all forms of hierarchy in larger society, prefigurative […]

Likes and Notes at a Glance: Consumption without Contextualization

By Louis Doulas An alternate, updated version of this text can be found here 1. Screenshot of Pleaselike.com taken October 27th 2011   Pleaselike.com is a browser-based artwork by Rafaël Rozendaal made in 2010.  The website consists of an entirely white page with an embedded Facebook classic-blue thumbs up ‘Like’ button positioned in the center.  To the button’s right […]