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essays by Louis Doulas, Ria Roberts, and Wyatt Niehaus.

Comments on Youtube Comments

Last Friday, Ryan Tate posted “YouTube Is Developing a Secret Weapon Against the Internet’s Worst Commenters” on Wired.com. Tate wrote this article with practically no substantive knowledge but it does bring up some interesting points. The article describes extremely vague allusions Youtube has made to reworking its comment system, as well as speculations as to […]

A Reaction to Limitless

Perhaps, what is most disturbing in the 2011 film Limitless [1], is not the general inaccuracy of the entire plotline—the idea that one can only limitedly access 20% of their brain [2]—but rather something more overlooked: Eddie Morra’s career choices and transitions instigated while under the influence of the fictional drug, NZT-48.  From a starving writer who has […]

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 […]

Writing and Reading: Mosaics and Nonlinearity, Part One

In 1951 Marshall McLuhan published his first book entitled, The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man. Besides its title being partially derived from Duchamp’s work on glass, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, what’s interesting about the book is the way its contents are non-linearly sequenced. The book is disjointedly comprised of various popular advertisements and articles [of […]

Chris Lee and Speculative Numismatics

Lately I’ve been really excited about the work of Chris Lee, a graphic designer whose work and research deals with currency. He addresses how the design of money implicates its users within political-economic power dynamics, both citing compelling histories and imagining new systems. You can read Frontlining Currency: “Speculative Numismatics” as Antagonistic Graphic Design online […]

On Pirate Ethos

Understanding online-piracy, more as a calculated method of defiance and less as a circumstance of convenience, is a crucial step in utilizing the internet as a legitimate tool of political engagement. Piracy maintains nearly ubiquitous support within internet culture, yet it is rarely employed as a method of direct action. Piracy should be seen by those interested […]