politics

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]