ESSAYS
  • THE INTERNET DIDN’T KILL COUNTERCULTURE—YOU JUST WON’T FIND IT ON INSTAGRAM (CAROLINE BUSTA)
  • To be truly countercultural in a time of tech hegemony, one has to, above all, betray the platform which may come in the form of betraying or divesting from your public online self.
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  • THE UMAMI THEORY OF VALUE: AUTOPSY OF THE EXPERIENCE ECONOMY (NEMESIS)
  • “Advanced consumers” became obsessed with umami and then ran around trying to collect ever-more-intensifying experiences of it. Things were getting more and more delicious, more and more expensive, and all the while, more and more immaterial. Umami is what you got when you didn’t get anything.
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  • SELF-DESIGN, OR PRODUCTIVE NARCISSISM (BORIS GROYS)
  • The desire of the other’s desire is permanently haunted by the possibility of mankind’s final disappearance—the physical death of human spectators after the metaphysical death of God.
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  • THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL: 2020 (DEAN KISSICK)
  • “What will I be when I grow up?" Trecartin´s character asked in 2007. "A production company.”
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  • SOCIAL LIVE (HANNAH BLACK)
  • ... structured by the demands of profit, violent, strange, funny, awful, beautiful, full of desire and the alienation of desire … everything that the world is. There is no technology, and there never will be a technology, that does anything more than mirror, reproduce and at most concentrate and intensify the social relations in which it was produced.
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LLIST 2020