QAnon gives me déjà vu.
This guy appears out of nowhere on an internet forum. He claims to have secret knowledge. But he won’t just come out and tell you what it is. (more…)
I’ve been thinking about QAnon a lot lately.
When I think of QAnon, I’m mostly just annoyed. From the right angle, the QAnon movement looks like a Ferrari on cinder blocks. A movement as large, as passionate, and with the kind of missionary zeal of QAnon could do some serious damage to the system if they knew what the hell they were doing and if they understood what the hell they were up against. (more…)
Yes, fellows, it’s that time of year again. Once again, the extremely online youth will foreswear masturbation for a whole month in a ritual known as No Nut November. One of the few salutary phenomena to arise out of social media culture, it will at some point in the future be heralded as an antecedent of whatever ideological/religious (more…)
Back in the year 2000 — before the advent of smartphones and the existence of social media in any significant sense beyond a humble smattering of BBS message boards — I and the other convicts at Oregon State Penitentiary caught wind of a new super-max prison they were building in the state’s remote eastern regions. (more…)
What are the implications of Joe Biden’s plans for internet censorship and a federal task force meant to combat hate speech? First, I will speak of the vulnerabilities in popular “far-right” organizations that could be exploited by this development, then I will talk about what I believe will happen if these plans actually go into effect. (more…)
How bad are things now? “Pretty bad” is a decent answer, though a brief one. We’re faced with daunting challenges, quite obviously, though it’s a mischaracterization to say that all is lost. This has some very practical considerations. (more…)
Poppy, the mildly unsettling YouTube sensation-turned-bestselling pop singer, released her newest album on January 10th. It’s called I Disagree, and it’s an apt title — much of this record is a violent, abrasive eschewing of both Poppy’s previous work and the rules that govern music in general, much like the hyperpop sensibilities of breakthrough act 100 Gecs or veterans of the deconstruction genre like Grimes, (more…)
In recent years, White Nationalists and identitarians have been the most censored people in the world. But lately, one other group has been trying to steal our thunder as free speech martyrs: sex workers.
Prostitution has operated fairly openly on the internet for many years on adult dating websites and even in personals sections of otherwise respectable websites. (more…)
In our increasingly consumerist society, there is a growing desire for all things to become more quick, predictable, and satisfactory. This is perhaps most obvious in the development of fast-food and fast-food culture. (more…)
Life After the State: Why We Don’t Need Government
Bitcoin: The Future Of Money?
Within traditional, mainstream politics the assumption is that free trade is the preferred tool of the Right, and the state the preferred tool of the Left. (more…)
You may or may not be old enough to remember when the Internet was a new thing, but for a long time, web pages were not considered “credible” sources. If you were a serious person trying to make a serious point, you cited books, academic journals, established magazines and venerable old newspapers. (more…)
Transcendence marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer. Nolan is also the executive producer so the expectation is that this sci-fi project could aspire to the heights reached by Nolan’s Inception. Sadly, it fails to live up to the comparison.
Johnny Depp stars as Dr. Will Caster, a leading researcher in artificial intelligence (AI). His work is opposed by a terrorist group known as RIFT (Revolutionary Independence From Technology) (more…)
For centuries, technological progress has poured from the First World fountainhead of innovation, eventually trickling down to the Third World. People in Shanghai, Tel Aviv, and San Jose get to play with the prototypes, then the rest of us get to be the early adopters, and it eventually finds its way to the Middle Eastern bazaar, Indian village, and African jungle. (more…)
In theory, anarchy is against hierarchy and obedience to authority while traditionalists embrace these unfashionable principles. (more…)
Communications technologies powerfully impact how and what people think, what they view as right and wrong—even what they are capable of thinking and valuing.
In the couple years since I disengaged from mainstream politics, I’ve been accused of having become embittered or alienated. (more…)
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Portuguese translation here
It’s a good thing that SOPA and PIPA have been put on hold indefinitely by yesterday’s digital tantrum. Nothing delights me more than imagining a dark cloud of popular anger sweeping over Washington’s lobbyists, forcing them to scuttle like vermin from whatever evil-doings they were up to. (more…)
The following letter is addressed to Minister of Justice Simon Power in response to reports that the New Zealand Government is considering ratifying an international law against cyber crime, that includes clauses criminalizing so-called “holocaust denial,” “racism,” “xenophobia,” and “verified genocides.” (more…)
German translation here
Please Welcome our Special Guest Contributor: Google
We, the learned Elders of Google, having resolved to be evil after all, conclude that this ”Internet” is more trouble than it’s worth. The following protocols, which are super top secret, are our step-by-step plan for unplugging the series of tubes once and for all..
Googled: The End of the World As We Know It
New York: Penguin Press, 2009
Capitalism is by nature a form or method of economic change and not only never is but never can be stationary. . . . It must be seen in its role in the perennial gale of creative destruction . . . (more…)