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25th March 2014

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St. Vincent and EMA both share a futuristic aesthetic and a penchant for sci-fi references, but their visions are far from hyperbole. We are living in a world where government-run machines auto-surveille the populous to look for evidence of crimes that haven’t happened yet, where people commit suicide over cyberbullying from anonymous sources. It isn’t a fantastical future dystopia EMA and St. Vincent are singing about. It’s the one we already live in.
— So excited to have finally published this piece for Pitchfork’s The Pitch. I care a lot about both of these artists and this subject in general, and it is fantastic to have a venue through which to write about them. 

Tagged: pitchforkwritingmusic writingemast. vincentkate lossethe internetfeminism

26th February 2014

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These are the two things I believe most strongly: 

1. Truth is subjective. 

2. Compassion for all is the highest goal one can aspire to in this life. 

That’s all. 

Tagged: the internetsocial justicehumans

18th February 2014

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Facebook Fraud (by Veritasium)

"Sites like these use clickfarms in developing countries like India, the Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Indonesia and Bangladesh. Here, employees are routinely paid just 1 dollar per thousand clicks of the like button."

Really fascinating.

Tagged: the internetsocial mediafacebook

17th February 2014

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Mashtags, Potato Shapes Made to Look Like Social Media Symbols by Frozen Food Company Birds Eye

(related: for some reason we have a bag of their smiley face mashed potato things in our freezer bc my roommate thought it was funny. they are DISGUSTING and creepy.)


Mashtags, Potato Shapes Made to Look Like Social Media Symbols by Frozen Food Company Birds Eye


(related: for some reason we have a bag of their smiley face mashed potato things in our freezer bc my roommate thought it was funny. they are DISGUSTING and creepy.)

Tagged: the internet

13th February 2014

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I want to focus overall less on myself, how good or bad I think I am, and more on feeling compassion for others, especially on the internet. I want to grasp less towards things being a certain way and allow more room to be compassionate towards any and everyone, even if I despise everything they stand for or they despise everything I stand for. I want to create more and more room for different perspectives and opinions and experiences. I don’t know if this will help or change anything. I think all I can do is change myself and keep myself from losing all hope.

I think most of us out there are having a net positive effect on the spaces we inhabit, given our circumstances and limitations. I believe in us. I believe we are trying as hard as we can to be as good as we can be, and sometimes too hard, and sometimes hurting ourselves in the process. I think it’s not just ok, but necessary to be compassionate towards ourselves as well. And I think that’s the only way we’re going to keep ourselves from total disillusionment and despair. 

Tagged: plagarazing buddhismthe internetinternet discourse

30th January 2014

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Online, however, intersectionality is overwhelmingly about chastisement and rooting out individual sin. Partly, says Cooper, this comes from academic feminism, steeped as it is in a postmodern culture of critique that emphasizes the power relations embedded in language. “We actually have come to believe that how we talk about things is the best indicator of our politics,” she notes. An elaborate series of norms and rules has evolved out of that belief, generally unknown to the uninitiated, who are nevertheless hammered if they unwittingly violate them. Often, these rules began as useful insights into the way rhetorical power works but, says Cross, “have metamorphosed into something much more rigid and inflexible.” One such rule is a prohibition on what’s called “tone policing.” An insight into the way marginalized people are punished for their anger has turned into an imperative “that you can never question the efficacy of anger, especially when voiced by a person from a marginalized background.”
This article makes me want to cry, I’m not sure from despair or from relief that someone wrote it. 

Tagged: feminismthe internetintersectionalitysigh

22nd January 2014

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Such DFW. Very Orwell. So Doge. Wow. | TechCrunch →

I love this. 

Tagged: languagethe internetdavid foster wallacedogeenglish

14th October 2013

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i want to take all my closest friends and 40 random people off the street and battle them all verbally creating instant and violent word art bleeding into unconscious streams of emotional rage.
then i want to have each draw their fears on the blank page, pass them around instructing all to make it 40 times more hideous, rinse repeat, until it’s received back by the instigator as something humorous.
Jack Dorsey in his DeviantArt phase. I find this stuff weirdly inspiring? 

Tagged: jack dorseytwitterthe internet

11th September 2013

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A 2010 study from Carnegie Mellon found that, when people engaged in direct interaction with others—that is, posting on walls, messaging, or “liking” something—their feelings of bonding and general social capital increased, while their sense of loneliness decreased. But when participants simply consumed a lot of content passively, Facebook had the opposite effect, lowering their feelings of connection and increasing their sense of loneliness.
Interesting distinction being made in this piece. 

Tagged: facebookthe internetpsychology

9th September 2013

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it’s funny, i feel more lonely after being on my computer all day talking to people and interacting with stuff online than i did in four days with no cell phone or internet and without speaking, reading, writing or even making eye contact with other people

Tagged: observationsthe internet