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The Instagrammable Charm of the Bourgeoisie | Boston Review
(Bugger, I had made this link and was all excited and someone already wrote the bloody essay)
"Just as the picturesque was supplanted by highly decorative Victorian styles of architecture and design that eschewed naturalism for a bonkers eclecticism, Instagram users are starting to forsake the appearance of naturalness for the artificiality of augmented reality. The ornament has merely migrated from interior spaces to digital ones. Such changes in taste correspond to the popularity of Instagram’s augmented reality–enabled “Stories” function, which the company recently announced has reached 300 million users. Its filters—which, for example, let you wear cartoon glasses or bunny ears—are less about producing evidence of an Instagrammable experience than they are about conveying a message or a mood, such as “I’m feeling playful.”
aesthetics  art  instagram  picturesque  landscape  AR  culturalstudies 
20 days ago by mildlydiverting
k-punk: Reflexive impotence
“What we are facing here is not just time-honoured teenage torpor, but the mismatch between a post-literate 'New Flesh' that is 'too wired to concentrate' and the confining, concentrational logics of decaying disciplinary systems”
culturalstudies  criticism  theory 
11 weeks ago by mildlydiverting
A Crisis of Cognition
Article about the pursuit of the story at the cost of the information that needs to be delivered.
information  politics  journalism  culturalstudies 
11 weeks ago by rjkroege
Jennifer L Morgan
Jennifer L. Morgan is Professor of History in the department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University where she also serves as Chair
profile  academics  culturalstudies 
april 2019 by folquet
Computer-generated pornography and convergence: Animation and algorithms as new digital desire - Rebecca Saunders, 2019
The libidinal focus of this type of digital pornography fundamentally shifts, then, away from the human body and the attempt to gain vicarious imagistic access to it through digital technologies. Instead, the labour of the animator, and the coding and characters they borrow from video game designs, become the libidinal focus of computer-generated pornography. As this new digital phenomenon uncovers and eroticizes the workings of CGI, so it dismantles the veracity and materiality promised by ‘real body’ digital pornography: CGI porn’s stark foregrounding of its technological constructedness clarifies the artificiality of its ‘real body’ counterpart. This article posits, then, an important new site of convergence. Pornography is a central node in the culture, politics and economics of digital technology, and the ways in which its convergence with CGI practises and video game culture has produced not just an entirely new digital phenomenon, but has fundamentally altered digital pornography's conception of the desirous subject and the material body, are crucial.
pornography  embodiment  cgi  academic  culturalstudies 
march 2019 by mildlydiverting
What is ‘Post-digital’? | a peer-reviewed journal about_
More pragmatically, the term ‘post-digital’ can be used to describe either a contemporary disenchantment with digital information systems and media gadgets, or a period in which our fascination with these systems and gadgets has become historical – just like the dot-com age ultimately became historical in the 2013 novels of Thomas Pynchon and Dave Eggers. After Edward Snowden’s disclosures of the NSA’s all-pervasive digital surveillance systems, this disenchantment has quickly grown from a niche ‘hipster’ phenomenon to a mainstream position – one which is likely to have a serious impact on all cultural and business practices based on networked electronic devices and Internet services.
digital  postdigital  culturalstudies  theory 
march 2019 by mildlydiverting
Maternal Bodies in Visual Culture
Maternal Bodies in Visual Culture
Author: Rosemary Betterton
How to Cite: Betterton, R., 2009. Maternal Bodies in Visual Culture. Studies in the Maternal, 1(1), pp.1–3. DOI:
motherhood  art  visualculture  culturalstudies 
february 2019 by mildlydiverting
Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work? - The New York Times
Perhaps we’ve all gotten a little hungry for meaning. Participation in organized religion is falling, especially among American millennials. In San Francisco, where I live, I’ve noticed that the concept of productivity has taken on an almost spiritual dimension. Techies here have internalized the idea — rooted in the Protestant work ethic — that work is not something you do to get what you want; the work itself is all. Therefore any life hack or company perk that optimizes their day, allowing them to fit in even more work, is not just desirable but inherently good.
culturalstudies  culture  work  capitalism  productivity 
january 2019 by mildlydiverting
The Slippery Politics of the Gilets Jaunes’ Hi-Vis Jackets | Frieze
The Slippery Politics of the Gilets Jaunes’ Hi-Vis Jackets
Why the yellow high-visibility vest is a paradoxical symbol for the protest movement roiling France
politics  culturalstudies 
january 2019 by mildlydiverting
Minecraft and Me
Mine raft, Landscape, Gothic and the Sublime
culturalstudies  inspiration  minecraft  culture  games 
august 2018 by mildlydiverting
Up to five PhD positions in the department of , , and at the uni of…
Religion  History  CulturalStudies  Archaelogy  from twitter_favs
august 2018 by hwileniu
Rogue Archives | The MIT Press
An examination of how nonprofessional archivists, especially media fans, practice cultural preservation on the Internet and how “digital cultural memory” differs radically from print-era archiving.

The task of archiving was once entrusted only to museums, libraries, and other institutions that acted as repositories of culture in material form. But with the rise of digital networked media, a multitude of self-designated archivists—fans, pirates, hackers—have become practitioners of cultural preservation on the Internet. These nonprofessional archivists have democratized cultural memory, building freely accessible online archives of whatever content they consider suitable for digital preservation. In Rogue Archives, Abigail De Kosnik examines the practice of archiving in the transition from print to digital media, looking in particular at Internet fan fiction archives.

De Kosnik explains that media users today regard all of mass culture as an archive, from which they can redeploy content for their own creations. Hence, “remix culture” and fan fiction are core genres of digital cultural production. De Kosnik explores, among other things, the anticanonical archiving styles of Internet preservationists; the volunteer labor of online archiving; how fan archives serve women and queer users as cultural resources; archivists' efforts to attract racially and sexually diverse content; and how digital archives adhere to the logics of performance more than the logics of print. She also considers the similarities and differences among free culture, free software, and fan communities, and uses digital humanities tools to quantify and visualize the size, user base, and rate of growth of several online fan archives.
culturalstudies  archives  books 
august 2018 by rybesh
The Subversion of Paradoxes: Remembering Better Near Futures
The complexity, lack of logic and apparent overwhelming nature of ‘current events’ (a.k.a. Trump, Brexit, Climate change, refugee crisis, nuclear vibes, etc.) is deriving in a threatening hypernormalisation, full of contradictions, collisions and coexistence of realities, where the internet is playing an active and defining role. So much so, in fact, that the ‘Upside Down’, Alice’s ‘Wonderland’, and other parallel universes aren’t exactly far off from our own…
internet  criticaltheory  culturalstudies  future  technology 
may 2018 by mildlydiverting
Rebecca Solnit: Whose Story (and Country) Is This? | Literary Hub
“We are as a culture moving on to a future with more people and more voices and more possibilities. Some people are being left behind, not because the future is intolerant of them but because they are intolerant of this future.”
culturalstudies  racism  sexism  feminism 
april 2018 by SteveLambert

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