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William Gibson: ‘I was losing a sense of how weird the real world was'
“I was actually able to write Neuromancer because I didn’t know anything about computers,” he says. “I knew literally nothing. What I did was deconstruct the poetics of the language of people who were already working in the field.
books  scifi  writing  articles 
5 weeks ago by mikael
Entrepreneur or precarious worker? These are the terms of a cognitive dissonance that turns everyone’s life into a shaky project in perennial start-up phase. Silvio Lorusso guides us through the entreprecariat, a world where change is natural and healthy, whatever it may bring. A world populated by motivational posters, productivity tools, mobile offices and self-help techniques. A world in which a mix of entrepreneurial ideology and widespread precarity is what regulates professional social media, online marketplaces for self-employment and crowdfunding platforms for personal needs. The result? A life in permanent beta, with sometimes tragic implications.
work  politics  netcritique  blog-posts  books 
5 weeks ago by mikael
Lurking: How a Person Became a User by Joanne McNeil
A concise but wide-ranging personal history of the internet from—for the first time—the point of view of the user.
books  netcritique 
november 2019 by mikael
Youtube.com: Jenny Odell, How to Do Nothing - XOXO Festival (2019)
In her first book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, multi-disciplinary artist and writer Jenny Odell argues that taking control of our attention from the capitalist forces determined to monetize it and reconnecting with the world around us is a critical form of resistance.
videos  presentation  work  books  netcritique 
november 2019 by mikael
The Hacking Supergroup That Counts Beto O’Rourke as One of Its Own
Beneath the radical language and underground aesthetic is an ideological and political shallowness. Strip away the newness and novelty of the technological tactics and you find the same old machinations of military and capitalist power, which no plucky hacktivist can disrupt without risking their life, freedom and reputation. Through the filter of the media, hacker rock stars battling the authoritarian state one day can become creepy basement-bred egotistical nerds with poor personal hygiene the next, depending on which states they turn their talents against. Regardless, today no state can rival the world-dominating power of the tech monopolies and yet many in these circles concluded, according to Menn, that the best chance for “preserving individual freedoms” against the state was by joining forces with the likes of Apple and Google.
quotes  reviews  books  netcritique  articles  hack  history 
june 2019 by mikael
Amazon.com: Books — The Dancing Chain: History and Development of the Derailleur Bicycle: Frank Berto, Daniel Rebour and others: 9781892495693
Frank Berto is a mechanical engineer and bicycle historian, former technical editor of Bicycling Magazine. Consultant to Shimano and other bicycle and bicycle component manufacturers. He is the author of Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Upgrading Your Bicycle and Birth of Dirt: The Origins of Mountain Biking.
cycling  books  bikes  history 
june 2019 by mikael
Because Internet
A linguistically informed look at how our digital world is transforming the English language.
books  culture  internet  language  internetmeme 
april 2019 by mikael
The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World by Andreas Malm on Verso Books
An attack on the idea that nature and society are impossible to distinguish from each other.
environment  politics  books 
march 2019 by mikael
Sad by design
While classical melancholy was defined by isolation and introspection, today’s tristesse plays out amidst busy social media interactions. Geert Lovink on ‘technological sadness’ – the default mental state of the online billions.
socialmedia  netcritique  facebook  youtube  articles  books 
february 2019 by mikael
The Attention Merchants review – how the web is being debased for profit
Tim Wu on a decades-long campaign to monetise attention which has reached new intensity in the Facebook age.
psychology  netcritique  business  socialmedia  articles  books  reviews  facebook 
february 2019 by mikael
Capitalism’s New Clothes
Steve Jobs promised us computers as “bicycles for the mind”; what we got instead are assembly lines for the spirit.
quotes  economics  netcritique  business  surveillance  databrokers  books  reviews 
february 2019 by mikael
Drömmen om att cykla
I Dick Brunas Miffy cyklar utstrålar kaninen Miffy dröm och längtan där hon sitter med huvudet i tassarna. När hon blir stor, då ska hon cykla! Hon föreställer sig cykelturen, först runt huset där hon bor, sen ut bland blommorna på ängen – det går hur enkelt som helst. Förbi sjön, genom skogen med alla träden går turen, och uppför en backe. Miffy har ett mål: huset på kullen där mostern bor.
cycling  books  children  swedish  blog-posts  reviews 
january 2019 by mikael
Internet är trasigt
Silicon Valleys drömmande visionärer skulle rädda demokratin och frälsa världen, men istället har deras uppfinningar banat väg för en antidemokratisk revolution som nu tycks hota hela vår mänskliga civilisation. Vad var det som gick så fel?
books  swedish  netcritique  internet 
november 2018 by mikael
Internet är inte trasigt
Då: Historien var slut och internet skulle demokratisera det offentliga samtalet. Nu: Demokratin är på reträtt och sociala medier skapar pogromer. Med utgångspunkt i två aktuella böcker och Michael Bays Transformers försöker Johannes Klenell förstå vad som hände.
netcritique  swedish  internet  articles  books  history 
november 2018 by mikael
Writing about Photography: Three New Books
This year saw the publication of three books that anyone interested in critical writing about photography might be interested in. They each drive the point I made above home very strongly. They are Tyler Green‘s Carleton Watkins, Mariko Takeuchi‘s Silence and Image, and Taco Hidde Bakker‘s The Photograph That Took the Place of a Mountain.
books  reviews  photography 
november 2018 by mikael
Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution on Verso
Noise Uprising brings to life the moment and sounds of a cultural revolution. Between the development of electrical recording in 1925 and the outset of the Great Depression in the early 1930s, the soundscape of modern times unfolded in a series of obscure recording sessions, as hundreds of unknown musicians entered makeshift studios to record the melodies and rhythms of urban streets and dancehalls. The musical styles and idioms etched onto shellac disks reverberated around the globe: among them Havana’s son, Rio’s samba, New Orleans’ jazz, Buenos Aires’ tango, Seville’s flamenco, Cairo’s tarab, Johannesburg’s marabi, Jakarta’s kroncong, and Honolulu’s hula. They triggered the first great battle over popular music and became the soundtrack to decolonization.
books  politics  music  history 
october 2018 by mikael
Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene
If we want to learn to live in the Anthropocene, we must first learn how to die.
environment  articles  death  future  books 
august 2018 by mikael
Ready Player One is the roadmap to digital dystopia
The 2011 book wants to have it both ways — just like Mark Zuckerberg.
books  vr  culture  articles  netcritique 
july 2018 by mikael
Is Facebook the problem with Facebook, or is it us?
Nicholas Carr is the author of “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” among other books.
articles  facebook  netcritique  books  reviews  socialmedia 
june 2018 by mikael
Breakcore: Identity and Interaction on Peer-to-Peer by Andrew Whelan
Peer-to-peer music exchange, sampling, and digital distribution have garnered much attention in recent years, notably in debates about authorship, intellectual property, media control, and ‘Web 2’. However, empirical scholarship on how these technologies are used creatively by musicians and fans is still sparse. In this interdisciplinary ethnography of ‘bedroom producer’ culture, Andrew Whelan examines interaction and exchange within a specific online milieu: peer-to-peer chatrooms dedicated to electronic music, focusing on a genre known as ‘breakcore’.
music  books  culture  breakcore 
june 2018 by mikael
Organization after Social Media
Organized networks are an alternative to the social media logic of weak links and their secretive economy of data mining. They put an end to freestyle friends, seeking forms of empowerment beyond the brief moment of joyful networking. This speculative manual calls for nothing less than social technologies based on enduring time. Analyzing contemporary practices of organization through networks as new institutional forms, organized networks provide an alternative to political parties, trade unions, NGOs, and traditional social movements. Dominant social media deliver remarkably little to advance decision-making within digital communication infrastructures. The world cries for action, not likes.
blog-posts  socialmedia  books  netcritique 
june 2018 by mikael
platforms have taken “custody” of the Internet: Content moderation at the major platforms matters because those platforms have achieved such prominence in the intervening years.As I was writing the book, one news item in 2015 stuck with me: in a survey on people’s new media use, more people said that they used Facebook than said they used the Internet. Facebook, which by then had become one of the most popular online destinations in the world and had expanded to the mobile environment, did not “seem” like the Internet anymore. Rather than being part of the Internet, it had somehow surpassed it. This was not true, of course; Facebook and the other major platforms had in fact woven themselves deeper into the Internet, by distributing cookies, offering secure login mechanisms for other sites and platforms, expanding advertising networks, collecting reams of user data from third-party sites, and even exploring Internet architecture projects. In both the perception of users and in material ways, Facebook and the major social media platforms have taken “custody” of the Internet. This should change our calculus as to whether platform moderation is or is not “censorship,” and the responsibilities of platforms bear when they decide what to remove and who to exclude.
books  netcritique  internet  facebook  socialmedia  blog-posts 
june 2018 by mikael
Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier
This title will be released on May 29, 2018. Jaron Lanier, the world-famous Silicon Valley scientist-pioneer and 'high-tech genius' (Sunday Times) who first alerted us to the dangers of social media, explains why its toxic effects are at the heart of its design, and explains in ten simple arguments why liberating yourself from its hold will transform your life and the world for the better.
books  socialmedia  articles  netcritique 
may 2018 by mikael
The Case for the "Self-Driven Child"
In a new book, an argument for giving children more of a sense of control over their lives.
children  science  psychology  books 
february 2018 by mikael
The diabolical genius of the baby advice industry
Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer.
articles  books  parenting  business  children 
february 2018 by mikael
Emerald: Title Detail: Internet Celebrity by Crystal Abidin
From fashion Instagrammers in Australia, YouTube gamers in Sweden, and beauty bloggers in the UK, to Mukbang eaters in South Korea, livestreamers in China, and parody tweeters in India, the face of internet celebrity is rapidly diversifying and evolving. Digital culture on social media and mainstream celebrity culture are weaving together, such that breakout stars from one-hit viral videos are able to parlay their transient fame into a full-time career.
books  socialmedia  culture  celebrity 
february 2018 by mikael
Life in the Age of Noise - Original Essay by Erling Kagge
After having walked alone to the South Pole for 50 days and nights under the midnight sun without uttering a word, raised my three daughters, worked as a publisher for 21 years, and spent the last 18 months writing the book Silence in the Age of Noise, I have come up with the following three observations: The basic state in our brain is one of chaos. An abundance of activities leaves us with a feeling of experiential poverty. And we are living in the age of noise.
meditation  netcritique  mobile  books 
january 2018 by mikael
Youtube.com: Feed (Anderson novel)
Feed (2002) is a young adult dystopian novel of the cyberpunk subgenre written by M. T. Anderson. The novel focuses on issues such as corporate power, consumerism, information technology, data mining, and environmental decay, with a sometimes sardonic, sometimes somber tone. From the first-person perspective of a teenager, the book takes place in a near-futuristic American culture completely dominated by advertising and corporate exploitation, corresponding to the enormous popularity of internetworking brain implants.
books  socialmedia  netcritique  wiki 
january 2018 by mikael
Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials: Malcolm Harris
the first major accounting of the millennial generation written by someone who belongs to it. Harris is twenty-eight—the book’s cover announces his birth year next to a sardonic illustration of elementary-school stickers—and he has already rounded the bases of young, literary, leftist media: he is a writer and editor for the online magazine the New Inquiry; he has written for Jacobin and n+1. He got his first taste of notoriety during Occupy Wall Street: shortly after activists settled in at Zuccotti Park, he wrote a blog post for Jacobin in which he claimed to have “heard unconfirmed reports that Radiohead is planning a concert at the occupation this week.”
books  culture 
december 2017 by mikael
Generation Me - Revised and Updated: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before: Jean M. Twenge
According to Twenge, millennials are “tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious, but also disengaged, narcissistic, distrustful, and anxious.” She presents a barrage of statistics in support of this assessment, along with anecdotal testimonials and pop-cultural examples that neatly confirm the trends she identifies.
books  culture 
december 2017 by mikael
Class of 2018 at the The Public Domain Review
Our top pick of artists and writers whose works will, on 1st January 2018, enter the public domain in many countries around the world.
copyright  art  articles  books  culture 
december 2017 by mikael
Phaidon's new book explores graphic design in North Korea
Nicholas Bonner’s book Made in North Korea offers a rare glimpse into the visual culture of the totalitarian state – from cigarette and food packaging to postcards and airline tickets. We talk to Bonner about the North Korean graphic design industry and how the role of packaging and ephemera differs in such a society
books  reviews  design  northkorea  blog-posts 
october 2017 by mikael
Jill Walker Rettberg — Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves
Selfies, blogs and lifelogging devices have become important ways in which we understand ourselves. Jill Walker Rettberg analyses these and related genres as three intertwined modes of self-representation: visual, written and quantitative. Rettberg explores topics like the meaning of Instagram filters, smartphone apps that write your diary for you, and the ways in which governments and commercial entities create their own representations of us from the digital traces we leave behind as we go through our lives.
ebooks  books  netcritique 
october 2017 by mikael
Are You Ready to Publish a Photobook? - In conversation with Chris Pichler, Nazraeli Press
Nazraeli Press has published work by Alec Soth, Marilyn Minter, Daido Moriyama, and many others. We sat down with Nazraeli’s founder and publisher to learn more about the photobook world.
books  publishing  photography  interviews 
october 2017 by mikael
Suspensions of Perception
Suspensions of Perception is a major historical study of human attention and its volatile role in modern Western culture. It argues that the ways in which we intently look at or listen to anything result from crucial changes in the nature of perception that can be traced back to the second half of the nineteenth century.
books  psychology  history  netcritique 
october 2017 by mikael
Han citerar en essä om Skype – han anger tidskrift, men inte författare – och konstaterar att videosamtal där ger en falsk intimitet, eftersom man måste titta in i datorns svarta kameraöga för att motparten ska få rak ögonkontakt. Men då kan man ju själv inte se motpartens blick.
reviews  books  netcritique 
september 2017 by mikael
Byung-Chul Han – I svärmen: Tankar om det digitala
I sin nya bok reflekterar den koreanske kulturfilosofen Han över det digitala, som snabbt förändrar vår verklighets­uppfattning, vårt tänkande och våra umgängesformer. Genom sin omedelbarhet är internet ett affektmedium, medan varseblivningens djupare lycka består i avsiktslösheten hos den långa blicken som dröjer vid tingen utan att exploatera dem. »Respekt«, påminner Han, »betyder ordagrant ›återblick‹. I ett respektfullt umgänge med andra håller man sig tillbaka med nyfiket distanserad blick.«
books  philosophy 
september 2017 by mikael
Review of 'On the Internet: Thinking in Action,' by Hubert Dreyfus, Routledge Press, 2001
"while the anonymity of the Net makes possible experimentation, the overall effect of the Net is to undermine commitment, thus depriving life of serious meaning."
reviews  internet  books  history  identity  netcritique 
september 2017 by mikael
A Short History of the Trump Family: The First Family
What Gatsby and Trump also have in common are gangsters. Gatsby’s fortune is secretly derived from his bootlegging partnership with Meyer Wolfsheim, a character based on the mobster Arnold Rothstein, who fixed the 1919 World Series. Trump’s business has been dependent almost from the start on real-life racketeers. There was Anthony ‘Fat Tony’ Salerno, boss of the Genovese crime family, and Paul ‘Big Paulie’ Castellano, boss of the Gambino crime family, who owned the company that provided the ready-mix cement for Trump Tower, used in place of the usual steel girders. There was John Cody, the boss of Teamsters Local 282, who controlled the cement trucks and was an associate of the Gambino family. There was Daniel Sullivan, Trump’s labour ‘consultant’, who in partnership with the Philadelphia crime boss Nicodemos ‘Nicky’ Scarfo’s financier, sold Trump a property in Atlantic City that became his casino. There was Salvatore ‘Salvie’ Testa, ‘crown prince’ of the Philadelphia Mob, who sold Trump the site on which two construction firms owned by Scarfo built the Trump Plaza and Casino. There was Felix Sater, convicted money launderer for the Russian Mafia, Trump’s partner in building the Trump SoHo hotel through the Bayrock Group LLC, which by 2007 had more than $2 billion in Trump licensed projects and by 2014 was no more. There was Tevfik Arif, another Trump partner, Bayrock’s chairman, originally from Kazakhstan. Bayrock’s equity financing came from three Kazakh billionaires known as ‘the Trio’, who were reported to be engaged in racketeering, money laundering and other crimes. And so on.
politics  usa  reviews  books 
august 2017 by mikael
Apocalypse Always, by Walter Kirn
Proper dystopias aren’t merely hells, after all — they’re hells of a specific kind. They’re ventured paradises gone awry, reformist fantasies run aground.
articles  culture  quotes  books  movies 
july 2017 by mikael
Addons.mozilla.org: EPUBReader
With EPUBReader you can read ePub files just in Firefox. No additional software needed!
epub  books  firefox  extensions  fileformats 
june 2017 by mikael
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