Last weekend I suspended my FB account. During the months of the pandemic I increasingly felt the irritation with FB build up again. Two years ago I deleted my previous Facebook account, after having stopped using it half a year before it. I did it then foremost to delete the existing history, and c…
Call for participants for ReclaimFutures is running up until 14th June.
ReclaimFutures is a technology and culture conference around the broad subjects of post-capitalist desire, utopian exploration, ecology and alternative computing.
Submissions encouraged from underrepresented groups.
RF is open to all individuals or non-commercial small groups to participate by presenting talks, artworks, workshops and performances and strongly encourages submissions from anyone who considers themselves to belong to an underrepresented group including but not limited to POCs, LGBTQIA+, non-binary folx, womxn, people with disabilities, working class, persons with no fixed address, immigrants, the undocumented and first-time speakers.
Getting a bit of an initial handle on Simulacra and Simulation .
So… postmodernism says everything is contextual. There is no absolute truth, or grand narratives for people to follow ideologically.
If we have no grand narratives for people to follow in a postmodern society, what might happen?
One thing Baudrillard says is that rampant consumerism becomes a way of creating identity in the absence of it being provided from elsewhere.
And that as everything is so mediated, the way most people experience the world becomes a simulation of the actual reality of things. See The Gulf War Did Not Take Place. I hope I’m not adding to this state of affairs by listening to a podcast about the book rather than reading the book.
I would dearly like to take that navigation past just the first page – some day, when time permits.
I cycled to a tiny place called Sunderland Point today.
To get there you have to go via a small road through a salt marsh that may or may not be passable, depending on the tide. I like salt marshes.
According to Wikipedia, “Sunderland is unique in the United Kingdom as being the only community to be on the mainland and yet dependent upon tidal access.”
It’s got a shitty history as being a port that was part of the slave trade. Sadly there’s quite a bit of that history around Lancaster.
I’ve been having fun making a couple of playlists on Kicks’ Duxtape.
For some artificial constraints, I’m making them all 6 tracks, under 30 minutes, and picking out tunes based on the alphabetical order of the artists. (And naming them after peaks in Wainwright’s guides to the Lake District…)
I haven’t played it, but it sounds fun – I also have a friend who enjoys watching a chat show that currently happens in Animal Crossing!
No, the web was much more of an adventure. It was a place that you wandered to discover new areas, like exploring the vast open seas. A new virtual space that lead to all kinds of strange, interesting, exciting places. This is what the web was like, at least, in our collective imagination.
Today’s web browsers want to be invisible, merging with the visual environment of the desktop in an effort to convince users to treat “the cloud” as just an extension of their hard drive. In the 1990s, browser design took nearly the opposite approach, using iconography associated with travel to convey the feeling of going on a journey.
This feels related to spatial software. A return to the notion of journey, space and travel. A desire that has been expedited by being stuck at home. What was the reason for the original flattening?
Navigation. Exploration. Browsing. Surfing. The web was akin to a virtual manifestation of physical space. We even had a word for it: webspace. In Geocities, this was expressed with the notion of neighborhoods, creatively-named categories like Area51 for sci-fi, Heartland for families and pets, RainForest for the environment, Vienna for classical music, CapeCanaveral for science and mathematics.