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I write about technology, psychoanalysis, philosophy, design, ideology & Slavoj Žižek.

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February 12, 2011

My Wound Existed Before Me

My wound existed before me. I was born to embody it. — Joe Bousquet

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September 28, 2013

Thinking of Breaking Bad & Infinite Tragedy

Breaking Bad is a fun and highly implausible show. My impression is that contrary to this, most people think it is an extremely important meditation on the nature of evil, or how a good person slowly becomes corrupted, or a Shakespearean tragedy, and other similar deep thoughts. But the premise is pretty dumb. “What if a regular suburban dad suddenly decided to cook meth! Wouldn’t that be so crazy?!?! And then his brother-in-law was a DEA agent!” If it weren’t for the subject matter, it could almost serve as the premise for a fish-out-of-water sitcom. So I don’t really understand why

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August 5, 2014

The Cult of Sharing

The sharing economy’s marquee startup Airbnb recently unveiled a new brand identity and positioning to help propel its international expansion. Airbnb’s new wordmark and logo nicknamed “the Bélo” is said to have been the culmination of a year-long process, including a cross-cultural analysis to ensure their identity would be understood around the world. Exhaustive branding efforts are unusual among pre-IPO Silicon Valley companies. For years they’ve leaned on primary colors, gradients and rounded fonts, default signifiers of fun and friendliness that negate the staid formality of the more conventionally-minded business world, attempting no greater meaning than “this is not your father’s

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December 18, 2012

Left Self-Sabotage

Caution: 3,100 words and too many generalizations. The Left is losing. Not everyone believes this of course, and admittedly there are reasons for optimism: gay marriage is slowly being legalized, we elected a black president twice, and our society is making modest gains in gender parity. But it’s a bit like Peak Oil: not every drop is gone, and there are still some years where we extract more oil than the previous year, but overall the trend is downwards. This is the state of the Left today. We don’t generally say this out loud, probably because it’s demoralizing and everyone knows

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February 13, 2014

Left Activism Goes Corporate: A Detour Through the Raw Food Underground

One of the most tedious features of the Silicon Valley Hype Machine is its endless repetition of progressive sounding marketing slogans about democracy and freedom, all while promoting a pro-business agenda. But it’s too easy to read this as a sinister corporate ploy to co-opt the language of activists and twisting

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December 20, 2013

Civility: A Distance That Brings Us Together

Just in time for the holidays, Apple’s marketing department released Misunderstood, an ad about a surly teenager absorbed in his iPhone in the midst of scenes of his family’s idyllic Christmas togetherness. But he surprises everyone when he reveals that the whole time he was making a touching video for everyone

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January 26, 2014

Ten Parenting Lessons I Learned from Franz Kafka

Here’s an adage which I think is true: every theory of parenting is implicitly a theory of society. It follows that even if you aren’t a parent now, nor ever intend to be one, if you’re interested in society and culture, you ought to be interested in the topic because the

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