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


January 24, 2009

The Impossible Object

The romantic love story is a paradoxical fusion of two extraordinarily potent messages. The first is that love, deep connection, is the most important, indeed the only truly important matter in the world. And the second is that true love cannot exist in this world.

–Terry Real


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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

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February 3, 2012

There is Only Cyberspace

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July 22, 2013

What Comes After the Man-Child?

Caution: 2,880 words ahead I have mixed feelings about [*Further Materials Toward a Theory of the Man-Child*][1], and will write them down here for whoever cares enough to know. Let's assume you've read it, and know something about the book it is commenting on, Tiqqun's *Preliminary Materials for a Theory of

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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][1]*, 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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