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


June 23, 2011

Since the Dawn of Time: A Series


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December 27, 2010

The Real as Virtual

€”Slavoj Zizek in Are Catastrophes Virtual? The Real as virtual - what does this mean? I want to recall the old Catholic strategy to guard men against the temptation of the flesh. They told you “When you see in front of you a voluptuous feminine body, imagine how it will look

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July 11, 2009

Hedonism, Capitalism & Consumerism

Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture by Joseph Heath Commodify Your Dissent by Thomas Frank Two books on how businesses and marketing have co-opted the language of nonconformism, individualism and rebellion. Today’s counterculture is effectively the research and development department of global consume capitalism, taking further the capitalist hedonistic

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April 11, 2011

Disengagement is a Luxury

Earlier today I tweeted this link: User-friendliness and fascism - where the conflict between Mac and PC is mapped on to the standard left-right political frame. Macs usually stand for left countercultural values, partly because them simply wrapped themselves in appropriate imagery, but also more substantively. Frankfurt School philosophers argued that

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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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