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


June 23, 2011

Since the Dawn of Time: A Series


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July 16, 2009

How sex-positive is anti-sex

This was a comment I made in response to a blog post about a new sex-positive social networking site called Blackbox Republic: I think you are right about the extremes. On one side, the traditional viewpoint thinks you should be ashamed for enjoying yourself. On the other, the sex-positive folks who

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October 25, 2013

Winning the Battle & Losing the War with Silicon Valley

In an ideal world, we would all spend a lot of time closely examining and debating the decisions that are made in Silicon Valley, trying to see how those decisions are propagated to society as a whole and how they alter our interpersonal relationships, our cognitive functioning, our economy and our

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January 19, 2012

On the Progressive Use of Copyright

Some may take issue with [my characterization][1] of copyright as having a progressive purpose. Opponents of copyright strenously dispute the claim that copyright protects authors at all, and say that this is a smokescreen for the media industry's desire to protect their business model. But we can retort with a similar

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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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