“But if people also say “I just don’t like it, I don’t like the experience,” it will be because, in fashioning the ultimate personal screen, Google violated the very conditions that made screens so compelling in the first place: the containment of the frame, the placement of the screen on a device—an entity among others—a placement that allows us to look upon the screen from beyond.”
— We Love Screens, Not Glass (via iamdanw)
4:46 pm • 14 March 2014 • 2 notes
“But the hardest thing of all, he says, was something else entirely. He hands me his iPhone so that I can scroll through some messages he’s saved. One is from a woman chastising him for “distracting the children of the world.” Another laments that “13 kids at my school broke their phones because of your game, and they still play it cause it’s addicting like crack.” Nguyen tells me of e-mails from workers who had lost their jobs, a mother who had stopped talking to her kids. “At first I thought they were just joking,” he says, “but I realize they really hurt themselves.” Nguyen – who says he botched tests in high school because he was playing too much Counter-Strike – genuinely took them to heart.”
— The Flight of the Birdman: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Speaks Out | Culture | Rolling Stone (via iamdanw)
1:47 pm • 13 March 2014 • 1 note
“So if there was one overarching theme to “True Detective,” I would say it was that as human beings, we are nothing but the stories we live and die by — so you’d better be careful what stories you tell yourself.”
— Nic Pizzolatto
#my number one thesis
4:42 am • 10 March 2014 • 109 notes
“I feel like it is legitimate to express concern about overuse of devices or social media and how it may alienate some, and I have just chosen to approach the subject from a different angle. The best possible scenario is for everyone, regardless of their varying optimism on the issue, to acknowledge that the new normal involves the pressures and benefits of multiple devices and an unprecedented amount of information flowing through us. There is nothing reactionary in acknowledging that this can be problematic, and it is our role as artists to offer insights as to how best to navigate this predicament. The only people I fundamentally disagree with are those who stubbornly ignore such issues altogether, dip out, and pretend like it’s 1989 or something. I guess the principal thing I stand for is educating oneself about the potentials and pitfalls of contemporary technology such that you can use it for positive ends. Debate around these issues is a crucial part of that.”
— Web Exclusive: Interview with Holly Herndon - The Indy (via new-aesthetic)
12:45 pm • 8 March 2014 • 101 notes
#do what you love
Pointing out something that I noticed because these two posts happened to come up next to each other on my dash—
It’s really interesting to me the way that our assumptions about certain things highlight the differences between our era and the early 19th century. The posts that I linked have to do with the question of what those Amis who are students would have been studying. As tenlittlebullets points out in the first one, in fact it’s very unlikely that any would have been students in an area other than law or medicine. Prouvaire, as the son of a wealthy family, would almost certainly not study music (which I believe at this point— correct me if I’m wrong— was still most often a career passed down in families, and not wholly transitioned from industry to Art).
I point this out not to fact-check people, but to focus on a bigger and more interesting divergence of culture: people in the early 19th century simply did not think about choice, education, and careers in the same way that we do. In our time, it’s a very common idea that people choose their education based on their own personal interests. If you like art, you study art. If you like music, you study music. If you like literature— and so on. This may or may not be related to your eventual career— probably moreso in the sciences. And while we recognize that some people choose their careers based on expectations (from parents who want a doctor or lawyer for a child, or because of a need to take over the family business) this is not the dominant narrative— and is most often depicted in media as oppressive to the individual.
6:20 pm • 7 March 2014 • 72 notes
“So much of the way the present world is managed is through – not even systems – its organizations, which are boring. They don’t have any stories to tell. Economics, for example, which is central to our life at the moment … I just drift off when people talk about collateralised debt obligations, and I am not alone. It’s impossible to illustrate on television, it’s impossible to tell a story about it, because basically it’s just someone doing keystrokes somewhere in Canary Wharf in relation to a server in … I dunno … Denver, and something happens, and that’s it. I use the phrase, ‘They are unstoryfiable’.”
Everything is boring. We are animals that crave narrative in a complex world without any that can be clear to any individual.
This quote reminds me of the following:
1. The conspiracy theory documentary that Kirby Ferguson is working on.
2. Magnolia, by Paul Thomas Anderson.
#paul thomas anderson
7:40 pm • 6 March 2014
“No one is arguing that enjoyable work should be less so. But emotionally satisfying work is still work, and acknowledging it as such doesn’t undermine it in any way. Refusing to acknowledge it, on the other hand, opens the door to the most vicious exploitation and harms all workers.”
#do what you love
By keeping us focused on ourselves and our individual happiness, DWYL distracts us from the working conditions of others while validating our own choices and relieving us from obligations to all who labor, whether or not they love it. It is the secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment. According to this way of thinking, labor is not something one does for compensation, but an act of self-love. If profit doesn’t happen to follow, it is because the worker’s passion and determination were insufficient. Its real achievement is making workers believe their labor serves the self and not the marketplace.
6:20 pm • 6 March 2014