All My Friends Live In My Phone and So Do I: Part V

Keeping the Lights On by Michael Malloy “Sayin’: Ain’t I pretty, and ain’t I cute, and look at my skin, Look at my skin shine, look at my skin glow Look at my skin laugh, look at my skin cry, When you can’t even sense if they got any insides” I’m getting tired of using…

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Rideshare Drivers Recognize Shared Interest, but the Gig Economy Demands New Tactics

by Melanie Buer Thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers in multiple countries logged off their apps and went on strike on May 8th to protest Uber’s impending IPO. This unprecedented move by gig economy workers to mobilize against their employer was a noteworthy display of dogged collective organizing— with, unfortunately, underwhelming results. In the UK,…

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Extinction Rebellion’s Self-Defeating Liberal Tactics Won’t Stop Climate Change

Nascent climate activist movement Extinction Rebellion has come under fire recently as videos continue to surface online of the group cheering and clapping as their fellow demonstrators are led away in handcuffs.

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The Hypersurveillance Crusades

by Daniel Uncapher Don’t Be Scared—They Can Hear You! Police are violence workers. The license to violence, like the license to commit rape, daylight abduction, and secret surveillance, has been granted by the state in exclusive perpetuity to the police, who are expected to use these powers to bring people into the justice system. Normal…

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All My Friends Live In My Phone and So Do I Part IV: The Anxious and the Bored

Without delving into senseless techno-pessimism or generational abstractions, we have to ask what this technology is doing to us, and how it structures our lives.

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Poor Readers, Bad Mystics: Alex Honnold and the Heights of Masculinity

Depending on how you see it, Alex Honnold has two ways to die: by falling off a mountain, or falling out of the frame.

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All My Friends Live In My Phone and So Do I Part III: Two Houses

The establishment of the new role, the consumer of computers for the home, was only made possible by the proliferation of new form factors and roles for computers.

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Notified Off The Wagon

Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are already serious problems that are poised to be exacerbated by becoming horrific bedfellows with digital addictions.

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All My Friends Live In My Phone and So Do I Part II: A Genealogy of Silicon

Computers were fun once. They were fun in the way that rally cars are fun: for the people who got deeply into them, the real joy derived from learning how they worked.

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