Hack A Bird, Save A Landfill: Reclaiming the Commons from Silicon Valley

by Daniel Uncapher Cover image (The Atlantic/Getty): “Because of overcapacity at launch, over 10,000 bike-share service bicycles were abandoned at a bicycle graveyard on January 13, 2018 in Xiamen, Fujian, China.” All other photos by author, unless otherwise noted.   Revelations in Personal Mobility at the Santa Monica Pier I came to California in November…

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Black Metal For The Oppressed

“Antifascist metal is the most dangerous kind there is, because it holds the revolutionary potential to enact actual change, to challenge oppressive structures and systems of power, and to provide marginalized people with the support and space they need to become more involved with a scene that desperately needs their perspectives.”

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

by Michael Malloy
Part VI: Finding Our Phones Again

When we talk about the future today, we envision the valleys and peaks of the modern world in sharp relief. Our flirtation with inadvertent self-extinction through climate collapse brings to some despair, to others a perverse and nihilistic joy. Still others reject in principle that the danger is real.

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Cathedral Full of Mirrors

by Tyler Walicek
This article appears in our first print issue, Pattern Machines.

I have been swept up in many addictions over the course of my life, as we all have in one way or another. Yet few have been as insidious and bewildering as my entanglement in the compulsive loops that drive the modern Internet.

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

Part V: Keeping the Lights On
by Michael Malloy

I’m getting tired of using the word “technology” in this series. It feels so vaguely retrospective, like I’m referring to some historical phenomenon, and not, for instance, the laptop I’m writing on right now.

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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.

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

by Melanie Buer

Nascent climate activism movement Extinction Rebellion has come under fire recently as videos continue to surface of the group cheering and clapping as their fellow demonstrators are led away in handcuffs. Hundreds of protestors have been arrested in the last few months as the group continues to stage disruptions across the UK and US.

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The Hypersurveillance Crusades

by Daniel Uncapher

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.

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