Vol. I: Pattern Machines

In our inaugural issue of original essays, fiction, poetry, and art, the Protean Collective seeks to explore how technology impacts the human condition. 

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We propose to examine how endless streams of information can lead to individualized forms of insanity and dislocation, the ways in which social media is not merely reflecting the world but remaking it in its own image; how search trends can reveal societal pathologies, and much, much more.


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PRELIMINARIES – An opening broadside.

The Resistable Rise of Pattern Machines
A manifesto, of sorts
By The Collective

PABLUM – Light discussion; easily digestible fare.

Notified Off The Wagon
The New Nexus of Addiction
By The Collective

Inadvertent Advertising in a Selfie-Stick Society
By Caris Fawcett

Oedipal Cuckplex
Data Science, Societal Pathologies, and the Garbage Heap of Culture
By The Collective

PAEANS – Poetry in the service of…

The Bygone Tree
By David Williams III

Livestreaming The Apocalypse
By Steven Monacelli

Banned From Tinder
By Catherine Chambers

PALAVER – Ruminations punctuated with analysis.

Cathedral Full of Mirrors
Capitalist Dislocation and the New Hyperobject
By Tyler Walicek

Simulacra and Self-Simulation
The Threat of Self-Simulation, the Promise of Simulacratic Rights
By Steven Monacelli

PROSAICS – Fictive flights of fancy.

Final Dispatch From the InfoWars
By Carl Harris

By Seth Garben


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