The ‘Enshittification’ of TikTok
This is enshittification: Surpluses are first directed to users; then, once they're locked in, surpluses go to suppliers; then once they're locked in, the surplus is handed to shareholders and the platform becomes a useless pile of shit. From mobile app stores to Steam, from Facebook to Twitter, this is the enshittification lifecycle.
July 3, 2023 8:19 pm
The Artist's Responsibility - Brad Troemel
Satire on this very tedious discourse
June 22, 2023 5:18 am
TV’s Streaming Model Is Broken. It’s Also Not Going Away.
"It’s absolutely conceivable that the streaming subscription model is the crypto of the entertainment business."
June 11, 2023 8:39 pm
I just bought the only physical encyclopedia still in print, and I regret nothing
On the beauty of a printed book unsullied by an internet steadily filling with garbage
June 11, 2023 4:54 am
The Ren & Stimpy Show Soundtrack
371-track Spotify playlist collecting all the incidental/library music (mostly from the '50s) used in the animated cartoon.
May 23, 2023 1:11 am
The IP Era's Venture Capital Philosophy Has Poisoned Movies
"We’ve had slop shoveled onto our pop culture prison cafeteria trays for decades, and the prison-industrial multiplex expects us to give our compliments to the chef for another meal of empty-calorie Easter eggs."
May 10, 2023 6:43 pm
McDonald's hamburger recipes
Should you want to, here's how to make your own Mickey Deez at home
April 27, 2023 2:47 am
Subway: What the Hell Is That Smell?
A half-comical examination into the absolute foul "surely that can't be bread" smell that emanates from all Subways worldwide
April 27, 2023 2:46 am
The Gist: "My superpower is not knowing"
A simple explainer of April 2023's Blue Check Apocalypse, @dril vs the dumbest billionaire ever, and the Irish connection
April 27, 2023 2:42 am
Revisiting Scratch Video
For a very short while, if you had a coupla VHS players and a Video Toaster (kids, ask yr arty uncle/aunt) you could create art chaos
April 6, 2023 4:05 am
AI and the American Smile. How AI misrepresents culture through a facial expression
A fascinating article about the assumed universality of American concepts like "smiling", "emotion", and where feelings exist, as experienced through AI models. (As someone dealing with AI's inability to render a British accent, this is of interest, and reveals AI as yet another imperial project.)
March 29, 2023 5:10 pm
Twin Peaks Tarot – An interview with the Creator of the Magician Longs to See Tarot Deck
Benjamin Mackey talks about his excellent Twin Peaks tarot deck, of which I own a copy
March 21, 2023 9:11 pm
The Devil’s Milkshake | Tarence Ray
On the bullshit public spectacle of politicians drinking polluted water to show it's safe.
February 25, 2023 1:07 am
Top 10 Plants for Minimum Effort and Maximum Impact
Researching "what's like letting your garden go to seed, but instead of weeds it's actually pretty?"
February 12, 2023 2:16 pm
Right Woos Left | Political Research Associates
When I was a young'un I used to listen to a lot of late night left politics on KPFA. That's how I discovered Noam Chomsky. But it turned out a lot of the more out-there guys were actually rightwing loonies, but insinuating themselves into the left because they spoke out against the Gulf War. A good dive into this pre-Internet moment.
January 26, 2023 12:15 am
What’s Really Behind Those AI Art Images?
Charlie Warzel looks behind the curtain of AI art apps like DALL-E and finds, well, a lot of copyright infringement
September 10, 2022 2:57 am
I Spent the Day in a Giant BrewDog and Saw the Depressing Future of Pubs
Everything in the UK is pretty shitty right now, so there is no reason this won't come to pass
September 10, 2022 2:51 am
The Impotent Decoration: An Interview with P. Adams Sitney
Currently reading Visionary Film, an essential text on 20th century experimental film, and I began to wonder who author P. Adams Sitney is/was. This 2015 interview with him at the end of his tenure (and tether) is a wonderful, bridge-burning farewell to academia.
September 10, 2022 2:50 am
Elaine May's The Heartbreak Kid Has Never Looked Better
Interview with Gus Lanzetta who used AI to upscale a beloved film currently unavailable to watch officially. A celebration of bootlegging.
September 6, 2022 7:48 pm
Unmasking Adrienne Fidelin: Picasso, Man Ray, and the (In)Visibility of Racial Difference | Modernism / Modernity Print+
Adrienne Fidelin was as much a muse of the modernists as Lee Miller or Kiki de Montparnasse. Why was she erased from history? (Take a guess)
August 24, 2022 4:52 pm