Meaning.

What those on the political right have missed about postmodernists (mainly because they haven’t read them) is that these writers are more often describing something than endorsing it. When Guy Debord looks at the sunless horizon of alienation left behind by the eclipse of meaning, he’s not in a deckchair drinking a cocktail. He is saying this is just how things are now, so we’d better get on with it. “The reigning economic system is a vicious circle of isolation,” he wrote in The Society of the Spectacle. “Its technologies are based on isolation, and they contribute to that same isolation. From automobiles to television, the goods that the spectacular system chooses to produce also serve it as weapons for constantly reinforcing the conditions that engender ‘lonely crowds’.” [People] identify with the lone hero not because they are heroes, but because they are alone.

Richard Cooke on depiction versus endorsment.

… ouch.

2018-06-21T14:57:37+00:0012th December, 2018|Tags: culture|

Uncommon good.

Americans, you must remember, grew up in the shadow of endless war. With two “sides” who championed atomic individualism, lionized competition and brutality, and despised weakness and fragility. And thus, America forgot — or maybe never evolved — the notion of a public interest. Each man for himself, everyone against everyone himself. So all there is left in America is extreme capitalism now. Few championed a more balanced, saner, healthier way of life, about a common good, about virtue, about a higher purpose. And in that way, America has become something like, ironically enough, a mirror image of its great enemy, the Soviet Union. It is a totalist society, run by and for one end — only a slightly different one: money.

Umair Haque on American exceptionalism.

There but for the grace of a comprehensive public liberal arts education go we…

Also, do Americans really not give up their seats on public transport? Like… really? I thought everyone did that.

2018-06-26T13:50:11+00:0010th December, 2018|Tags: culture|

Reretro.

I live in a city with quite a lot of Brutalist architecture and I passionately hate it.1 So is it, like, hypocritical or whatever that I actually really kinda like the Brutalist trend in webdesign? Or is that just a sign that I’m old and nostalgic for the heyday of Geocities aesthetic?

Probably the latter, let’s be real.

For the record, my Tumblr layout is Brutalist-inspired (monospaced fonts!). But, like. More pastel. Pastel Brutalist. Pastelist!

  1. It’s ugly! It’s alienating! Why does anyone think this sort of thing is acceptable? ^
2018-09-05T13:04:13+00:009th December, 2018|Tags: design, webdesign|

Anonymous asked:

hi! i’m interested in joining fandom-ink, but i wanted to know if your instance is or will be blocking certain other instances to protect against potential harrassment and abuse. sorry if you’ve already addressed this and i overlooked it.

Yup, the fandom.ink server-level blocklist is based off the one published by dzuk.

2018-12-11T08:20:50+00:008th December, 2018|Tags: anonymous, ask alis, fandom.ink, mastodon|

All the benefits of civilisation, none of the work.

Duty, very often, isn’t even particularly moral. Mostly it’s about doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people, most of the time.

You tell me there’s no difference between one side and the other, that it’s only a choice between the lesser of evils.

But I’m here to tell you that there is an enormous difference between those who want power only to benefit themselves and those who seek power for the betterment of us all.

There’s an enormous difference between those who labor in the trenches, working every day to make the world a better place, little by little, inch by inch, and those who want to jump ahead via magic.

There’s a huge difference between doing your duty and self gratification

Stonekettle on showing up.

2018-06-21T10:06:14+00:007th December, 2018|Tags: culture, politics|