February 2011 Archives

The text & the terror

According to this article, a "black widow" suicide bomber planning a terrorist attack in central Moscow on New Year's Eve was killed when an unexpected text message set off her bomb too early.

"Security sources believe a message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her at a safe house."

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February 18, 2011 | 08:47 PM | Permalink
The photography of Michael Donovan

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February 18, 2011 | 08:38 PM | Permalink
Juxtapoz visits Winston Smith's studio

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February 17, 2011 | 09:51 PM | Permalink
The collages of Thierry Tillier

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February 16, 2011 | 10:47 PM | Permalink
The Last Viridian Note

This is an old piece of writing by internet standards, that gets fresher by the day:

"I know that, by the cultural standards of the 20th century, my newfangled glocal lifestyle ought to bother me. I ought to feel deracinated, and I should suffer from culture shock, and I should stoically endure the mournful silence and exile of a writer torn from the kindly matrix of his national culture. A traditional story.

However, I've been at this life for years now; I really tried; the traditional regret is just not happening. Clearly the existence of the net has obliterated many former operational difficulties.

Furthermore, my sensibility no longer operates in that 20th-century framework. That's become an archaic way to feel, and I just can't get there from here....

Another major change came through my consumption habits. It pains me to see certain people still trying to live in hairshirt-green fashion purportedly mindful, and thrifty and modest. I used to tolerate this eccentricity, but now that panicked bankers and venture capitalists are also trying to cling like leeches to every last shred of their wealth, I can finally see it as actively pernicious.

Hairshirt-green is the simple-minded inverse of 20th-century consumerism. Like the New Age mystic echo of Judaeo-Christianity, hairshirt-green simply changes the polarity of the dominant culture, without truly challenging it in any effective way. It doesn't do or say anything conceptually novel nor is it practical, or a working path to a better life."

(Bruce Sterling)

February 16, 2011 | 09:19 PM | Permalink
Lady Gaga x Supreme

Shot by Terry Richardson in the latest issue of Purple magazine, Lady Gaga x Supreme.

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February 08, 2011 | 11:52 PM | Permalink
20 reasons why it's kicking off everywhere

Take the time to read this: 20 reasons why it's kicking off everywhere.

"1. At the heart of it all is a new sociological type: the graduate with no future...

6. Horizontalism has become endemic because technology makes it easy: it kills vertical hierarchies spontaneously, whereas before - and the quintessential experience of the 20th century - was the killing of dissent within movements, the channeling of movements and their bureaucratisaton...

11. To amplify: I can't find the quote but one of the historians of the French Revolution of 1789 wrote that it was not the product of poor people but of poor lawyers. You can have political/economic setups that disappoint the poor for generations - but if lawyers, teachers and doctors are sitting in their garrets freezing and starving you get revolution. Now, in their garrets, they have a laptop and broadband connection...

17. It is - with international pressure and some powerful NGOs - possible to bring down a repressive government without having to spend years in the jungle as a guerilla, or years in the urban underground: instead the oppositional youth - both in the west in repressive regimes like Tunisia/Egypt, and above all in China - live in a virtual undergrowth online and through digital comms networks. The internet is not key here - it is for example the things people swap by text message, the music they swap with each other etc: the hidden meanings in graffiti, street art etc which those in authority fail to spot...

d) what happens to this new, fluffy global zeitgeist when it runs up against the old-style hierarchical dictatorship in a death match, where the latter has about 300 Abrams tanks? We may be about to find out."

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February 06, 2011 | 12:24 AM | Permalink