In advance of this month’s Hacking Reality salon at the Academy of the Impossible, I figured I should finally post my MA thesis online. I think I’ve put enough distance between the document and myself to publicize with some measure of confidence, and I’m inspired by the discussions of politics and memes that I keep seeing, particularly the stuff going on over at Metahaven. Hopefully, my work can, in some small way, contribute to that conversation.
Here’s the TL;DR:
The online image and message board known as 4chan is as paradoxical as it is popular. Boasting an estimated 18 million unique monthly visitors and generating one million posts per day, the site is a locus of obscenity and bigotry, a wellspring of popular internet culture, and the birthplace of the distributed hacktivist collective known as Anonymous. In contrast to other forms of social media, no registration is required to participate on 4chan, and maintaining a persistent identity is both difficult and discouraged. Although many deride 4chan as puerile or nihilistic, I propose that a nascent form of political expression can be discerned within the site’s subculture. Specifically, I explore how participants on 4chan use carnivalesque humour and memetic communication to foster a collective identity and articulate a political orientation towards the internet—summed up by the phrase “the internet is serious business”—while remaining committed to an ethic of radical anonymity. In doing so, I recast participation on 4chan as a political act, albeit one that falls outside of a normative or rational framework.
Luke’s great and he wrote about the lulz!!!
Meow Meow I am a cat - Wendy Vanity
Saw an exhibit of Nick Cave’s (of Chicago, not Australia) wearable art at the Seattle Art Museum a couple years ago. He uses a lot of found and recycled materials, including sweaters, mirrors, bits of metal, whatever, and creates intricate and beautiful pieces of wearable art.
The young writer will be drawn at every turn toward eccentricities in language. He will hear the beat of new vocabularies, the exciting rhythms of special segments of his society, each speaking a language of its own. All of us come under the spell of these unsettling drums; the problem for the beginner is to listen to them, learn the words, feel the vibrations, and not be carried away.
“Youth invariably speaks to youth in a tongue of his own devising: he renovates the language with a wild vigor, as he would a basement apartment. By the time this paragraph sees print, ‘uptight,’ ‘ripoff,’ ‘rap,’ ‘dude,’ ‘vibes,’ ‘copout,’ and ‘funky’ will be the words of yesteryear, and we will be fielding more recent ones that have come bouncing into our speech — some of them into our dictionary as well. A new word is always up for survival. Many do survive. Others grow stale and disappear. Most are, at least in their infancy, more appropriate to conversation than to composition."
William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, The Elements of Style (3rd ed.) (via ishmaeldaro)
These niggas be whack, yo.
@dril (Weird Twitter: The Oral History)
The most profound thing I’ve ever read.
The scripture of Twitter. Thanks be to Based God