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this should be a good one

our beautiful and ridiculous plans

12:00 / 13 September 2018
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—not having the internet at home is becoming less enjoyable and more of a burden, for when I want to do things like “apply to jobs” and “post to blog” or “research something while working but not wanting to deal with a mobile interface”—

Have increasingly been thinking about the juxtaposition of living in today’s media-heavy, content-focused world: the dissolution of language creates a field of anarchy within the concept of contemporary art1 but also disrupts the social connection between art and broader meaning2. Artists—or those who would be called such in today’s late-capitalism version of Pop Art—and their supporters can say Haters gonna hate in the face of any critique and be applauded for their independence

(not that I am one to be in favor of critics or their field, yet the relationship of the critique of art versus its application is a form of social balance and has also just turned into another form of clickbait)

It’s not like this really matters in a day-to-day, practical-application kind of way. But art and the culture which surrounds it often influences the world in surprising ways, and if the world of creativity is wrapped up in defining itself against the pressures of the constant consumer economy then what hope do we have with politics?

  • Which I am for
  • Which I am against

Socio-existential Balance

09:00 / 12 September 2018
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the internet at the space i live got cut off which has been both a blessing & a curse. while ‘stare at the internet, doing nothing’ time has drastically decreased, so has time for staring at a blank screen with the best of intentions. maybe it’s a win-win, who knows.

nevertheless i will try to work around this as i continue to bring the site to a more complete state. otherwise i can be followed on instagram @aglowinthestatic in preparation for my next show.

(offline)

16:20 / 2 September 2018
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There are many ideas regarding the purpose of government. As we’re all stuck on this planet together, I try to view the state as an opportunity for help. The many helping the individual: putting out fires, assisting in accidents, assuring that basic needs—food, shelter, water—are fulfilled.

This is why I’m so torn regarding LeBron James’ foray into education. He has done, with individual resources accumulated in a relatively short time-span, what entire political districts could not in creating this public school of opportunity. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful school by all accounts; I just believe the action itself is reminiscent of a benevolent King.

In this day and age, if our government cannot provide water—if our celebrity basketball players are funding education—we are ruined. And yes, certainly in certain arenas where the system of capital is spinning the fastest, social resources exist. Yet not outside of them. From Forbes:

Like most of my neighbors I have a good job in the private sector. Ask my neighbors about the cost of the welfare programs they enjoy and you will be greeted by baffled stares. All that we have is “earned” and we perceive no need for government support. Nevertheless, taxpayers fund our retirement saving, health insurance, primary, secondary, and advanced education, daycare, commuter costs, and even our mortgages at a staggering public cost. Socialism for white people is all-enveloping, benevolent, invisible, and insulated by the nasty, deceptive notion that we have earned our benefits by our own hand.

It should not fall to men like James to build schools. LeBron did everything right: it’s a public school, it has ample resources that kids and teachers actually need, and it’s in an area that needs just that. Yet the fact our government—the one that affords him such luxury for playing a game—sees teachers nationwide striking in the streets and the people seem OK with that … there are no words for this sort of grotesque selfishness.

There’s a Jay-Z lyric that goes, “And I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them / so I got rich and gave back / to me that’s the win-win.” This is such a depressing concept because the idea of helping the poor is exactly what a massive, rich state would be perfect for. Yet the predominantly white middle class believes what little they have is truly earned, and that the American government is better off intact as is than potentially something radical and new.

We know who the cowards are, here.

Endgame

09:30 / 31 August 2018
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An open field outside Seattle

While I’m not sure of how blockchain will assist in abolishing private property, this sentiment sure has me worried:

Weyl maintains that the “one person, one vote” setup results in a tyranny of the majority; instead, he envisions an electoral system where each voter is allotted a certain number of “voting credits” they can dispose of however they like.

The shortcomings of capitalism are so apparent even science is saying this shit is over. Yet to believe that technology holds the key to society is shortsighted.1

I also wonder if the ‘socialism’ that is Sanders-inspired will honestly translate to any attempt to remove the cancerous notions of capital from our sociopolitical operations, or if it will be an ugly re-imagining of the potential for state power.

  • At some point it will be up to humankind to balance itself out, to allow for the potential of but equally punish evil without bias. Power will have to be decentralized and communication utilized as a structural tool at all levels of organization. Yet our current top-down methods of giving a shit will not go quietly in to the dark.

Impending Doom

09:00 / 30 August 2018
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I arrived in Amsterdam on April 13 and by the 15th I knew something had to change. It was the NBA playoffs, which meant I was getting semi-frequent text messages during any particularly exciting game. These came between the hours of midnight and eight in the morning for me, which was not a particularly convenient time to have a phone continue to vibrate.

So I turned everything off. My phone was already set to only vibrate with any sort of notification, but I decided to take it a step further. No more alerts, ever.1

It was refreshing and wonderful, my overall usage dropped significantly and it’s about the closest I’d felt to having a land line and an answering machine since, well, I did that for a year back in 2012.2 Since returning to Pacific Standard Time, I still haven’t switched my phone back to any sort of normal, and I can’t imagine why I would.3

  • Seems this is a growing trend and I highly recommend getting on board
  • This was also wonderful and if I ever live in an apartment again I will just throw away cell phones forever.
  • There’s something to be said for the question this introduces into society though: with a new piece of technology that intervenes in communication, how does the social contract get written? Will we all just be shifting through various notions of ‘Responsibility to Reply’ for a generation before what is ‘proper’ becomes the status quo? Or will certain sects of culture require different standards of communication?

push management

11:15 / 29 August 2018
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