Goddammit.7 hours ago
"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation." - Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle, Chapter 1.11 hours ago
Found a video of that time Elvis played my living room in Glasgow.11 hours ago
'This Land is Mine'
Animated history of Palestine.5 days ago
CARDIFF PEOPLE - I am ferrying myself into town next Saturday for this zine fair where I will be selling comics, prints, t-shirts and bowls of fruit/veg at prices that cannot be beat! Come and spill some beer on my precious items!6 days ago
The glorious story of evolution: you are the apex of a 3.6 billion year unbroken chain of non-virgins.
Print: http://etsy.me/1qDrd7n1 week ago
If you like football you’ll love dying in a war.
Army - Be The Meat
Life imitating clickhole.com2 weeks ago
I’ve officially moved back to south London2 weeks ago
One aspect that I think has been missed in the debate over Facebook experimenting with manipulating user’s emotions:
"The most common advertising technique is to exploit psychological insecurities. One function of the media is to deliver psychologically insecure audiences to advertisers." - (Anxiety Culture.)
In this way Facebook is simply carrying on the torch from traditional media. It is consolidating and improving on the ways in which it tailors the vulnerabilities of its audience to advertisers needs.
Social media is a form of social competition, fertile ground for advertisers to reap new customers. Uploading photographs of everything from new clothes and cars to holidays and nights out, users are locked into an arms race of conspicuous consumption, broadcast globally against everyone they ever knew.
As with traditional media, when we try and live up to the artificial lifestyles presented in ads, appearing to have a good time becomes more important than actually having a good time, or even being happy. Representation has become reality - pics or it didn’t happen.
I’ve seen articles talking about how Facebook users are more insecure like it’s an unintended side-effect rather than the actual business model. This corporation, like every commercial media company before it, knows full well that a fearful and insecure audience buys more shit.
Despite the many benefits we gain from these services, getting you to click on adverts is the essential purpose of any social network, every other feature is just bait for the trap.2 weeks ago