DNR FALL 2021

Posted by <Margo Bergamini>, <Abbey Pusz> on 2021-10-08

DNR FALL 2021 is a transcript of a talk given by co-directors Abbey Pusz and Margo Bergamini. It outlines the goals of DNR and introduces the fall update to the blog.

MILK WARS

Posted by <Holly O> on 2021-09-15

Holly Cow ruminates on the milk wars, casting light on the recent surge in popularity of alternative medicine and diet among the extremely-online

Milking It

Posted by <Noah Allaire> on 2021-09-15

Plant-Based Milk, Commodity Fetishism, and the System of Objects

DJ UMBERTO ECCO 2K MANIFESTO

Posted by <DJ UMBERTO ECCO 2K> on 2021-09-15

A MANIFESTO FOR HOW DRAIN GANG & GNOSTIC GOSPELS ARE A PERFECT FIT FOR THE FLATTENED UBIQUITY OF INTERNET-AS-EVERYTHING-ALL-AT-ONCE.

My Political Journey: Margo

Posted by <Margo Bergamini> on 2021-09-15

DNR co-director Margo recounts her political journey. My Political Journey is a written continuation of Joshua Citarella's podcast series.

The Memeing of Mark Fisher

Posted by <Academic Fraud> on 2021-09-15

Following the September 11th publication of the Memeing of Mark Fisher, Admin F supplies a short essay on the topic.

/lit/

Posted by <Devin Thomas O'Shea> on 2021-09-15

In the lead-up to graduate school in 2016, /lit/ was a way of eavesdropping on pseudo-academic conversations which didn’t end up helping me much while studying. But, I got to know the board, and ever since I’ve wanted to write something about it—especially if this piece can thread the needle of not condoning bigotry while creating a sympathetic account of why this niche exists.

Sketchbook: Abbey Pusz

Posted by <Abbey Pusz> on 2021-09-15

Sketchbook is a series of eight vertical video art pieces. These works explore the often contradictory spiritual desires of today, while foregrounding the radical political demands for a postcapitalist or post-work future.

Auto Experiment: Hyper Masculinity

Posted by <Joshua Citarella> on 2021-09-15

This summer Joshua Citarella tried every internet folklore male improvement technique.

Zero-Sum Self-Help

Posted by <Erik Simkins> on 2021-09-15

Thanks OP, you have been a real life-changing portal of motivation.

The Parasocial Spiral

Posted by <Jak Ritger> on 2021-09-15

In this report, Jak Ritger present three visualizations of how narrative, data and capital flow through digital information systems and offer strategies to subvert, detour or catalyze multi-directional liberation.

Can't Delete Later

Posted by <Alfred Muszynsk> on 2021-09-15

A series of paintings that think through devirtualization.

Public-Private Partnerships for Mediate-Immediate Experiences

Posted by <Nate Sloan> on 2021-09-15

What happens when the very diagnoses of new methods of subjection become the ideal in architecture? Nate Sloan walks us through the mental gymnastics of public space being packaged and sold with the private, and the Hudson Yard's ultimate destination as a Instagram tourist trap.

Wanderer Above the Burning Yards

Posted by <Dank Lloyd Wright> on 2021-09-15

Hudson Yards is the behemoth it is today because it exploited economic fears, Olympics false hope, and money-betting-on-money speculative finance. DLW reflects on how capitalist realism impacts the architecture community.

NEWS/ACC

Posted by <News/Acc> on 2021-09-15

This project is an attempt to speed run through the front pages of the newspaper while also seeding context, background and counterpoints. More often, however, it is a space to scoff at the parallel universe inhabited by corporate media journalists.

Archive at the End of History

Posted by <Grace Menninger> on 2021-09-15

Archive virus, or a phantom speaks. Even ten or fifty years later, culture war ephemera maintains its radioactive cognitohazard feeling.

The Creative Spirit and the Horizon of the Possible

Posted by <Ryan Seffinger> on 2021-09-15

Community member Ryan Seffinger gives us a peek into San Francisco's DSA scene, complete with its burn out and creative perimeters.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg is Dead

Posted by <Abbey Pusz> on 2021-09-15

A short poem, published in anticipation of the one year anniversary of RBG's passing.

Edeologies: Taoist Anarchism

Posted by <Logan Marrow> on 2021-09-15

A deep dive into the niche political community of Taoist Anarchism.

My Political Journey: Catboy Deleuze

Posted by <Catboy Deleuze> on 2021-09-15

Catboy Deleuze recounts their political journey. My Political Journey is a written continuation of Joshua Citarella's podcast series.

Hyberborean Mashup

Posted by <Crude Futures> on 2021-09-15

An analysis of the aesthetics of the far-right that emerged after the alt right moment.

Astro Millenial NEET Boredom Coloring Book for Adults

Posted by <Nick Vyssotsky> on 2021-09-15

Astro Millennial NEET Coloring Book for Adults celebrates the domestic and self-care practices of the terminally-online.

Long Meme

Posted by <Societyiftextwall> on 2021-09-15

Societyiftextwall supplies us with some greenpilled postpromethean antiantiutopian propaganda.

Gamer Keyboard Wall Piece #1

Posted by <Sjef van Beers> on 2021-09-15

In Gamer Keyboard Wall Piece #1 the RGB lit keys of four gamer keyboards have become the pixels of a video installation displaying a text addressing loneliness, anxiety and more downsides of NEET life, amongst other topics.

Jon Has No Chill

Posted by <Devin Thomas O'Shea> on 2021-09-15

Our narrator is the only faithful viewer of a middle-aged youtuber he finds at once pathetic and enviable.

Excellent Information: Episodes 4 & 5

Posted by <Carmelo Pampillonio> on 2021-09-15

Episodes 4 & 5 of Carmelo Pampillonio's Excellent Information, covering deep space communication and the meaning of the pyramids

Taking Stock: A Scale Model of a City

Posted by <Dylan Serventi> on 2021-09-15

A large city is established like many others due to its proximity to water. It expanded in three directions, up, out and down. Systems and networks like those for water, were established and bedded into the ground. This video follows a few of the people who live there; all use and take part in these systems.


Commute

Posted by <Logan Bruni> on 2021-09-15

"Commute" is an exploration of the digital layers augmenting the daily commute to an alienating job. The screens of the phone as well as the parasocial podcast audio are always present, leaving a residue of ideas and takes to be regurgitated later.


Office Luck and Bounty

Posted by <Jane Balfus> on 2021-09-15

Office Luck and Bounty looks through the eyes of an ordinary worker and lapses into her habit of historicizing splintered moments, treating them as precious gifts, whether they are repulsive or loveable, plain or extraordinary

People, Grass Clippings, Even Manure

Posted by <Any Angel> on 2021-09-15

“People, Grass Clippings, Even Manure” (13:30, 2021) is an illustrated video transcript of a conversation between the artist and an instance of GPT3 primed with ‘Into the Universe of Technical Images,’ an essay by the late media theorist Vilem Flusser.

Excerpt from Mannheim

Posted by <Gregory Nachmanovitch> on 2021-09-15

Mannheim is a monologue.

Wake Up Babe, New Content by Instagram User @poorspigga Just Dropped

Posted by <Poorspigga> on 2021-09-15

POV: you're a man and poorspigga's staring out the meme and somewhere past where you're sitting

Moderators, Murder, Memes

Posted by <Anonymous> on 2021-09-15

An anonymous internet user comes to terms with the mundane ubiquity of death and terror online. This is not unique.

URL to IRL: Where Does the Funnel End?

Posted by <Ian Campbell> on 2021-09-15

Online radicals find themselves so deeply entrenched in new, often self-constructed, sets of esoteric beliefs that it is hard to imagine a way out.

Say No

Posted by <Ross Simonini> on 2021-09-15

"Say No" is the first single off of Standards volume 2, an EP by the musician, artist, and writer, Ross Simonini.

Craft/Acc

Posted by <Harris Rosenblum> on 2021-09-15

The state of craft is in crisis...we should adopt an accelerationist attitude about craft's future.

Big Game for Someone with Such a Small Truck: Media Conglomerates Vs. Everybody

Posted by <Eamon Levesque> on 2021-09-15

Most corporate mottos land somewhere between laughable and unsettling... An exception. The late media mogul Sumner Redstone coined the phrase “Content is King” to describe his business philosophy. He nailed that shit.

24 Hour Bed PC Live Stream

Posted by <Flip Kostic> on 2021-08-15

Neoliberalism's Toughest Battles < Strongest Soldier Flip Kostic

Memetic Tactics: The Slow Red Pill

Posted by <Joshua Citarella> on 2021-07-14

Once you’ve been red-pilled, you want other people to take the red-pill, too.

Invisible Hand

Posted by <Grace Menninger> on 2021-07-05

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Do Not Research: Lindy

Posted by <Holly O>, <Margo Bergamini>, <Joshua Citarella>, <David Y> on 2021-06-21

DNR community researchers Davidy, Holly & Margo join Joshua Citarella to discuss the "Lindy Effect" and why you should eat 36 raw eggs a day.

La La La La (Inside An Empty Room My Inspiration Flows)

Posted by <Nick Vyssotsky> on 2021-06-21

'La La La La (Inside An Empty Room My Inspiration Flows)' feels a bit like an indoctrination video that could have be used by MKultra or in the Ludovico Treatment, portraying a vision of the world defined by humanity's proximity to conflict, technology and precarity.

America's Uncanny Valley

Posted by <Bella K> on 2021-06-21

Uncertain. Familiar. Eerie. To exist in the immediate American era is to exist in the uncanny valley. But maybe taking a closer look can awaken our weakened political imaginations.

Leaving Babylon

Posted by <Logan Marrow> on 2021-06-21

"Leaving Babylon" contextualizes the influx of Rastafarian imagery in leftist politigram memes, and finds the kernel of a politicized spirituality beneath the irony.

Time Queerly Tangled (pt 2)

Posted by <Jady> on 2021-06-21

In Part 2, Jady finds a name and returns to online discourse, finding it changed as much as she did.

"Compassion compels fierceness. In the face of exploitation, it's not compassionate to say, 'let's understand where the bosses are coming from.'"

Time Queerly Tangled (pt 1)

Posted by <Jady> on 2021-06-21

In Part 1 of Jady's "Time Queerly Tangled," she recounts the formation of her gender and her politics, and describe how both were open to change over time.

"The Genderbread Person and its consequences have been a disaster for queer people."

Hacktivism 2.0

Posted by <Ryan Maleady> on 2021-06-21

Excerpt from Ryan Maleady's Flounder, 2021.

Doomer - The Game

Posted by <Dimitri Karakostas> on 2021-06-21

Doomer, a time capsule of the late-2020's memescape.

BEYOND BASED AND CRINGE

Posted by <Nate Sloan> on 2021-06-21

Do not kill the part of you that is cringe...

... kill the part that cringes.

Plotting Attention Bubbles

Posted by <Anthony Simons>, <Jak Ritger> on 2021-06-21

DNR Contributors Tony and Jak dive into the phenomena of pastel infographics on instagram.

The Tradition of Posting

Posted by <Nate Sloan> on 2021-04-19

While irony-poisoned reaction has been a cornerstone of internet discourse for decades, this new type of reactionary twitter account eschews irony in favor of a sincere embrace of “tradition.” Nate Sloan explores what this "tradition" means in the context of art and the history of architecture.

The Feeding

Posted by <Noah Allaire> on 2021-04-19

Among the many metabolic metaphors for digital health, exposure to digital content is consumption stands out as a fundamental way of understanding what bodies do online; we consume.

Reclaim the Network

Posted by <Noelle> on 2021-04-19

Further investigation into what "dark forest" internet spaces and e-deologies offer us.

Sailing through Sewage

Posted by <News/Acc> on 2021-04-19

DNR Contributor C takes us sailing through the shit that is 24/7 free to air news channels, using Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky as his guide.

Loli No Knock

Posted by <David Noel> on 2021-04-19

Understanding No-Knock Raids, 2021, single channel video, runtime: 51 seconds

Cultural Work is Not the Problem

Posted by <Max Lopez> on 2021-04-19

Contrary to the reductive formulation suggesting that left politics must either be class-first or identity-first, Fisher’s manifesto against the authoritarian moralism of the “Vampire’s Castle” is entirely compatible with a class analysis that recognizes class as being segmented by other interwoven hierarchies. The enemy of mass based leftist movement must be correctly identified as essentialism rather than difference.

The MLM Project Log 4

Posted by <Allyn Ueland> on 2021-04-19

Continued exploration into how MLMs are employed, this time with personal anecdotes and a particular focus in on the company Zeekler.

48.5514° N, 123.0781° W (2021)

Posted by <Erik Simkins> on 2021-04-19

Through lyrical anecdotes that are woven with big-picture news, Erik Simkins seeks to share a vision of leftist principles that avoids its usual pitfalls.

The Macarena [Dance Tutorial]

Posted by <Abbey Pusz> on 2021-04-19

The Macarena [Dance Tutorial], 2020, single channel video, runtime: 5:16 minutes.

Quarantv: A Brief and Accidental Window to Utopia

Posted by <Thomas Faison> on 2021-04-13

For many people, work is their meaning for living, and in some ways that’s admirable. But we should ask, is it literally the relationship of selling one’s labor? Or is it all the other things that come with work: clear tasks, structure, community, and a mission greater than yourself? If it’s the latter, are those things inextricably tied to the profit-driven workplace? Or could they be found or created another way? Audio is available for this blog entry.

Adapted Essay

Posted by <Erik Simkins> on 2021-04-12

Pressures of isolation and unemployment bring new meaning to work, particularly the production of art. Audio is available for this blog entry.

Rate Your Shelf

Posted by <Margo Bergamini> on 2021-04-05

What happens when the posture of the auto-didact reinforces a radical stance — when you read a book to better wage culture war?

Cults and Trauma

Posted by <Kara> on 2021-04-05

Words like "triggered" and "cope" have taken on a life of their own online; but where do these things find their origins? A brief analysis that brings us through cults, trauma, and the movement towards healing.

Hyperborea

Posted by <Holly O> on 2021-03-29

Since antiquity, the myth of Hyperborea (literally “beyond the northern wind”) has loomed large in the European imagination. The earliest references to the idyllic land appear with the Ancient Greeks, who believed the continent, populated by a race of giants, was the Winter home of sun god Apollo.

you can do the macarena to any song

Posted by <Abbey Pusz> on 2021-03-29

During the 2020 Atlanta BLM protest, videos began circulating of protestors and the National Guard dancing together. The Macarena resurfaces as a tactic for de-escalation. This analysis seeks to define how (possible) psy-ops enter our collective imagination.

STARSEED JUNGLIST ANTHEM

Posted by <DJ UMBERTO ECCO 2K> on 2021-03-22

JUNGLIST MASSIVE
BIG UP GENERAL KOSUL OUCH
STARSEEDS UNITE

Starseeds: Alienation

Posted by <Matt L> on 2021-03-22

An analysis on the Starseed phenomenon, a spiritual community. While Starseeds are not directly related to Qanon, Matt L compares the two as biproducts of social alienation. Audio is available for this blog entry.

Towards Crypétournement

Posted by <Jak Ritger> on 2021-03-19

What happens when you sell a meme? Dive into an ocean of levitated value and uncover the history of pictures and possible political futures for the new digital mirages we call “non-fungible-tokens.” Artist and Activist, Jak Ritger struggles to detour developments in cryptocurrency towards political agency.

The MLM Project Log 3: Zombie Capitalism

Posted by <Jak Ritger> on 2021-03-18

“Capital is an abstract parasite, an insatiable vampire and zombiemaker; but the living flesh it converts into dead labor is ours, and the zombies it makes are us.”

The MLM Project Log 2: The Project

Posted by <Jak Ritger> on 2021-03-18

Beginning an exploration into how MLMs are employed, and broadly, how MLMification impacts other parts of our lives.

The MLM Project Log 1: What is Multi-level Marketing?

Posted by <Jak Ritger> on 2021-03-18

MLMs are a crucial area of study because experiences with MLMs make concrete the theoretical critiques of capitalism, specifically the way in which capitalist structures embed regressive and extractive politics into society writ-large.

BREADTUBE GLOSSARY

Posted by <DNR Community> on 2021-03-15

An attempt to record the categories developed in chat as we navigated Breadtube. Breadtube began after the 2016 election, gaining traction around 2017 and 2018 when Contrapoints received media attention for “deradicalizing” alt-right men when the alt-right was at its peak. The video essay format has persisted as a way to share key political ideas quickly.