Monthly Archives: June 2012

Youth and constant, obligatory deferral :: not a “poem” I guess

I woke up wanting to write something about some ideas that kind of just fell out my head. I think it’s probably prompted by a friend’s situation in the Unites States, in which a smart, impressively articulate (and white! booooonus!) 20-something … Continue reading

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The best thing in gaming right now

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Analysing some reactions to the McDonalds’s burger video

A quick look at some of the reactions to the McDonalds video. First, my hermano Kirk Hamilton posted about it at Kotaku and started an open-thread discussion about it. Some of the comments are telling:  I’m a bit surprised that anybody … Continue reading

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Bury Me Slowly

Give it a chance – it’s a grower.

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Quote from Mark Fisher’s “Capitalist Realism”

What must be discovered is a way out of the motivation/demotivation binary, so that disidentification from the control program registers as something other than dejected apathy. (p.30) In other words: something like a third way in which to protest, resist, or … Continue reading

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Shame, Shame and Disgust

The Afghan Rights Monitor has stated that 2010 has been the most violent of the past nine years of war in that country. By mid-July 2010 more than one thousand civilians had already been killed under the banner of ‘collateral … Continue reading

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For such a close neighbour I know so little about Papua New Guinea

I know so little about Papua New Guinea, and yet it’s basically our closest territorial neighbour. Mind you, it’s about a million miles from anywhere heavily inhabited on mainland Australia, so that makes a difference. New Zealand is a four … Continue reading

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Bill Gates’ Capitalist Realism

As Oliver, aka Voorface on twitter, pointed out about my previous post, the McDonald’s marketing video is an excellent example of what Mark Fisher described way back in 2009 as ‘Capitalist Realism‘: “…we are inevitably reminded of the phrase attribtued … Continue reading

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Modern camouflage

In the following video, McDonald’s Marketing Director Hope Bagozzi answers a question asked (I think) via Facebook: “Why does your food look different in the advertising than what is in the store?” To answer the question (and this is the brilliant … Continue reading

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Updating a classical piece: Satie and Scratch22

I have a pretty good ear for music and particularly similarity across songs, etc. Which is almost certainly why I enjoy mashups, and why I got interested in making them a few years back (I mashed up the entire Gorillaz ‘Demon … Continue reading

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