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1 week, 6 days ago

“Developing dissident knowledges”: Geert Lovink on the Social Media Abyss


3 weeks, 3 days ago

Here an interview tactical media guru and director of the Institute of Network culture in Amsterdam Geert Lovink made with me on the addictive power of Memes. It is their crucial nature in my opinion and never it became as explicit as now. It is crucial to understand these characteristics of memes in order to develop responses to the current media environment. There is also a crucial shift in the way visual memes operate and in the very logic of communication design.


1 month, 3 weeks ago

Does Facebook Make Us Unhappy and Unhealthy?
A look at new research covering thousands of adults


1 month, 1 week ago
I call bullshit on these studies - if you go and look at the actual methodology they used, they don't have a baseline of mental health before FB use and after - so it could just as easily be argued that people turn to FB when they are, for many reasons, unable to enjoy the privilege of FTF encounter and are already suffering from social isolation or anxiety/depression. I think it displaces attention away from the systemic breakdown of community/localised relations brought about by global capital. Online social networks can act as supports for genuinely local, community based activities (which I think are key to our ongoing survival and resistance) when they are not seen as replacements for these activities.
1 month, 1 week ago
here I disagree. FB is a symptom of and tool for what you call "systemic breakdown of community/localised relations brought about by global capital." social networks do not equal social networks and FB plays a particular role. its far more detrimental than just effecting personal mental health but it is one of the main players of destroying the public sphere. I am not saying everyone using FB is not happy or is unhealthy but FB - if used as so many people use it- is far from doing much good. using FB for ongoing survival and resistance can be good but this is done by people that are savvy and disciplined in this actions, not by regular users, at least not by the ones I know.
1 month, 1 week ago
I agree that the FB is definitely not the ideal space for online networked community - but it is where people are for now. Of course, I think we are already seeing a drift away from such spaces. At the moment though there are many people who struggle to engage technically even in a relatively easy to use space such as FB (and don't get me started on Twitter) so part of the issue is technological literacy at the local community level. I would love it if more people used radically open platforms like Memefest (which is why I'm here ;) but as we know this is the dilemma. I don't have an easy answer to this. And I agree we need to keep looking for one.
1 month, 1 week ago
The thing I hate about FB is that it is like a sideways glance at a party with no need for further dialogue. You're right in that in making "contact" easy it becomes trivial - I keep thinking of Milan Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being" - that's what FB is. Real dialogue and connection is hard and takes work when we live so far from each other (even when that means only streets away). It requires commitment and that is made to seem like such hard work when really it isn't.
1 month, 1 week ago

This is a great read: Notes Toward the Memes of Production


1 month, 1 week ago

[IMG MGMT] What Relational Aesthetics Can Learn From 4Chan
1 month, 1 week ago
Yes, it's always struck me as odd that RA proponents and advocates still want legitimacy from the institutions they are trying to evade or unsettle. These are just the sorts of readings I have been looking for - thanks
1 month, 1 week ago
Also, it would be interesting to get some insight into the Momentum campaign in the recent UK election. I had a student working with a small Labor Party electorate membership group this semester, trying to help them understand how they might use social media to increase youth participation in their branch of the party. From what I can tell, it was like pushing shit uphill trying to get 'older' party members to understand how the communicative political landscape has changed.
1 month, 1 week ago

Disobedient Electronics booklet edited and hand-crafted by Garnet Hertz.


1 month, 1 week ago
This looks amazing. I've just submitted a request for a copy. So many great ideas in here.
1 month, 3 weeks ago

Here some very good research on Facebook, highly recommend!


2 months, 2 weeks ago

Facebook showed advertisers how it has the capacity to identify when teenagers feel “insecure”, “worthless” and “need a confidence boost”, according to a leaked documents based on research quietly conducted by the social network.


2 months, 3 weeks ago

This is great- Open Source seeds!


Vida commented on Franca's blogpost Occupy the Kitchen !
4 months ago

"Fantastic project Franca! I will share this with couple of people who might be interested! Cheers to..."

Vida commented on Franca's blogpost Occupy the Kitchen !
4 months ago

"Fantastic project Franca! I will share this with couple of people who might be interested! Cheers to..."

Vida commented on Franca 's festival work ZONA FRANCA
4 months ago

"Franca, this is an inspiring project, beautiful insurrection! Will go and read more on your website..."

Vida likes Franca 's blogpost
4 months ago

Occupy the Kitchen !

4 months, 3 weeks ago

The Critique of Design Thinking is a bit naive, but there is a lot in here which deserves support. Quite a few things similar to our Memefest workshop approaches. The idea that good design is potentially solving problems created by bad design is one of them. Still what's missing is an emphasis on decolonization:


5 months ago

This is really worrying if we don't find an alternative. Its interesting because the growing distrust to media was mostly visible in advertising first. Now media as such will become distrusted but with potentially severe consequences.

AI and the End of Truth
Think the current fake news issue is bad? It won’t get any better with AI.


5 months ago

Organizing for protest on Facebook will make you vulnerable as your activities are monitored and data fwd to police and other control agencies:

Inauguration-protest arrests lead to Facebook data prosecution
Move fast and break democracy.


5 months, 2 weeks ago

Is America Prepared for Meme Warfare?


5 months ago
I am here. We are not prepared as last I checked.
5 months ago

This is a must read to understand the logic of current medias "fake news" potential.

The Macedonian Teens Who Mastered Fake News


6 months, 2 weeks ago

Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition

Hyperface project involves printing patterns on to clothing or textiles that computers interpret as a face, in fightback against intrusive technology


6 months, 2 weeks ago

It is great to see how Jafri connects with other protesters and voices with his unifying message STOP RACISM NOW.


Here again the website created at this years Memefest- check it out and do consider supporting Jafri's campaign with a donation. It will truly go a long way!!


6 months, 3 weeks ago

Go Pro: The Hyper-Professionalization of the Emerging Artist






Lisa Gye








I'm an educator, activist, media maker and sometime writer who is interested in social justice, social change, critical theory and media practices.

I have joined the Memfest community becasue i am interested in

making a difference. I believe in making media that matters and I am passionate about sharing this with other people who feel the same way.


Politics and Media

Working place

Swinburne University


Oliver Vodeb, Darren Tofts, Danny Butt, Andrew Dodd, Fibreculture network, my colleagues & students

Music I like

The Avett Brothers
Neil Young
Bob Dylan
Joni Mitchell
Billy Bragg
Aretha Franklin
Cowboy Junkies
Sonic Youth
Gillian Welch
Too too many others

Books I like

Anything by Jacques Derrida
Doreen Massey For Space
Wanderlust Rebecca Solnit
Debating Derrida Niall Lucy
Memory Trade Darren Tofts
Applied Grammatology Gregory Ulmer
The Medium is the Massage Marshall McLuhan
A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
The Practice of Everyday Life Michel De Certeau
A History of Reading Alberto Manguel
Anything by Gabriel Marcia Marquez, Milan Kundera, Jorge Luis Borges, Kurt Vonnegut, Ian McEwan, Greil Marcus, Mark Amerika.
Zadie Smith On Beauty

Films I like

Django Unchained
Pulp Fiction
Once Upon a Time in the West
Whatever happened to Baby Jane
To Kill a Mockingbird
Cape Fear
Spirited Away
Once upon a time in America
Inglourious Basterds
La Dolce Vita
Wings of Desire
Cigarettes and Coffee
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
Midnight in Paris

Communication projects I like

Memefest :)
The People's Tour
The Yes Men
Soda Jerk
Engage Media
Media that Matters
Reel Lives

People I like

Too many to mention