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oliver
4 years, 7 months ago


Memefest 2016 Festival theme: PLEASURE


The pleasure of drugs:

At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

More here: http://jezebel.com/nixons-policy-advisor-admits-he-invented-war-on-drugs-t-1766359595


Memefest outlines here: http://memefest.org/en/competition/intro/

oliver
4 years, 7 months ago

Here's a good one about the new Facebook "Reactions" recently introduced to supplement the Like button.

http://thenewinquiry.com/blogs/marginal-utility/reacting-to-reactions/

oliver
4 years, 7 months ago

Will be doing a virtual Iranian cooking lesson tonight.

Here more:

THE IRANIAN VIRTUAL COOKING LESSON
Where: TEHRAN, IRAN & AROUND THE WORLD (via video call)
When: Saturday March 5, 2016 8:00pm-10:30pm Tehran time (GMT +3:30)

Join Conflict Kitchen and participants from around the world for a virtual cooking lesson and Iranian meal with Executive Chef Bahar Sarhangi, live from Tehran. You can tune in from your home kitchen to our live feed below. We will be making Khoresht-e Bademjan. You will be able to follow it live from the link bellow. If you want to cook as well see here what ingredients you need.

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oliver
4 years, 8 months ago

Here my new text in Design and Culture:

Social Innovation and Design Education: Towards a Socially Responsive Communication Design Pedagogy

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17547075.2015.1096187

oliver wrote new blogpost
4 years, 8 months ago

Expanded social documentary: strategies, techniques, and experimental forms.
Photo, video, research and storytelling master class led by Memefest curator Scott Townsend not to b...

oliver
4 years, 9 months ago

The political economy of David Bowie:

http://www.perc.org.uk/project_posts/the-political-economy-of-david-bowie/

oliver
4 years, 9 months ago

Here is a great session on institutional critique. It is focused on art, but this stuff can be very well used for non art institutions as well. Its really important stuff for a imaginative process of redirecting communication/design and art.

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oliver
4 years, 9 months ago

Sean Penn, interviews El Chapo Guzman, shortly before he gets captured again:

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/el-chapo-speaks-20160109

oliver
4 years, 10 months ago

You Can Actually Hear the Climate Changing
Bernie Krause’s vast library of field recordings reveals a sad truth: wild sounds are quickly vanishing

http://www.outsideonline.com/2035701/bernie-krause-audio-climate-change

oliver
4 years, 11 months ago

Brandalism: 600 ad takeovers in Paris before the COP21 Climate Conference

http://www.streetartnews.net/2015/11/brandalism-600-ad-takeovers-in-paris.html

oliver
5 years ago

"A few years ago, I was being shown around a large, very technologically advanced university in Asia by its proud president. As befitted so eminent a personage, he was flanked by two burly young minders in black suits and shades, who for all I knew were carrying Kalashnikovs under their jackets. Having waxed lyrical about his gleaming new business school and state-of-the-art institute for management studies, the president paused to permit me a few words of fulsome praise. I remarked instead that there seemed to be no critical studies of any kind on his campus. He looked at me bemusedly, as though I had asked him how many Ph.D.’s in pole dancing they awarded each year, and replied rather stiffly "Your comment will be noted." He then took a small piece of cutting-edge technology out of his pocket, flicked it open and spoke a few curt words of Korean into it, probably "Kill him.""

http://chronicle.com/article/The-Slow-Death-of-the/228991/

oliver
5 years ago

Phone Phreak Confidential The Backstory of the History of Phone Phreaking

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oliver
5 years, 1 month ago

Volkswagen’s Diesel Fraud Makes Critic of Secret Code a Prophet

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/nyregion/volkswagens-diesel-fraud-makes-critic-of-secret-code-a-prophet.html?_r=0

oliver
5 years, 1 month ago

http://betagoogle.com/

oliver
5 years, 1 month ago

Economist Paul Mason's blockbuster manifesto Postcapitalism suggests that markets just can't organize products whose major input isn't labor or material, but information, and that means that, for the first time in history, it's conceivable that we can have a society based on abundance.

http://boingboing.net/2015/09/15/postcapitalism-a-guide-to-our.html

oliver
5 years, 1 month ago

Camera Restricta: a wonderful student project, which measures the existing number of photos taken at a particular location and depending on the number may restrict you of taking a photo. But there is more to it: http://philippschmitt.com/projects/camera-restricta

oliver
5 years, 1 month ago

India's unusual protests: Pink underwear, poop and snakes

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34125840

oliver
5 years, 2 months ago



What’s the common factor between the tragic deaths of refugees in the Mediterranean and the Arab spring? Food shortages driven by global warming

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/18/mass-migration-crisis-refugees-climate-change

oliver
5 years, 2 months ago

mnermal
ABOUT ME

Username

mnermal


Name

Robbie Cormier


Birth year

1989


Gender

male


Country

Canada


Website

http://mnermal.com


Faculty

Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at Western University


Music I like

Laughing Stock by Talk Talk · Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk · Hearts of Palm by Idaho · The Air Force by Xiu Xiu · Standards by Tortoise · Ravedeath, 1972 by Tim Hecker · Ardour by Teebs · The Enchanter Persuaded by Sinoia Caves · The Sound of the Colour of the Sun by SIANspheric · Loveless by My Bloody Valentine · Kid A by Radiohead · Doolittle by Pixies · Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd · Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never · Low-life by New Order · No Flashlight by Mount Eerie · Kind of Blue by Miles Davis · The Glow, Pt. 2 by The Microphones · Mezzanine by Massive Attack · Sound of Silver by LCD Soundsystem · Grace by Jeff Buckley · Love Remains by How to Dress Well · Disintegration by The Cure · Calling Out of Context by Arthur Russell +++


Books I like

Schizoanalytic Cartographies by Félix Guattari · Chaosophy by Félix Guattari · Soft Subversions by Félix Guattari · Escape the Overcode by Brian Holmes · The Exploit by Alexander Galloway & Eugene Thacker · Philosophy and Simulation by Manuel DeLanda · Foucault by Gilles Deleuze · Steps to an Ecology of Mind by Gregory Bateson · The Practice of Everyday Life by Michel de Certeau · Dark Fiber by Geert Lovink · Cyber-Marx by Nick Dyer-Witheford · Negative Horizon by Paul Virilio · A Hacker Manifesto by McKenzie Wark · Cyclonopedia by Reza Negarestani · Sciences of the Artificial by Herbert Simon · Metapolitics by Alain Badiou · Wonderboys by Michael Chabon · Oracle Night by Paul Auster · Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut · White Noise by Don DeLillo · Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky +++


Films I like

Stalker by Andrey Tarkovsky · Adaptation by Spike Jonze · Synecdoche, New York by Charlie Kauffman · Being John Malkovich by Spike Jonze · Blow-up by Michelangelo Antonioni · Melancholia by Lars von Trier · Eraserhead by David Lynch · Children of Men by Alfonso Cuarón · Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola · Pi by Darren Aronofsky · High Fidelity by Stephen Frears +++


COMRADES
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