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1 day ago

A ride from the glossy glass surface and the invisibility and vulnerability (and) fetish surrounding (i)phones to toxic black dust explosions at electronic waste dumps - Jay Owens' latest is great.

"We touch our phones 2,617 times a day, a 2016 study by DScout suggests — nearly a million touches a year. Each tap, type, swipe and click produces a reaction of some sort — communicated tactilely, haptically, not just visually; we stroke our devices, and they purr and give us dopamine and a sense of agency back. We use our smartphones to watch porn, message distant friends and lovers — or swipe right to find new ones. It is an exceptionally intimate relationship, the glass of the smartphone screen not just a surface but a kind of cyborg, tactile skin through which we sense the world and try to touch others too.

It is too much to ask of an object.

We desire these devices to give us things they cannot deliver — they cannot promise us connection, or agency; they cannot make our lives smooth and sleek and sexy like them; they cannot make us perfect. That’s where the anger comes from, I think — the desire to smash these things up and take revenge on you for all the ways they’ve let you down.

To take revenge on the ‘planned obsolescence’ of consumer capitalism that drives your endless, unsatisfiable desire. Lust is, after all, fundamentally a condition of lack.

What Apple sells us — what modernity sells us — is a vision of shiny new perfection that is in fact impossible.

There will be dust. There is always dust. By that I mean there is always time, and materiality, and decay. Decomposition and damage are inescapable. There is always the body, with its smears and secretions and messy flaking bits off. There is always waste and it always has to be dealt with, and shipping it out of sight overseas to the developing world does not change the fact this work has to be done (and it is dirty, dangerous work that demands its pound of flesh)."

The Price of Perfection: iPhone design & the materiality of modernity

medium.com

eve massacre

1 day ago

"Eine selbstbewusste, offensive Formulierung destruktiven weiblichen Begehrens, das man auch 1978 noch, trotz sexueller Revolution, nicht von einer Neunzehnjährigen im Manic-Pixie-Dreamgirl-Look erwartete. Genauso wenig wie die Gewalt-,Wut- und anderen Gefühlsexzesse, mit denen 130 Jahre vorher die dreißig Jahre alte Pfarrerstochter Emily Brontë in ihrem Roman ihre viktorianische Leserschaft und sogar ihre Schwester Charlotte schockierte.

Mädchen-Musik eben."

Kate Bush: „Wuthering Heights“

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eve massacre

3 days ago

Jathan Sadowski with a cold water bucket of an AI piece: "many AI systems are, in large part, also technical illusions designed to fool the public. Whether it’s content moderation for social media or image recognition for police surveillance, claims abound about the effectiveness of AI-powered analytics, when, in reality, the cognitive labor comes from an office building full of (low-waged) workers.

We can call this way of building and presenting such systems — whether analog automatons or digital software — Potemkin AI. There is a long list of services that purport to be powered by sophisticated software, but actually rely on humans acting like robots. Autonomous vehicles use remote-driving and human drivers disguised as seats to hide their Potemkin AI. App developers for email-based services like personalized ads, price comparisons, and automated travel-itinerary planners use humans to read private emails. ...
The term Potemkin derives from the name of a Russian minister who built fake villages to impress Empress Catherine II and disguise the true state of things. Potemkin tech, then, constructs a façade that not only hides what’s going on but deceives potential customers and the general public alike. Rather than the Wizard of Oz telling us to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, we have programmers telling us to pay no attention to the humans behind the platform."

"Potemkin AI is related to black boxing, but it pushes obfuscation into deception. ... Weaving the right spell can endow an AI system with powers of objectivity, neutrality, authority, efficiency, and other desirable attributes and outcomes."

"Persuading people that the police are using AI is a way to normalize the idea that AI should be and, perhaps more important, already is ceaselessly monitoring society. Again, for the purposes of power and discipline ... what matters is if people believe in the Potemkin deceit."

Potemkin AI — Real Life

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eve massacre

4 days ago

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eve massacre

4 days ago

"we need to let go of the assumption that the essence of the self is confined to the flesh-and-blood body and instead recognize that anything through which we can express agency can become part of the self."

A blind person's cane is not just a "separate tool but an extension of the body through which a blind person can feel. Such extensions are no longer confined to the directly tangible but also encompass digital avatars"

"flesh itself is a medium."

I like @pjrey's critique of privacy thinking: "historically, privacy has been a particularly fraught foundation for protecting women from violence and harassment; often it has protected men from accountability. ... privacy discourse, like other liberal values, fails to account for patriarchal structures, leaving women vulnerable. ... Not only has privacy been an obstacle to women seeking protection from harm; it has also been imposed on them as an obligation."
Sex workers get overlooked in deepfake bc they consented to porn. Arguing via privacy leaves out of consideration to what exact use of the material they had agreed.
"these performers, along with everyone else, have a right to protection from having representations of their bodies fundamentally altered without consent"

I agree but wonder: ouldn't that speak against any non-consensual re-use? What about fan fiction? What are the differences between word and image and video? What about meme culture? What about "indifferent cats in porn" tumblrs? We live in a "configurable culture" as Sinnreich called it, everybody remixes. Where do we draw lines?

Body Doubles — Real Life

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eve massacre

6 days ago

Thinking back about early Facebook: "Personalization was the work of the user, not the algorithm––and the dangers of privately controlled, algorithmically determined information flows would have seemed, to me, like the stuff of late-night stoner speculation."
"The folder underscored some of social media’s most unappealing qualities: the distortion of a natural, human experience of time, and an insistence on never quite letting things go." It's very human to not want to let things go but to exploit "nostalgia on scale" for ad targeting as Facebook does, is a horrible business model. Ephemerality FTW, there's a reason why so many flock to Insta stories. Facebook cheapens memories, these days even explicitly: by putting its horrible frames around them, in that horrible corporate normie idea of an aesthetic that scales.
Insta Stories works for more people than Snapchat bc you can easily connect to friends via your Facebook network and spare yourself the exchange of email adress or phone numbers. (Still Facebook's biggest bonus, the platform would be a ghost town by now if not for this.) By adding ephemerality and allowing stickers, gifs, filters, text etc. - Insta revives a lustful playfulness in self performance for one's friends. A feeling of careless fun that the post-Snowden awareness of Facebook's endless archive had killed. Still, it has a far more corporate, walled feel than, say, Myspace. For many it's a training base for self-entrepreneurism. I guess that's just our society now: The line between "careless fun" and "can't I profit from this somehow" has become slimmer for generation hypercapitalism. A girl gotta eat, as dey say.

What It’s Like to Wallow in Your Own Facebook Data

theatlantic.com

eve massacre

13 days ago

One original promise of computers—amongst others—had to do with accountability: code could be audited to legitimize its application within sociotechnical systems of power. But current AI trends have replaced this fundamental condition for the application of algorithms with belief.

The belief is that simple simulacra of human neurons will—given enough processing power and learning data—evolve to be Superman. We can characterize this approach as a belief system because it has immunized itself against criticism: when an AI system fails horribly, creates or amplifies existing social discrimination or violence, the dogma of AI proponents often tends to be that it just needs more training, needs to be fed more random data to create better internal structures, better “truths.” Faced with a world of inconsistencies and chaos, the hope is that some neural network, given enough time and data, will make sense of it, even though we might not be able to truly understand it.

tante — Artificial Saviors

boundary2.org

eve massacre

13 days ago

"Who will pay the higher price for Facebook’s hypervigilance, seedy overseas actors working to rattle U.S. voters or politically engaged Americans who are, to their own alarm, heavily reliant on the data-sucking social media giant to coordinate their legitimate protest activity?"

'We Are Not Bots': Facebook Censors U.S. Activists After Falsely Claiming They 'Unwittingly' Planned Protest

gizmodo.com

eve massacre

15 days ago

"The fight over #Cockygate, as it was branded online, emerged from the strange universe of Amazon Kindle Unlimited, where authors collaborate and compete to game Amazon’s algorithm. Trademark trolling is just the beginning: There are private chat groups, ebook exploits, conspiracies to seed hyperspecific trends like “Navy SEALs” and “mountain men,” and even a controversial sweepstakes in which a popular self-published author offered his readers a chance to win diamonds from Tiffany’s if they reviewed his new book.

Much of what’s alleged is perfectly legal, and even technically within Amazon’s terms of service. But for authors and fans, the genre is also a community, and the idea that unethical marketing and algorithmic tricks are running rampant has embroiled their world in controversy. Some authors even believe that the financial incentives set up by Kindle Unlimited are reshaping the romance genre — possibly even making it more misogynistic."

Bad romance

theverge.com

eve massacre

16 days ago

Bucher: “platforms act as performative intermediaries that participate in shaping the worlds they only purport to represent.”
A great reminder that these three are must-reads.

Algorithms Everywhere: Review of Noble, Eubanks and Bucher

thesocietypages.org

eve massacre

19 days ago

"The scanner spins around my body, and then the agent signals for me to step forward out of the machine and wait with my feet on the pad just past the scanner exit. I glance to the left, where a screen displays an abstracted outline of a human body. As I expected, bright fluorescent yellow blocks on the diagram highlight my chest and groin areas. You see, when I entered the scanner, the TSA operator on the other side was prompted by the UI to select ‘Male’ or ‘Female.’ Since my gender presentation is nonbinary femme, usually the operator selects ‘female.’ However, the three dimensional contours of my body, at millimeter resolution, differ from the statistical norm of ‘female bodies’ as understood by the dataset and risk algorithm designed by the manufacturer of the millimeter wave scanner (and its subcontractors), and as trained by a small army of clickworkers tasked with labelling and classification (as scholars Lilly Irani and Nick Dyer-Witheford, among others, remind us6). If the agent selects ‘male,’ my breasts are large enough, statistically speaking, in comparison to the normative ‘male’ body-shape construct in the database, to trigger an anomalous warning and a highlight around my chest area. If they select ‘female,’ my groin area deviates enough from the statistical ‘female’ norm to trigger the risk alert, and bright yellow pixels highlight my groin, as visible on the flat panel display. In other words, I can’t win. I’m sure to be marked as ‘risky,’ and that will trigger an escalation to the next level in the TSA security protocol. "

Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Matrix of Domination

jods.mitpress.mit.edu

eve massacre

25 days ago

"Somit könnte die Etablierung des Fake-Science-Begriffs das Gegenteil dessen bewirken, was sich die an der Enthüllung beteiligten Reporter erhoffen: Statt das Forschungssystem besser zu machen, öffnet man eine kaum mehr schließbare semantische Flanke. Über sie werden künftig all jene angreifen, denen Erkenntnisse aus der Wissenschaft missfallen. Und das auch noch zu Zeiten, wenn die Raubverlage längst wieder verschwunden sind."

»Fake Science«: Dieser Begriff kann der Wissenschaft nur schaden

spektrum.de

eve massacre

26 days ago

Dieses Verweigern gegenüber der Veröffentlichung jedweder möglichen Denkweise eines Themas nennt man Haltung. Rechte Kreise versuchen auch hier das Overton-Fenster zu verschieben. Sie bezeichnen es als „Zensur“ oder „Denkverbot“, wenn hetzerische Texte nicht veröffentlicht werden und bereiten damit der Idee einen Boden, dass auch extreme Meinungen Raum bekommen dürfen. Motto: „Das wird man doch mal andenken dürfen.“ Nein, darf man nicht, soll man nicht. Solche Meinungen dürfen gern im Hallraum der rechten Filterblase, von Tichys Einblick bis Kopp-Verlag versanden. Wer ihnen Raum gibt, der macht sie gesellschaftsfähig und unterstützt sie dadurch.

"Die Zeit" öffnet das Overton-Fenster

indiskretionehrensache.de

eve massacre

26 days ago

You have to undermine moral boundaries, inure people to the acceptance of acts of extreme cruelty. Like hounds, people have to be blooded. They have to be given the taste for savagery. Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group. This allows the members of that group to be dehumanised. Once that has been achieved, you can gradually up the ante, working through the stages from breaking windows to extermination.

It is this next step that is being test-marketed now. It is being done in Italy by the far-right leader and minister for the interior Matteo Salvini. How would it go down if we turn away boatloads of refugees? Let’s do a screening of the rough-cut of registering all the Roma and see what buttons the audience will press. And it has been trialled by Trump: let’s see how my fans feel about crying babies in cages. I wonder how it will go down with Rupert Murdoch.

To see, as most commentary has done, the deliberate traumatisation of migrant children as a “mistake” by Trump is culpable naivety. It is a trial run – and the trial has been a huge success. Trump’s claim last week that immigrants “infest” the US is a test-marketing of whether his fans are ready for the next step-up in language, which is of course “vermin”. And the generation of images of

Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow

irishtimes.com

eve massacre

38 days ago

On VR as empathy machine: "if we choose to have a particular experience, doesn’t that make it more a commodified consumer good rather than an ethics lesson? Or rather, doesn’t that mainly teach us that we can enjoy feeling ethical as an on-demand experience?"
This might also be the case with how our social media outrage about horrible and emotionally packaged news is more about experience and expression than about a political reaction. Makes me also think about @zeynep's work about how online tools help us to organize protest and financial support much faster but what gets lost is the networking, building factor that helps sustainable longterm political work. And it's not just a "social media destoryed real political work" thing, think of how @n_srnck and @lemonbloodycola wrote about "folk politics" like street protests in Inventing The Future: "chooses the familiarities of the past over the unknowns of the future (for instance, the repeated dreams of a return to "good" Keynesian capitalism); and expresses itself as a predilection for the voluntarist and the spontaneous over the institutional (as in the romanticising of rioting and insurrection)." Let's face it actual political work is boring and tedious not very self-rewarding.

But really, this essay by Rob Horning makes a lot of good points about empathy as personal pleasure: "morality becomes a spontaneous reaction rather than a process of ethical reasoning."

Apathy Machines — Real Life

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eve massacre

41 days ago

Also this, by @Livingstone_S: all the talk about media literacy "rarely results in concrete policies or resources to increase the media literacy of the public."
"The more that the media mediate everything in society – work, education, information, civic participation, social relationships and more – the more vital it is that people are informed about and critically able to judge what’s useful or misleading, how they are regulated, when media can be trusted, and what commercial or political interests are at stake. In short, media literacy is needed not only to engage with the media but to engage with society through the media."

Media literacy – everyone’s favourite solution to the problems of regulation

blogs.lse.ac.uk

eve massacre

42 days ago

An important criticism, or maybe addition to Danah Boyd:
"It is true that like the notion of empowerment, doubt and critique have also been co-opted and distorted in the interests of commercial and political agendas, including radicalisation. Doubt and critique can be dangerous when introduced as skills in their own right and cultivated in competitive classroom environments that sustain the socio-cultural premise of neoliberalism. Doubt and critique can be toxic when driven by arrogance and strong loyalties. They can be game changers when used in a spirit of open-mindedness and modesty which can be cultivated in an inclusive and participatory pedagogical environment. Doubt and critique should be values and acts that emanate from dialogue and serve the purpose of social justice. To that effect they should be acknowledged, debated and equally scrutinised for the purpose they serve in a given context but they should always be recognized as indispensable to educational processes that aim to challenge the status quo."

I do want media literacy… and more. A response to danah boyd

blogs.lse.ac.uk

eve massacre

44 days ago

"Menschen warten einfach nicht mehr darauf, dass die Mehrheitsgesellschaft ihre Erfahrungen anerkennt und ihnen die gleichen Freiheiten und Rechte zuspricht, die bisher einer privilegierten Gruppe vorbehalten waren. Sie möchten nicht länger aufgrund einer "mythischen Norm", wie die Dichterin und Aktivistin Audre Lorde es nannte, ausgeklammert und benachteiligt werden.

Es mag sein, dass jene, die diese Norm so vehement verteidigen, tatsächliche Furcht vor gesellschaftlichem Chaos haben. Aber die zunehmende Vielfalt und gleichzeitige Individualisierung von Lebens- und Familienformen wird sich nicht mehr zurückdrehen lassen. Wer meint, dass ein Kruzifix in der Staatskanzlei oder die Verweigerung eines Gendersternchens die gute alte Zeit wiederbringt, in der man Musliminnen oder Transsexuelle getrost ignorieren konnte, wird in Zukunft ebenso albern wirken wie aus heutiger Sicht die Gegner des Frauenwahlrechts.

Nicht der Kampf gegen Pluralismus, sondern eine solidarische Haltung auch mit Menschen, die man als anders wahrnimmt, stärkt eine Gesellschaft."

Diskriminierungen: Die Politisierung der Tränendrüse

zeit.de

eve massacre

44 days ago

"Wenn er in der »FAZ« schreibt, dass die Verwendung des Gendersternchens eine »Geste der Unterwerfung unter eine ideologisch begründete Konzeption von Geschlecht« sei, dann ließe sich diese etwas überhitzte Formulierung durchaus als Symptom einer Angst interpretieren, dass das Verfallsdatum dieses unausgesprochenen Normalfalls erreicht ist und in Zukunft Geschlechterverhältnisse auch auf der sprachlichen Ebene von Grund auf neu ausgehandelt werden müssen.

Es ist zu vermuten, dass vielen der ablehnenden Reaktionen auf geschlechtergerechte Rechtschreibung diese Angst zugrunde liegt. Sie hat mit der Aufgabe des Rechtschreibrates aber ebensowenig zu tun, wie es die Hoffnung der Befürworter/innen hätte, mit Hilfe des amtlichen Regelwerks das Patriarchat zu besiegen." HT Paula Villa

Krieg den Sternen

konkret-magazin.de

eve massacre

44 days ago

Researchers have shown conclusively that repeating the lie tends to reinforce it. There’s some evidence that challenging lies can help in some circumstances, but most of what you’re doing is amplifying lies.
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Yes, this might –almost certainly will — hurt TV ratings. It might reduce page views. So there’s a decision to make. Are you journalists or entertainers?

Dear Journalists, Stop Being Loudspeakers for Liars

medium.com

eve massacre

44 days ago

"Die Ignoranz lebt davon, dass außer den NSU-Morden (10 Tote) und den Brandschlägen von Mölln (3) und Solingen (5) keine der Taten gewusst wird: Namen von Opfern wie Günter Schwannecke, Beate Fischer oder Dieter Eich haben im kollektiven Gedächtnis keine Spuren hinterlassen. Zur Verunklarung der richtigen Antwort trägt bei, dass bei den Zahlen von Todesopfern rechter Gewalt verschiedene Angaben kursieren; Journalisten und Verbände kommen bei ihren Statistiken entsprechend auf weit höhere Zahlen als die Bundesregierung (150 bis fast 200 Tote)."
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"Und so erscheint, drittens, die Ignoranz gegenüber Opfern rechter Gewalt bei bürgerlichen Schichten als notwendige Voraussetzung dafür, sich das Märchen des eigenen Nicht-Ideologisch-Seins zu erzählen („ideologisch“ sind allein die alle belehren und bekehren wollenden Linken), die Geschichte der eigenen Liberalität, die es in einer komfortablen Extremismustheorie schön hat. Mitte ist, wer immerfort beide Extreme ablehnt – achten Sie mal darauf, wie oft bei Bekenntnissen gegen rechte Gewalt der strukturell ganz anders disponierte Linksextremismus ungefragt mit abgelehnt wird, während kein bürgerlicher Sprecher auf die Idee käme, angesichts der, grob gesagt, G20-Krawalle in Hamburg zu bekennen, er finde die NSU-Morde aber auch schlimm.

Sich nach rechts öffnen zu können – wie es Politik und Medien gerade in atemberaubender, selbstvergessener Geschwindigkeit tun –, um dem schlechten Gewissen des eigenen Privilegiertseins zu entkommen, das mit „links“ assoziiert wird, bedarf der Ignoranz gegenüber Opfern rechter Gewalt. Ohne die Entkoppelung von den Konsequenzen rechten Denkens, als die eine Gewalt erscheint, die zur völkisch-autoritären Ideologie gehört und sich zuerst immer gegen die Schwächsten richtet, wären der bürgerlichen Mitte Ausweichbewegungen vor ihrer eigenen Selbstblindheit verstellt.

Wirksame Politik gegen das menschenverachtende Gelärm der AfD wäre die weitsichtige Umverteilung gesellschaftlichen Reichtums – eine Idee, auf die die SPD nicht mal dann kommt, wenn sie zum Schatten ihrer selbst geschrumpft ist. Ein Beispiel wäre eine Wohnungsbaupolitik, die dem Immobilienmarkt Grenzen setzte und mit sozialer Durchmischung aller Viertel für gesellschaftlichen Frieden sorgte."

Die neue Ordnung

freitag.de

eve massacre

46 days ago

ICE hacked the risk-assessment tool it used to decide whom to imprison so that it recommended that everyone should be detained.

This gave ICE a kind of empirical facewash for its racist and inhumane policies: they could claim that the computer forced them to imprison people by identifying them as high-risk. The policy let ICE triple its detention rate, imprisoning 43,000 people.

ICE hacked its algorithmic risk-assessment tool so it recommended detention for everyone

boingboing.net

eve massacre

47 days ago

Mein Humor, mein Schreiben, mein Hang zur Ehrlichkeit, meine Zeichnungen und sogar mein Körper werden von Rechtskonservativen und Bürgerlichen als widerständiges Handeln interpretiert. Als junge Frau in der Öffentlichkeit wird eine durchschnittliche Figur mit durchschnittlicher Körper- und Kleidergröße schon als aktive Verweigerung gesehen. Etablierte Feuilletons wie die „Zeit“ schrieben darüber, wie außergewöhnlich es wäre, dass ich als Buchautorin mich trauen würde, einen Körper jenseits der Norm (ich habe Kleidergröße 42) über die deutschsprachigen Bühnen zu schleppen. Als Frau ist der eigene Körper schon eine aktive politische Handlung an sich, egal, was man macht: Man verführt, man verweigert, man täuscht Schwäche vor, oder man hält sich auch nobel zurück, je nach Körperbau, Kleidungsstil und Raumeinnahme wird der eigene Körper zum geschlechtspolitischen Schlachtfeld.
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Ein mangelndes Klassenbewusstsein und ein Vergessen linker Werte in Diskussionen über marginalisierte Identitäten wird von vielen Seiten als Kritik herangetragen. Manchmal verstecken sich hinter dieser Kritik aber auch einfach nur Männer, die zu faul zum Gendern sind.
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Seit ich so viele Einladungen zu Lesungen bekomme, lande ich zweimal pro Woche in winzigen österreichischen Orten, in denen ein überschaubarer Kreis von Enthusiasten kleine Kulturinstitutionen am Laufen hält. Jedes zweite Dorf scheint seinen Underground zu haben, der zum Beispiel in Oberösterreich förderungstechnisch langsam ausgehungert wird. Doch die Leute halten die Stellung, auch wenn der Nachbar droht, in die Refugees-Welcome-Party mit dem Traktor reinzufahren. Das ist für mich der wahre Widerstand.

Manchmal sehne ich mich nach der Kleinstadt, in der einen die alltägliche politische Überzeugungsund Kulturarbeit ins Burn-out bugsiert, aber man sich ihrer Wichtigkeit und der eigenen Wirkungskraft um so bewusster wird"

In Österreich Mit Rechten leben

m.faz.net

eve massacre

47 days ago

BoykotteurInnen aller Länder, beruhigt euch!

skug.at

eve massacre

49 days ago

"Whereas the vest-wearing action stars of the 80s needed physical strength to hoik themselves into lift shafts and avert terrorism, today’s uber-tonk males wear their six-packs like beautiful, pointless feathers: this is a cosmetic muscularity, rather than a functional one. ...
The emergence of this physical ideal is linked to the death of lad culture. ....
Men’s magazines reflect and reinforce the cultural zeitgeist. Young men today are interested in “wellbeing and fitness and looking good”, Das says. “So this is reflected in the editorial interests of magazines oriented at guys.”

Men’s magazines alone did not give rise to this new ideal; there were other factors. Gymgoing became democratised, with chains such as PureGym (which opened in 2009) and Fitness4Less (founded in 2010) bringing affordable membership to the masses. The pursuit of fitness accrued social capital, with streaming sites such as YouTube making celebrities of personal trainer Joe Wicks and fitness gurus The Hodgetwins. Some argue that the financial crisis created the gym bro: as traditional routes to success were eroded, men fell back on their bodies as a means of feeling valuable to society. Concurrently, young people stopped drinking as much."

Readworthy piece but misses the gay angle.

And even more important, it could have done without this stupid framing: "Why is it that we condemn women’s magazines for including weight-loss tips, but men’s magazines escape our censure?", "BAs eating disorder services tend to be designed for women, male sufferers can be overlooked." There is no magic "we", there is no big societal consensus - the mainstream, the normal, still is women anxiously overdisciplining every bloody aspect of their body thanks to ads and magazines that make them feel like unworthy failures. The partial rise of alternative voices, the louder criticism and the creation of help insitutions have not magically unfairly come into existence by some liberal opinion pieces but thanks to the hard work of feminists with most men and lots of women not giving a damn or even ridiculing it.

‘Get shredded in six weeks!’ The problem with extreme male body transformations

theguardian.com

eve massacre

50 days ago

Trout, once more gallantly trying to take the polarization out of the sex robot topic.

The truth about sex robots: Panic, pleasure and a candlelit dinner

engadget.com

eve massacre

60 days ago

As our jobs provide less and less meaningful satisfaction we turn to the make-believe of video games to experience actual productive labor.

Playing for a Chance to Work

thesocietypages.org

eve massacre

60 days ago

🙌 Maximilian Pichl

Migration: Der neoliberale Angriff gilt auch den Flüchtlingen

zeit.de

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60 days ago

At the time I reported it to police but, bruised and in pain, one officer told me “the problem is women just don’t understand the risky situations they put themselves in”.

Let that sink in.

A 23-year-old woman who has been bashed, choked, threatened with a box cutter and indecently sexually assaulted goes to police and is told “the problem is women”.

Everyday steps women take that would shock men

news.com.au

eve massacre

62 days ago

Glottal stop FTW!
Interessant wird es beim Gendergap (Kritiker_in) und dem Gendersternchen (Kritiker*in). Diese sind ja explizit nicht als Abkürzungen der Doppelform gedacht, sondern sollen die darin enthaltene Zweigeschlechtlichkeit durchbrechen – die Lücke und das Sternchen sind hier Platzhalter für weitere mögliche Geschlechter. Dieser Platzhalter muss sinnvollerweise auch in der gesprochenen Sprache signalisiert werden – und dafür hat sich schon seit längerem eine linguistisch interessante Lösung etabliert.

Das Sternchen und die Lücke werden in der Aussprache durch einen stimmlosen glottalen Verschlusslaut wiedergegeben – ein Laut, den wir produzieren, indem wir die Stimmlippen („Stimmbänder”) kurz vollständig schließen.

Dieser Laut, der im Internationalen Phonetischen Alphabet durch das Symbol [ʔ] repräsentiert wird, steht im Deutschen (in den deutschen und österreichischen Dialekten) am Anfang jedes Wortes, das scheinbar mit einem Vokal beginnt. Das Wort Eklat, z.B., wird nicht [eklaː] ausgesprochen, sondern [ʔeklaː]. Das merken wir, wenn wir einen indefiniten Artikel davor setzen – ein Eklat. Wenn wir das aussprechen, hören wir eine kurze Pause vor Eklat, und das [e] hat einen klaren Ansatz: [aɪ̯n ?eklaː] (das Leerzeichen steht für eine kurze Pause).

Im Französischen, beispielsweise, ist das anders, dort gibt es diesen glottalen Verschlusslaut am Wortanfang nicht. Eclat wird hier tatsächlich [ekla] ausgesprochen, und wenn wir einen indefiniten Artikel davor setzen, fließen die Wörter ineinander [œnekla]. Auch an der Silbifizierung sehen wir die Effekte des glottalen Verschlusslauts: im Deutschen ist zwischen ein und Eklat eine Silbengrenze (hier durch einen Punkt dargestellt) – [aɪ̯n.?e.klaː]; im Französischen ist diese Silbengrenze in der Mitte des indefiniten Artikels un, das n bildet mit dem e von Eklat eine Silbe, die Wortgrenze wird ignoriert – [œ.ne.kla]. Im Schweizerdeutschen ist es übrigens wie im Französischen, ein Eklat wird dort [aɪ̯.ne.klaː] ausgesprochen.

Innerhalb von Wörtern kommt der stimmlose glottale Verschlusslaut im Deutschen selten vor, nämlich in Komposita (die ja aus zwei Wörtern bestehen) an der internen Wortgrenze, und bei manchen Präfixen („Vorsilben“), z.B. ver-: in den meisten Dialekten sagen wir beispielsweise für Verein [fɛɐ̯ʔaɪ̯n], und nicht [fɛˈʁaɪ̯n].

Gendergap und Gendersternchen in der gesprochenen Sprache

sprachlog.de

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62 days ago

Geschlechtergerechte Sprache ist demokratische Pflicht

sueddeutsche.de

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62 days ago

"Das „Rechts“ der Neuen Rechten ist eben keine „bestimmte Art des Redens“, wie es das Bändchen „Mit Rechten reden“ behauptet. Es ist eine Weltanschauung, die von der Ungleichwertigkeit von Menschengruppen ausgeht und sie in der Gesellschaft zementiert wissen will.
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Für diese Denkschule ist „das ewige Gespräch“ der Liberalen eine Vorstellung von „grausamer Komik“. Daher hat Schmitt in der „Politischen Theologie“ den Diskurs als das eigentlich zu Überwindende bestimmt. ... Sich selbst in diese Tradition stellend, beschwört Kubitschek seit Jahren eben nicht die Debatte, sondern die finale Krise, um endlich zur erlösenden Tat schreiten zu können: „Unser Ziel ist nicht die Beteiligung am Diskurs, sondern sein Ende als Konsensform, nicht ein Mitreden, sondern eine andere Sprache, nicht der Stehplatz im Salon, sondern die Beendigung der Party.“
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Das Vorgehen der Rechten ist [geprägt durch] einen permanenten Aufbau von Spannung, Angst und Abhängigkeit. Diese Technik soll den erwünschten Ausnahmezustand auf der Ebene des Subjekts produzieren. Permanentes Triggern soll die Gesellschaft neurotisch machen, damit sie willfährig die autoritären Erlösungsangebote annimmt. Sie ist das Gegenteil eines reflexiven Gesprächs, das Spannungsabbau, Rationalität und Emanzipation fördert.
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Gewachsen ist diese Neue Rechte, die in erheblichem Umfang noch immer die alte ist, somit weniger an ihren Gegnern als an deren Gesprächsangeboten, die sie erst zu akzeptablen Partnern machten. Gewachsen ist sie auch an den unzähligen Reportern, die zu Kubitscheks „Rittergut“ Schnellroda pilgerten und sich fasziniert den Ziegenstall zeigen ließen. Jede unkritische Homestory und jedes Dialogangebot haben stärker zur Verbreitung des Neofaschismus à la Antaios beigetragen als die Protestschreie auf den Buchmessen.
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Ganz wie ihr islamistischer Zwilling hält die Neue Rechte ihre Gegner für dekadent und träge. Man sollte ihnen zeigen, dass sie sich irren. Wer radikal provoziert, will etwas hervorrufen, und längst wäre es an der Zeit, in diesem aufgezwungenen cultural war angemessen deutlich zu reagieren. Gegenüber Leuten, die vollmundig antreten, den Kulturbetrieb zu „entsiffen“, kann dies nur ein souveräner Ausschluss sein."

Debatte oder Protest: Wie weiter gegen rechts?

blaetter.de

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65 days ago

this makes me physically sick. we can lean back and observe the worst nightmares of surveillance tech rising.

Palmer Luckey—yes, that Palmer Luckey, the 25-year-old entrepreneur who founded the virtual reality company Oculus, sold it to Facebook, and then left Facebook in a haze of political controversy—hands me a Samsung Gear VR headset. Slipping it over my eyes, I am instantly immersed in a digital world that simulates the exact view I had just been enjoying in real life. In the virtual valley below is a glowing green square with text that reads PERSON 98%.

Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build a Border Wall

wired.com

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74 days ago

GDPR is centralizing the market

marginalrevolution.com

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74 days ago

Die informationelle Selbstbestimmung ist ein Mythos

deutschlandfunkkultur.de

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74 days ago

Disconnection as a form of self-care could be a means to address the ailments that communicative capitalism produces. Yet individual acts of disconnection do nothing to change the living conditions we’re stuck with. Jamming your access to the internet to perform deep work is the equivalent of recycling your plastics and glassware to address pollution. Both feel good and project virtue but fall short of addressing the endemic structures that are the root of environmental degradation. Similarly, such practices as digital detoxing or unplugging individualize systemic issues of mass corporate surveillance or privacy exploitation that require collective action and structural reform. These self-regulatory modes of disconnecting have ideological knock-on effects, blurring the relationship between the responsibility of the self and society and diverting attention from new possibilities of how social media services might be better supplied.

Out of Network — Real Life

reallifemag.com

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76 days ago

"Mein Vater sagte: Warum sollst du studieren, du wirst ja doch heiraten. Also wirst du Verkäuferin. Damit war mein Leben beschlossen. Ich war eine folgsame, katholische Tochter. Als ich dann geheiratet habe, und mein Mann so früh gestorben ist, stand ich da mit vier kleinen Kindern und hatte kein Geld. Ich habe geputzt, serviert, beim Imbiss verkauft. Dann bekam ich eine Stelle als Küchenhilfe an der Mensa. Ich war tot von der Maloche, die auch noch schlecht bezahlt war, wie alles, was Frauen machen.

- Sie sind dann über die Arbeit an der Uni zu seinem Soziologiestudium gekommen.

Ich kann Ihnen sagen, das war das beste, was ich mir als Frau antun konnte. Ich kann es nur jeder Frau empfehlen, da sind mir sämtliche patriarchale Knoten im Kopf geplatzt. Ich habe mir ein ganz anderes, zusammenhängendes Denken angeeignet. Seitdem macht mir einfach alles nur noch Spaß."

Diese starke 80-Jährige Feministin zieht hart durch, egal wie viel Gegenwind sie bekommt

buzzfeed.com

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79 days ago

But instead of helping reduce exploitation, say sex trafficking survivors and advocates, taking away their ability to unse the Internet has actually increased the risks facing their community, and crippled efforts for harm reduction. Moreover, they say the law does not address issues that truly contribute to trafficking: homelessness, poverty and a broken foster care system. Instead, SESTA/FOSTA drastically limits the tools available to those who survive in the sex trade, pushing workers further underground, into the streets and the dark web, where they are easier targets for those who aim to exploit the vulnerable.

"This was unlike anything we'd ever seen," says Meg Munoz, a sex-trafficking survivor and founder of the OC Umbrella Collective, an organization that serves sex workers and those being domestically trafficked in Southern California. "The immediate impact was swift and, honestly, terrifying. We watched people literally walk back to their pimps knowing they had lost any bit of autonomy they had. We watched people wind up homeless overnight. We watched members of our community disappear."

Anti-Sex-Trafficking Advocates Say New Law Cripples Efforts to Save Victims

rollingstone.com

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82 days ago

Guter, der Komplexität des Themas gerecht werdender Text zur DSGVO.

21 Thesen zum Irrweg der DS-GVO

cr-online.de

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87 days ago

Anstatt dass sich die Technologie der menschlichen Welt anpasst, wird der Mensch unter diesen Umständen gebeten, sich für ein digitales System zu optimieren. Gefragt ist letztlich algorithmenkonformer Input. Alternativ wird angeboten, die Onlinedienste nicht zu nutzen, was aber in vielen Fällen – und immer häufiger – entweder mit grossen individuellen Opfern verbunden oder gar nicht mehr möglich ist.

Was bei Algorithmen hinten herauskommt, weiss niemand so genau – und warum, noch viel weniger

nzz.ch

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88 days ago

"With its empire in ashes, its industrial landscape gutted, and its place in the world thrown into uncertainty by Brexit, Britain is in the midst of a slow-burning existential crisis. Its millions of citizens have been conjured from the earth by distant and long expired historical forces and now wander around urban landscapes that no longer make sense. It is unclear where Britain will go from here. Having long lost its status as the workshop of the world, all that remains is for Britain to capitalize on its history: to become a history factory.

Since the 1980s, “heritage” in Britain has grown into a sector of the economy — something like mining or fishing, except that it currently employs more than both these industries combined. It is calculated that history- (or “heritage-”) related tourism has contributed almost £9 billion to the UK economy and supports nearly four hundred thousand jobs. This is nothing new; history has always worked in service of the present. Everywhere, the mythologies of nations or communities form the raw material of ideology. But in Britain, history has recently been given a more specific, macroeconomic role to play — we are witnessing a transformation in what history is for."

"For many students in America, British history is a kind of escapism. Students arrive wanting to hear about the emotional lives of aristocrats. For many, violence is not the Amritsar massacre in India but Jack the Ripper, the industrial revolution is not Manchester but the Hogwarts Express, and empire is not slavery but Claire Foy portraying the queen on TV, gazing rapturously at bathing Kenyan hippos surrounded by white advisers.

Amid the frantic attempts to represent Britain’s past as cobbled and quaint it gets harder each day to meaningfully connect the past and the present. This task requires the acknowledgement that the past is a process, whose structures, institutions and power relations still weigh heavily on the politics of the present. Instead, Britain’s history factory delivers the past as a finished object, something to be charmed by and nostalgic for."

It Just Won’t Die

jacobinmag.com

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102 days ago

These high-tech eco-towers and eco-cities are visions of a future imagined as coexistence and connection with the natural world, but they are undergirded by another story, an Enlightenment conception of nature, and of forests specifically, as a resource to be optimized, scientifically managed, and administered by experts in order to enable dense settlement, nation-building, and maintenance of the population.

Forest, Tower, City: Rethinking the Green Machine Aesthetic

harvarddesignmagazine.org

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106 days ago

"Facebook had replaced much of the emotional labor of social networking that consumed previous generations. We have forgotten (or perhaps never noticed) how many hours our parents spent keeping their address books up to date, knocking on doors to make sure everyone in the neighborhood was invited to the weekend BBQ, doing the rounds of phone calls with relatives, clipping out interesting newspaper articles and mailing them to a friend, putting together the cards for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas, and more. We don’t think about what it’s like to carefully file business cards alphabetically in a Rolodex. People spent a lot of time on these sorts of things, once, because the less of that work you did, the less of a social network you had.

Facebook lets me be lazy the way a man in a stereotypical 1950s office can be lazy. Facebook is the digital equivalent of my secretary, or perhaps my wife, yelling at me not to forget to wish someone a happy birthday, or to inform me I have a social engagement this evening."

I tried leaving Facebook. I couldn’t

theverge.com

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106 days ago

Pimps Are Preying on Sex Workers Pushed Off the Web Because of FOSTA-SESTA

motherboard.vice.com

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106 days ago

"Once Backpage was seized, I saw workers in my area who’d only recently clawed their way up from street-based work and homelessness into the lowest rung of indoor work and unstable housing night by night in overpriced, shady motel rooms get flung back into what they’d just escaped. St. James Infirmary reported four times as many street-based workers as before in the Mission district. The sex worker community online started to hear about workers going back out on the street and missing their check-in calls—as of April 14th, just based on anecdotal data passed between us, 13 workers have gone missing and two have been confirmed dead. Two workers have been assaulted at gunpoint, and I can’t even count how many other stories of rape and assault I’ve heard from people returning to or just learning the streets for the first time. One person has already taken their life because of this legislation.

The loss of Backpage revealed SESTA as the trafficker’s wet dream it was. Within hours of the seizure, there were reports of pimps messaging workers, hoping to capitalize on our desperate need to find alternative ways to reach clients. (If you’ve been approached by a someone who wants to “help” you through this, consider sending screenshots to SWOP-USA at support@swopusa.org—they are collecting information on predators targeting sex workers during this difficult time.) And of course, as workers flooded the streets, they exposed themselves to the population of pimps who victimize street-based sex workers.
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What we’ve been telling the media over and over again is plainly true: many of us will die, some of us have already died because of the damage SESTA’s done, and especially because of the loss of Backpage. And the victims will more often be trans workers, disabled workers, workers of color, and trafficking survivors—those of us who never had many options to begin with. We are without allies. Feminists and labor rights activists would rather spout anti-trafficking discourse, and even civil rights organizations like the ACLU and EFF, who were happy enough to join us urging people to call their senators to vote against SESTA, are nowhere to be found now that sex workers need material support. The few collective funds helping community members hardest hit by these developments report that they are receiving many more requests for help than donations, and the donations are mostly coming from…us."

On Backpage

titsandsass.com

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107 days ago

Großartiger Text von @TiniDo: Sarah Berger „Match Deleted. Tinder Stories“ rubbed against Barthes "Fragmente der Liebe".

"Mitte der 1990er, also quasi im Pleistozän, machte Roland Barthes „Fragmente einer Sprache der Liebe“ in unserem Graduierenden-Zirkeln an der geisteswissenschaftlichen Fakultät einer deutschen Provinz-Uni Karriere als the book to read. 30, 40 Leute zwischen 25 und 30, per Stipendium und anderer staatlicher oder elterlicher Fördermittel vom direkten Druck befreit, sich um die materielle Basis der eigenen Existenz kümmern, zu einer Lebens- und Arbeitsgemeinschaft zusammengesperrt. Graduiertenkolleg nannte (und nennt) man das. Extreme Individualisierung, – wir waren ja allen wegen unseres ganz speziellen Graduiertenprojektes und unserer ganz persönlichen Kompetenzen ausgewählt worden –, trifft auf extremen Konformitäts- aka Leistungsdruck. Denn es ist klar: Die wenigstens von uns werden einen anständig bezahlten Job an der Uni bekommen oder im wissenschaftlichen Feld, es muss gestrampelt werden. Aber niemand weiß wirklich, wo oben und unten ist, vorne und hinten. Also wohin strampeln? Aber ein bisschen wissen wir es schon, oder eher: unser aus 200 Jahren Intelligenz-Patriarchat und -Heteronormativität bestehende Un/ter/bewusstes weiß. Es werden die Männer sein, die die Professuren bekommen werden; die Männer, deren Väter schon Professoren waren, oder wenigstens Jurist, oder Arzt. Also verwandelt sich der Stress, immer irgendwelche Vorträge zu halten, immer irgendwie originelle Ideen zu produzieren, immer etwas besonderes zu sein, immer Systemkompatibilität zu signalisieren, aber nie karrieristisch zu wirken (das galt – und gilt – natürlich und fast ausschließlich für die Frauen), in einen psycho-sexuellen Emo-Klumpen, den wir gelernt hatten, Liebe und Begehren zu nennen. Barthes Florilegium der Tropen, Klischees, diskursiver Formen und Verhaltensformen der (Sprachform) Liebe hilft uns dabei, uns darin als etwas besonderes zu fühlen."

Serienmodell – Über „Match Deleted. Tinder Stories“ von Sarah Berger

tinierklaertsichdiewelt.wordpress.com

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113 days ago

Das Dokument zeigt deutlich auf, dass es den Aktivisten nicht – wie oft von ihnen behauptet – um die Bewahrung eines Status quo geht, sondern dass Menschenrechte deutlich zurückgefahren werden sollen: Als Ziele benannt werden etwa die Abschaffung aller Gesetze zu Lebenspartnerschaften, gleichgeschlechtlichen Ehen und Adoptionen durch Homosexuelle – zugleich soll für den Erlass von Gesetzen zur Bestrafung von Homosexualität ("Anti-sodomy laws") und Bestrafung von "Homo-Propaganda" gekämpft werden.

Enthüllt: Wie "Demo für alle" & Co. Homosexualität wieder kriminalisieren wollen

queer.de

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121 days ago

"And this is how memes help people speak truths."
Go and read this excellent vivisection by Jay Owens!

"Yet, even as ‘authenticity’ as a claim and as an aesthetic feels outdated, deeper forms of ‘realness’ in our communications still persist. People are still seeking to communicate their deepest personal truths: their values, hopes and fears with each other. Through sharing media, we’re still creating community.

Nonetheless, the kind of truth in play is changing form: emotional and moral truths are in ascendance over straightforwardly factual claims. Truth becomes plural, and thereby highly contested"

Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture

medium.com

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124 days ago

"Today’s American fascist youth is neither the strapping Aryan jock-patriot nor the skinheaded, jackbooted punk: The fascist millennial is a pasty nerd watching shitty meme videos on YouTube, listening to EDM, and harassing black women on Twitter. Self-styled “nerds” are the core youth vanguard of crypto-populist fascist movements. And they are the ones most likely to seize the opportunities presented by the Trump presidency.
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The nerd appeared in pop culture in the form of a smart but awkward, always well-meaning white boy irrationally persecuted by his implacable jock antagonists in order to subsume and mystify true social conflict — the ones around race, gender, class, and sexuality that shook the country in the 1960s and ’70s — into a spectacle of white male suffering. This was an effective strategy to sell tickets to white-flight middle-class suburbanites, as it described and mirrored their mostly white communities. With the hollowing out of urban centers, and the drastic poverty in nonwhite communities of the ’80s and ’90s, these suburban whites were virtually the only consumers with enough consistent spending money to garner Hollywood attention.
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The threatened, slightly less attractive white male oppressed and opposed by a more mainstream, uptight, wealthy white man became a constant theme in the canonical youth films of ’80s Hollywood. This quickly evolved into the nerd-jock dichotomy
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the key ideological gesture in all the films named here: the replacement of actual categories of social struggle and oppression with the concept of the jock-nerd struggle. The jock is forever cool, the nerd perennially oppressed. And revenge is always on the table and always justified. In the nerd’s very DNA is a mystification of black, queer, and feminist struggle: As a social character, the nerd exists to deny the significance (if not the existence) of race, class, and gender oppression."

What Was the Nerd? — Real Life

reallifemag.com

eve massacre

125 days ago

"I see little use in trying to extrapolate out to what anonymous shitposters “really” mean ... I think the best approach is to cast off discussions of motives entirely, and focus instead on the impact of the behaviors. "That’s something we can know, and further, can situate within broader discourses of power—analyses that hold regardless of whether participants cry irony or not.""

The State of Fandom Studies 2018: Whitney Phillips & Ross Garner (Pt.2)

henryjenkins.org

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