Jealousy of the Exchange

A humorously titled op-ed appeared in FT today (h/t to Vince Garton): “The ‘stonk’ bubble poses significant global risks”. It’s some grade-A Finacial Times doomsposting, bringing to my mind the wild days of the early coronacrunh, with its cacaophanous volley of doom loops, parabolic volatility, and inability to keep up with the minute-to-minute spiral of […]

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Turning On the Eternal Network

I’ve been trying to use twitter less. As this state’s on-again, off-again quasi-lockdowns slowly lumber through their eternal returns, boredom has translated into days spent simply scrolling, refreshing, hour after hour, day after day. It’s a cliched thing to say at this point, but my attention span is in shambles—a recent read-through of Faulkner’s As I […]

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Paranoid Style, Take 2

I recently had a conversation that led me to revisit Mark Fisher’s Flatline Constructs, and in particular, its final chapter, where Fisher undertakes a reading of John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness to illustrate the ‘strange loops’ that characterize contemporary ‘cybernetic capitalism’—and, by extension, illuminate the ways in which capitalism is inducing a “schizophrenization of culture”. It’s […]

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