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Waiting for the Fail Whale – What Y2K can teach us about Twitter

“What we use is not ours simply because we use it.” – Erich Fromm   Breakdowns have an annoying habit of not arriving on time. It often seems as if … Continue reading

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Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Forty-First Week

How do you survive a plague? Easy, you do not try to survive the plague instead you focus on trying to survive the week. * When I read the headlines … Continue reading

December 1, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Fortieth Week

A mantra for a Monday morning during the plague times: I am trying my best to survive this and on the days when I fall short of trying my best … Continue reading

November 25, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirty-Ninth Week

In the month of November I will not be trying to write a novel grow a mustache or attempt some new project I will focus my attention on trying to … Continue reading

November 18, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirty-Eighth Week

Look, I get it, my tastes are somewhat odd I prefer music that sounds terrible foods that are too spicy movies that have vampires and not catching viruses though I … Continue reading

November 11, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirty-Seventh Week

I have heard it said that the pandemic’s end is in sight but I have stood atop a tall building and so I know that which is in sight can … Continue reading

November 4, 2022 · 1 Comment

Theses on the Techlash

“The problem is not to use technology but to realize that one is used by it.”- Paul Virilio   Once a term gets widely adopted by the press, and earns … Continue reading

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Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirty-Sixth Week

And now you know that the most realistic virus movies are the ones in which the virus wins. * There’s no point in being frustrated when the elastic ear loops … Continue reading

October 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirty-Fifth Week

You say that when someone is wearing a mask you cannot tell cannot really tell if they are truly smiling and though that may be it is worth bearing in … Continue reading

October 21, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirty-Fourth Week

You keep telling me that the pandemic is over but the more you insist the more loudly you shout the more furious you get the more I believe that the … Continue reading

October 14, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirty-Third Week

Remember: even now after all this time you still have not survived the plague, even now you still have only survived the plague thus far. * I know you long … Continue reading

October 7, 2022 · 1 Comment

The Internet is Broken. Can We Fix It? – A Review of Ben Tarnoff’s “Internet for the People”

Can you remember the moment when you first suspected that there was something wrong with the internet? Was it when you started to get creepily specific targeted ads? Was it … Continue reading

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Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirty-Second Week

If you turn on the news you will hear it said that the pandemic is over though this will certainly come as quite a surprise to the virus. * “The … Continue reading

September 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirty-First Week

If only there was a specific date a clear singular one to which we could connect the pandemic we would be able to know which date to set aside as … Continue reading

September 23, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirtieth Week

If you spend enough time atop a plateau it becomes easy to forget how high above the ground you truly are. * You must understand we are in a different … Continue reading

September 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Ninth Week

Should you find yourself wondering why it is that some people continue behaving as though there is a pandemic consider that it may be because there is still a pandemic. … Continue reading

September 9, 2022 · 1 Comment

Life’s a Glitch – what the non-apocalypse of Y2K can teach us

As families watched from home, Dick Clark stood on the steps of the town hall hosting the final New Year’s Rocking Eve of the millennium. The excited crowd chanted the … Continue reading

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Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Eighth Week

When we speak of the plague we dream about the before and we fantasize about the after so that we do not have to consider that we are still mired … Continue reading

August 31, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Seventh Week

They were so eager to forget it ever happened that they decided to forget it was still happening. * Should you find that you are still feeling anxious consider cutting … Continue reading

August 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Sixth Week

There’s no point denying it when the pandemic began I was frightened amidst the early uncertainty truly, I was scared but that was long ago these days I have no … Continue reading

August 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Where We’re Going, We’ll Probably Still Need Roads – a Review of Paris Marx’s “Road to Nowhere”

You can learn a lot about your society’s relationship to technology by looking at its streets. Are the roads filled with personal automobiles or trolley-cars, bike lanes or occupied parking … Continue reading

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Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Fifth Week

When you hear them say (and you will hear them say) that we have the tools we need make sure to ask them which public health emergency they are referring … Continue reading

August 9, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Fourth Week

And now when you hear them speak of the public health emergency you have to reply “which one?” * The alarmists and minimizers are united in at least one thing … Continue reading

August 5, 2022 · 1 Comment

Singing About the Dark Times – Theses on Doomerism

In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times. – Brecht   It sure seems like things aren’t going particularly … Continue reading

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Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Third Week

Despite what you may have heard the good old days were predominantly bad though at least back then it was still possible to believe that we would be able to … Continue reading

July 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

All [White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy] is Local

Y’all, it’s bad out there. In case a second concurrent pandemic, Roe v Wade being overturned, and deadly weather caused by climate change weren’t enough, the rising tide of fascism … Continue reading

July 26, 2022 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Second Week

For the virus this will not be the final wave for many of us however this will be the final wave. * Don’t exaggerate it simply isn’t the case that … Continue reading

July 22, 2022 · 1 Comment

Jonah, Cassandra, and the Doom-Sayers — Reading Lewis Mumford During the Pandemic

“If we would conquer the hell that now threatens to engulf us, we must not seek merely for a little less hell, we must not content ourselves with a sort … Continue reading

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Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-First Week

A year ago we celebrated our independence from the plague though this year there is nothing (not even independence from the plague) worth celebrating. * Fireworks are fitting for there … Continue reading

July 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twentieth Week

When we said that we wanted to go back to how it was before the pandemic we did not mean that we wanted to go back fifty years. * If … Continue reading

July 7, 2022 · 1 Comment

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