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  • Nowtopians - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    into its logic of money and markets while simultaneously seeking to colonize our very thoughts and control our desires and behaviors new practices are emerging that are redefining politics and opening spaces of unpredictability Instead of traditional political forms like unions or parties people are coming together in practical projects The same inventiveness and creative genius that gets wrongly attributed to capital and business is being applied to planetary ecology Acting locally in the face of unfolding global catastrophes many avoidable were we really to try friends and neighbors are redesigning many of the crucial technological foundations of modern life These redesigns are worked out through garage and backyard research and development programs among friends using the detritus of modern life Our contemporary commons takes the shape of discarded bicycles and leftover deep fryer vegetable oil of vacant lots and open bandwidth Really really free markets anti commodities festivals and free service imaginative products of an anti economy provisionally under construction by freely co operative and inventive people They aren t waiting for an institutional change from on high but are getting on with the building the new world in the shell of the old Chris Carlsson from Nowtopians in

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/nowtopians/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Resisting the "sharing" economy - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    of the market the ruthlessness and greed that give meaning and horror to the capitalist system It follows instead the logic of solidarity and friendship it cannot be turned into a stock it cannot be sold in stores and it cannot be hawked on an infomercial Indeed that is the point And it is because of this that the capitalist system finds it so threatening and why it works so hard to dismantle it While capitalism has always produced alienation the rise of the so called sharing economy facilitated through smartphone apps and fueled by mountains of venture capital is the apotheosis of the system s war against the non economic sphere You can share cars apartments even meals with the touch of a button It promises to take power away from the large corporations and put it into the hands of the individual turning a top down command economy into a peer to peer networked one In reality however it is nothing more than capitalism rebranding itself Having studied complaints about it with all the seriousness of a market researcher it has launched the same old product in a bright shiny new package the New Coke of economic systems Don t believe it The end goal is the same as it always was profit The rhetoric surrounding these services is nothing more than a cover for capitalism s direct colonization of our social interactions our personal relationships becoming nothing more than one more means of production for some far off executive congratulating himself for a job well done No longer content with monopolizing our physical world it has now turned to our social relations as well seeking to reduce something fundamental to who we are into a line item on a balance sheet Under this system getting a ride to the airport staying at someone s house when traveling cooking meals and sharing leftovers are actions undertaken not in the name of friendship and camaraderie but as an impersonal economic transaction The sharing economy is nothing of the sort it is a way for companies to get people to do their work without having to deal with things like wages or benefits It s a way to build a hotel empire without having to build any actual hotels it s how you make money off selling food without making or even buying any yourself it s a fleet of taxis without having to deal with things like fuel costs liability insurance and licensing not to mention ornery unions At best it should be called a renting economy The participants take on all the work and all the risk All the companies do is provide the connections something that can easily be done for free and has been for centuries and yet for some reason the people who create these services are praised as innovators It is a parasitic relationship that masquerades as symbiosis The tragedy of all this is that it has turned an idea with revolutionary potential into

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  • Click Farm - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    another find ways to cope with the absurdity of living death We are obsessed with ourselves and obsessed with freedom we talk endlessly about both because we don t possess either The blindness of our culture begins with the words I and free When spoken betrayal loss and enclosure floats over our lips with the breath The self is a concept marked by the fencing in of life I has become emaciated and reduced to an easily identifiable managed and governable form It is ruthless violence imposed upon the exuberant becoming of life The more I am myself the more I feel crippled and separated from the potential of my being in body intellect and affect The self has never been free It is the mark of servility the form in which it is to masquerade as freedom It has gone too far We cannot simply shake off our chains We have more than them to lose more to overcome Our mode of being is enslaved Capitalism does not exist outside of us It crafts us We have to be obsessed with it It exists within us and oozes from us Man has become servile to the deposit of numbers in ledger columns our being pivots on this tide We must declare war on ourselves and the cultural political and economic systems constructed as idols to the chains of our own entrapment We must break the prison of capital To do this we need politics free from servility Systems founded on the notion of emancipation cornerstoned on the reclamation of a future free from idols old and new This is the politics of potential The politics of multiplication of possibilities for thought and action a politics beyond all concepts and truths beyond all prisons nourished on obsolete language The vital

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  • Flight of the RoboBees - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    solution that could also provide a potential boon for the nation s growing drone industry Replace the dead bees with micro aerial vehicles that pollinate on command robo bees It s a gamble but in these disruptive times even nature needs to innovate if it wants to stay relevant Like a mechanical flash mob as one journalist put it the robo bees are able to efficiently function within a swarm of thousands and self assemble into a variety of shapes including letters numbers and even a five pointed star But it s not just anthophila that are dying en masse Neonic pesticides have also been linked to a more general decline in insect populations across the map which has created a schism in nature s managerial structure fewer insects means less food for birds which means fewer birds and so on and so forth From an engineering perspective birds present a more complex challenge One area where their robotic analogs could be of use is to replace a bird s traditional function of spreading seeds from the various plant life it consumes Using dynamic production materials robo birds could potentially navigate a variety of complex environs both man made and pre existing Although it s likely that less orderly ecosystems such as forests or wetlands would have to be streamlined for testing purposes Just as birds eat insects other animals eat birds so the materials used to construct the robo birds would ultimately have to be quasi organic in order to fulfill a given species role in the broader natural economy But as we go up the food chain it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine a pragmatic and affordable approach While birds and bees can be replicated at a relatively low cost larger animals such as deer or lions require

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/flight-of-the-robobees/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Douglas Haddow, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    IoT often referred to as the so called Internet of Things is a concept that describes an expanding network of devices that are connected to the Internet The term is often Field Guide Part 3 Black Hole of the Internet March 30 2015 by Douglas Haddow Tags 118 Field Guide to Virtual Warfare Deep Web Tor Facebook has 1 32 billion users 864 million of which visit the site everyday for an average of 21 minutes The lion s share of the world s connected not currently located behind the Great Firewall of Field Guide Part 2 Spot the NARC March 26 2015 by Douglas Haddow Tags 118 Field Guide to Virtual Warfare Internet Comments If while reading a news item you ve ever been brave enough to venture below the fold into the vast uncharted darkness of an online comment section you may have noticed how vile offensive and Field Guide Part 1 Plan X March 18 2015 by Douglas Haddow Tags 118 Field Guide to Virtual Warfare Plan X In 2012 DARPA the mad scientist wing of the pentagon revealed a new and highly classified research and development project called PLAN X An effort to bolster the US military s recently established The A I Hail Mary February 11 2015 by Douglas Haddow Tags Techno 118 Artificial Intelligence Virtual Warfare Unexpected item in the bagging area says a prerecorded voice from inside the machine The woman in front of me at the self service check out is confused She wipes her brow and repositions her groceries Life in the Algorithm January 9 2015 by Douglas Haddow Tags economics Aesthetico 117 Algorithm The searches we make the news we read the dates we go on the advertisements we see the products we buy and the music we listen to

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/douglas-haddow/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Stranglehold - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    where human beings find existential meaning in consumption rather than through introspection By living in the woods I was able to locate myself in a greater context exploring the spiritual energy that one may elicit from nature free of charge I was able to reflect on every breakup every bad decision and every disappointing grade I ever had It didn t matter in that space and time When it was time to return home I found it immensely difficult to reintegrate back into urban life I became anxious had trouble making small decisions and finally became depressed Every problem I was able to combat while away had returned with a vengeance The very presence of my personal belongings reminded me who I was consequently determining who I am The happiness I was able to accomplish in solitude began to erode leaving me helpless to the consumer principles that the economic system publicizes as happiness The mirror of society was back in place forcing me to acquire my identity through consumption rather than by showcasing and strengthening the content of my character Capitalism systematically replaces long term happiness with superficial meaning Since that episode I have become lulled back into the comfort of the system and can feel its presence like quicksand beneath me the struggle making matters worse For the logic of capitalism the sense of lack that everyone feels is an opportunity As long as advertisements have the power to make us feel ugly we will buy what makes us feel beautiful Reader submission by Jordan Cassidy published in Issue 112 Blueprint for a New World Part 1 Psycho Share your stories outrage and epiphanies with us for the next installment of the Blueprint for a New World the corporate pathology issue Send your submissions to email protected before

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/stranglehold/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Jordan Cassidy, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Jordan Cassidy Stranglehold March 19 2014 by Jordan Cassidy Tags consumption capitalism nature consumer society 112 existentialism introspection I became anxious had trouble making small decisions and finally became depressed Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical and cultural environments by commercial

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/jordan-cassidy/ (2016-02-09)
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  • capitalism Archives - Page 6 of 6 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    organs and the growing demand for drinking water October 27 2008 Too Big To Fail by Sarah Lazare If global capitalism is to die it will be a death of a million stings September 17 2008 Capitalism Under Assault by Charles Upton The system is busted That much is clear Now many people are experimenting with alternatives Roberto Mangabeira Unger has long been one of those on the cutting edge

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/capitalism/page/6/ (2016-02-09)
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