Algorithmic regulation

Algorithmic regulation

New York, Aug. 24, 1964–A Queens housewife today was the first person to be arrested thru use of a new electronic computer. Mrs. Gloria Placente, 30, was the first victim of a system which the New York police department and the Univac division of Sperry Rand...
Direct Action

Direct Action

The destruction of the environment alongside the obscene militarization of the State forces activists to reconsider tactics and priorities; otherwise we can only gawk at the slow gears of electoral politics that fail to halt humanity’s quick descent into oblivion....
Your Quantified Self

Your Quantified Self

  Today I took 5765 steps, blinked 28,480 times and breathed in and out exactly 23,642 times. I consumed 1576 calories – 297 of them from fat. 672 of those calories were subsequently burned by high-impact cardiovascular exercise. Over the course of the day, I used the...
Glitter Bomb

Glitter Bomb

  I’m jostled in the back, sharp elbows spear at my ribs. I trip forward, catch myself against the wall of bodies. Yells ripple over the crowd – a sea of white faces impatient for the arrival of the candidates. A man turns to face me. “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,” his...
Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Love is an abstract idea. It is more often experienced vicariously through fiction or biased journalism, than it is through the reality of the individual. When thrust beneath the holistic umbrella of rock ‘n’ roll and the artistic extremism that encompasses it, this...
Perpetual War

Perpetual War

Raging civil wars in both Iraq and Syria, among other places in the Middle East, are prompting some Americans to view neoconservative ideology with a renewed rigor. The rise of the Islamic State and the recent terror attacks claimed or inspired by the group — like the...
Cracks in the Liberal Order

Cracks in the Liberal Order

In the twenty-five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the architecture of liberal modernity has looked relatively stable. Not flawless or wonderful or ideal, to be sure; not free of discontents and decadence. But it’s been hard to imagine the basic liberal...
Liquid Evil

Liquid Evil

There is nothing new about evil; it has been with us since time immemorial. But there is something new about the kind of evil that characterizes our contemporary liquid-modern world. The evil that characterized earlier forms of solid modernity was concentrated in the...
Your Data and You

Your Data and You

Imagine that the US Government passed a law requiring all citizens to carry a tracking device. Such a law would immediately be found unconstitutional. Yet we carry our cell phones everywhere. If the local police department required us to notify it whenever we made a...
Economics is destiny

Economics is destiny

Get it wrong: People revolt, ecosystems collapse, empires fall. Get it right—even for a brief moment: A surge of optimism, creativity and enlightenment pulses throughout the land. After sixty boom years, it looks as though the world’s economic destiny is taking a...