Recent years have seen a revival of the heated culture wars of the 1990s, but this time its battle ground is the internet. On the other side, a culture of struggle sessions and virtue signalling lurks behind a therapeutic language of trigger warnings and safe spaces. On one side the "alt right" ranges from the once obscure neo-reactionary and white separatist movements, to geeky subcultures like 4chan, to more mainstream manifestations such as the Trump-supporting gay libertarian Milo Yiannopolous.
Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative?John Hunt Publishing - After 1989, far from ending, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system - a situation that the bank crisis of 2008, actually compounded. But it will also show that, because of a number of inconsistencies and glitches internal to the capitalist reality program capitalism in fact is anything but realistic.
Using examples from politics, work and education, fiction, films, it argues that capitalist realism colours all areas of contemporary experience. The book analyses the development and principal features of this capitalist realism as a lived ideological framework.
The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and ReasonAtria Books - The chapo guide to revolution features illustrated taxonomies of contemporary liberal and conservative characters, “never before seen” drafts of Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom manga, billionaires are turned into Soylent, biographies of important thought leaders, and the ten new laws that govern Chapo Year Zero everyone gets a dog, and logic is outlawed.
Instant new york times bestseller “Howard Zinn on acid or some bullsh*t like that. Tim heidecker the creators of the cult-hit podcast chapo trap house deliver a manifesto for everyone who feels orphaned and alienated—politically, and economically—by the bloodless Wall Street centrism of the Democrats and the lizard-brained atavism of the right: there is a better way, culturally, the Chapo Way.
The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason - In a manifesto that renders all previous attempts at political satire obsolete, The Chapo Guide to Revolution shows you that you don’t have to side with either the pear-shaped vampires of the right or the craven, lanyard-wearing wonks of contemporary liberalism. These self-described “assholes from the internet” offer a fully ironic ideology for all who feel politically hopeless and prefer broadsides and tirades to reasoned debate.
However, if you feel disenfranchised from the political and cultural nightmare we’re in, then Chapo, let’s go. If you’re a fan of sacred cows, prisoners being taken, and holds being barred, then this book is NOT for you.
Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New MillenniumCrown - In why we hate us, meyer absolutely nails America’s early-twenty-first-century mood disorder. We hate us and we wonder why. Why we hate us reveals why we do and also offers a thoughtful and uplifting prescription for breaking out of our current morass and learning how to hate us less. But we are down on America.
He points out the most widespread carriers of the why-we-hate-us germs, including the belligerence of partisan politics that perverts our democracy, the vulgarity of Hollywood entertainment, the superficiality and untrustworthiness of the news media, the cult of celebrity, the decline of once common manners, and the disappearance of authentic neighborhoods and voluntary organizations the kind that have actual meetings where one can hobnob instead of just clicking in an online contribution.
Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium - Meyer argues—with biting wit and observations that make you want to shout, “Yes! I hate that too!”—that when the social, spiritual, and political turmoil that followed the sixties collided with the technological and media revolution at the turn of the century, something inside us hit overload.
So why do we hate us? according to dick meyer, myspace, the following items on this much abbreviated list are some of the contributors to our deep disenchantment with our own culture:Cell-phone talkers broadcasting the intimate details of their lives in public spacesWorship of self-awareness, and kids being taught to market themselvesHigh-level cheating in business and sportsReality television and the cosmetic surgery boomMultinational corporations that claim, “Eat Me”Facebook, and self-fulfillmentT-shirts that read, self-realization, “We care about you.
The decline of organic communitiesA line of cosmetics called “S. L. U.
This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture The MIT PressThe MIT Press - We don't just have a trolling problem, Phillips argues; we have a culture problem. Phillips describes, exploitation is a leisure activity; for media, the relationship between trolling and sensationalist corporate media—pointing out that for trolls, for example, it's a business strategy. In this provocative book, whitney Phillips argues that trolling, widely condemned as obscene and deviant, actually fits comfortably within the contemporary media landscape.
. To quote a famous Internet meme, trolling is why we can't have nice things online. They take pleasure in ruining a complete stranger's day and find amusement in their victim's anguish. In short, trolling is the obstacle to a kinder, gentler Internet. She shows how trolls, “the grimacing poster children for a socially networked world, ” align with social media.
This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture The MIT Press - They gleefully whip the media into a frenzy over a fake teen drug crisis; they post offensive messages on Facebook memorial pages, traumatizing grief-stricken friends and family; they use unabashedly racist language and images. Or at least that's what we have been led to believe. Why the troll problem is actually a culture problem: how online trolling fits comfortably within today's media landscape.
Internet trolls live to upset as many people as possible, using all the technical and psychological tools at their disposal. This is why we can't have nice Things isn't only about trolls; it's about a culture in which trolls thrive.
Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of TrumpVerso - The story of the remarkable resurgence of right-wing extremists in the United StatesJust as Donald Trump’s victorious campaign for the US presidency shocked the world, militia leaders, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, and mysterious “alt-right” figures mystifies many.
Nurtured by a powerful right-wing media sector in radio, TV, Tea Party movement conservatives, the far right, and online, and Republican activists found common ground. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found fresh life; and in virulent reaction to the first black US president, militant racists have come out of the woodwork.
Figures such as stephen bannon, milo Yiannopoulos, once rightly dismissed as cranks, and Alex Jones, now haunt the reports of mainstream journalism. Investigative reporter David Neiwert has been tracking extremists for more than two decades. But the american extreme right has been growing steadily in number and influence since the 1990s with the rise of patriot militias.
Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump - In alt-america, he provides a deeply researched and authoritative report on the growth of fascism and far-right terrorism, the violence of which in the last decade has surpassed anything inspired by Islamist or other ideologies in the United States. The product of years of reportage, and including the most in-depth investigation of Trump’s ties to the far right, this is a crucial book about one of the most disturbing aspects of American society.
Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost FuturesZero Books - This collection of writings by Mark Fisher, author of the acclaimed Capitalist Realism, argues that we are haunted by futures that failed to happen. Fisher searches for the traces of these lost futures in the work of David Peace, Christopher Nolan, John Le Carré, Joy Division, Burial and many others.
Give Them an Argument: Logic for the LeftZero Books - Many serious leftists have learned to distrust talk of logic and logical fallacies, associated with right-wing "logicbros". Unlike the neoliberal technocrats, who can point to social problems and tell people "trust us", the serious Left must learn how to argue and persuade. This is a serious mistake. In give them an argument, Ben Burgis arms his reader with the essential knowledge of formal logic and informal fallacies.
The Weird and the EerieRepeater - Both have often been associated with Horror, yet this emphasis overlooks the aching fascination that such texts can exercise. What exactly are the weird and the eerie? in this new essay, Mark Fisher argues that some of the most haunting and anomalous fiction of the 20th century belongs to these two modes.
Lovecraft, H. The weird and the eerie both fundamentally concern the outside and the unknown, which are not intrinsically horrifying, even if they are always unsettling. Perhaps a proper understanding of the human condition requires examination of liminal concepts such as the weird and the eerie. These two modes will be analysed with reference to the work of authors such as H.
The Weird and the Eerie - James, daphne du maurier, and films by stanley kubrick, Christopher Priest, Nigel Kneale, Joan Lindsay, Alan Garner and Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Glazer and Christoper Nolan. The weird and the eerie are closely related but distinct modes, each possessing its own distinct properties. P. G. Wells, M. R.
Neoreaction a Basilisk: Essays on and Around the Alt-Right- A software engineer sets out to design a new political ideology, and ends up concluding that the Stewart Dynasty should be reinstated. We're all going to die, and probably horribly. A philosopher suffers a mental breakdown and retreats to China, where he finds the terrifying abyss at the heart of modern liberalism.
Are these omens of the end times, or just nerds getting up to stupid hijinks? Por que no los dos!Neoreaction a Basilisk is a savage journey into the black heart of our present eschaton. But at least we can laugh at how completely ridiculous it is to be killed by a bunch of frog-worshiping manchildren. Featuring essays on:* tentacled computer gods at the end of the universe* deranged internet trolls who believe women playing video games will end western civilization* The black mass in which the President of the United States sacrificed his name* Fringe economists who believe it's immoral for the government to prevent an asteroid from hitting the Earth* The cabal of lizard people who run the world* How to become a monster that haunts the future* Why infusing the blood of teenagers for eternal youth is bad and stupid.
Neoreaction a Basilisk: Essays on and Around the Alt-Right - A cult receives disturbing messages from the future, where the artificial intelligence they worship is displeased with them.
Babbling Corpse: Vaporwave And The Commodification Of GhostsZero Books - Babbling corpse reveals vaporwave's many intersections with politics, media theory, and our present fascination with uncanny, cosmic horror. Vaporwave is an infant musical micro-genre that foregrounds the horror of electronic media's ability to appear - as media theorist Jeffrey Sconce terms it - "haunted.
Experimental musicians such as internet club and macintosh plUS manipulate Muzak and commercial music to undermine the commodification of nostalgia in the age of global capitalism while accentuating the uncanny properties of electronic music production. Ours is a time of ghosts in machines, killing meaning and exposing the gaps inherent in the electronic media that pervade our lives.
Babbling Corpse: Vaporwave And The Commodification Of Ghosts - The book is aimed at those interested in global capitalism's effect on art, musical raids on mainstream "indie" and popular music, and anyone intrigued by the changing relationship between art and commerce. In the age of global capitalism, vaporwave celebrates and undermines the electronic ghosts haunting the nostalgia industry.