Author: Clipper Arnold

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Das Video Game Kapital

Co-Authors: Clipper Arnold and Sam Thomas Introduction   “All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned” – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party[1]   The gaming industry is a recent victim of capital’s constant need to revolutionize itself, resulting in its own ossification. The telos of […]

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Stop Protecting Hate Speech

Sign the petition here. “For the future of our democracy, we must protect bigoted speech from government censorship.” – American Civil Liberties Union Stop protecting hate speech. There is no value in defending the rights of those who incite harm and violence against susceptible minority groups and cultivate an atmosphere of clear and present danger. There […]

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Sky Blade Cloud on ROM-Hacking: Online Video Game Fan Translation Projects

Something in the digital ether has given rise to novel forms of altruism. Under rational, self-interested models of market systems, there’s not much of a “logical” reason for someone to upload every episode of Bleach (for instance) to YouTube or torrent websites. Quite the opposite, in fact. In doing so, users expose themselves to the […]

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Solomon Bobinac | Artist Profile

Solomon Bobinac is a prolific 14-year-old from West Phoenix. He attends the Metropolitan Arts Institute. Much of his work has manifested as fliers and album art for local musicians. He’s made artistic contributions for Playboy Manbaby, Red Tank!, Captain Samurai, and Sore.  His art runs the gamut from digital collages which draw from a diverse pop-cultural milieu […]

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Only 90s Kids Will Get This: The Demise of Traditional Hegemonic Media Consumption

“The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed” – William Gibson It’s been previously posited that the “90s-kid” obsession with nostalgia for pop-cultural artifacts reflects millennial distress over significant technological disparities on our generational bookends. We experienced technology in a way that previous generations never had before, and in ways that are […]

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Milk Gallery: Virtual Art Museums and the Digital Gallery Experience

Milk Gallery is a virtual art museum created by @beefmilk from Twitter. The program incorporates work from various artists from the far reaches of the internet into a gamified virtual experience. You can walk (not run, as the entrance sign advises) and jump through the gallery at your leisure. A hyperreal ambient soundtrack belies the […]

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Leika Kitamura | Artist Profile

Leika Kitamura is 17-year-old artist and writer. She lives in Glendale, Arizona and attends the Metropolitan Arts Institute in downtown Phoenix. She also displayed work at our launch show on February 26th. What themes or subjects are typically involved in your art? Are there any particular styles or influences you would cite? Leika Kitamura: Right […]

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Digimon: A Postcyberpunk Narrative of Digital Natives and Digital Nomadism

Introduction I personally have been, and continue to be today, a fan of Digimon. Perhaps some of this derives from rose-tinted, bittersweet nostalgia. Though, it spoke to me as a child, and continues to speak to me. Digimon incorporated narratives of friendship and morality to be expected of children’s media, though it also encouraged and […]