Tag: Digital Culture

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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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A Catholicism for the Twenty-First Century: An Interview with a Tradinista

  (Image used with permission of the Tradinistas) Alex Anderson is a contributor to the Tradinista Manifesto, a document from a Christian socialist group which seeks to unify Catholic teaching with Marxist economics. I interviewed Anderson about the integration of two different groups and the state of Catholicism in the 21st century. Diginativ: So the end […]

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Leftist Twitter User @PissPigGrandDad joins YPG to Combat ISIS in Northern Syria

There have been several reports and instances of ISIS recruiting Westerners for combat in Syria, though the phenomenon of Westerners joining ISIS resistance movements hasn’t been quite as widely discussed. Recently, Twitter user @PissPigGrandDad boarded a plane to Syria to join the YPG (the People’s Protection Units), a guerrilla combat force in Nothern Syria, and […]

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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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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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JOSIP ON DECK > YOUR FAVORITE ANIME

Enigmatic alternative rapper Josip On Deck has cut his teeth on the world wide web. He has become omnipresent through both his use of social media and a ‘do-it-yourself’ aesthetic and has amassed quite the following on websites like 4Chan and YouTube. With almost 100 singles available and hundreds of thousands of hits on his […]

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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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Memes: The Clarion Call of the Proletariat

“He who controls the memes, controls the millennials!” – Unknown social media strategist From emulating the emoji-laden language of a teenage fangirl on Snapchat to posing for selfies with Kim Kardashian on Twitter, Hillary Clinton and her team of new media “experts” have invested heavily in creating an online persona that young people would (hopefully) find […]

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How aesthetics—a key category of axiology, or the philosophy of value—became a meme.

  Recently, the word “aesthetic” has emerged or re-emerged in the young Western lexicon, which is exciting—to me, anyway, since this re-emergence would seem to reflect a sincere interest in value theory despite the nihilistic thread that’s trending hard on the human tapestry. A simple scan of online communities will reflect this fact. Since my […]