“So what is Gamergate “really” about? I think this is the sort of question a philosopher of language would tear apart and scatter the remnants of to the wind, because it lacks any real referent. You guys refuse to appoint a leader or write up a platform or really do any of the things real-life, adult “movements” do.” 

Jesse Singal in NYMag

Querida Jesse,

Have you ever been to a protest or protest organizing meeting before?  In particular left wing or anti-war protests out on the streets and corners?  Very little leadership if any.  Very little message control.

Even the recent climate march in NYC lavished with money and professional organizers you could find a thousand messages and a thousand different groups.  Including a lot of whackos.  Who was the leader of that march?

Outside of ‘climate change bad, do stuff’ what exactly was their message or platform?

On a leaderless road to nowhere apparently...

On a leaderless road to nowhere apparently…

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This week or so Consumptionblog shall endeavor to lose five things.    All these things to be lost will be digital in nature. Can you lose digital ephemera and will anyone really notice?

After Ello we say goodbye to Boing Boing.

Boing Boing.  I first consumed you in a magazine shop in Hillcrest on University between 5th and 6th along with a copy of Future Sex.  Maybe 1993 or 1994.  I was in high school.  Over the years you explained a lot of things to me.  You helped me discover weirdness and counterculture about tech and internet stuff.

I think this was the issue.

I think this was the issue.

But now we’ve drifted away.  Frankie DuBoyz recently called Grantland the “Geographical Center of the American Middlebrow”.  I guess as an insult.  Most certainly as an insult.  But that is what Grantland is explicitly aiming for and they execute it as well or better than anyone else.  You, Boing Boing – have you found your way to sloppy buzzfeed middlebrow on purpose?  Because that is where you’ve ended up.  One day’s content turns up the usual:

Scratching consumer itches.

w00t!

w00t!

Plausible deniability advertisements. 

It's NOT an Ad!

It’s NOT an Ad!

Bland, orthodox left over left politics.

What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

RIYL is a pretty good podcast.

I don’t like your demographic.  Your tee girl says it all.

Doesn't she just scream 'Boing Boing'?

Doesn’t she just scream ‘Boing Boing’?

Boing Boing.  Sadly after over 20 years I officially lose you.

Rant: Medium in 2013

Posted: September 24, 2014 in 2013, 2014, Reviews
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Dear Medium,

Why am I getting coffee and twitter stories from 2013 on Medium? 

Why can’t I simply look at the newest stories and such.  This is the future, not 2013, not my preferences.   I want ‘new’ bent to my preferences.

I might want something outside of a preference for stories on coffee.  Enjoying a cup of coffee in 2013 is so different than enjoying a cup of coffee in 2014.  I grind my own beans in 2014.  I do a pour over or cold brew.  No more 1819. 

cafe-1820

No more 2013.  Reading tweets from 2013 is ridiculous.  Reading tweets from July of 2014 is ridiulous.  There is no such thing as ‘catching up on Twitter’.  There is only two seconds ago, controversy and forgotten about.

Gerlach, NV – (CN)

In line with one of the 10 Principles, Gifting, an authorized product from Burning Man has been given away for free this week.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Burn

FREE!

FREE!

Written under the non de guerre ‘Sean Kemp’, the product  was a collaboration between the now obliterated “Burning Man Arts Foundation” and the “Vogon Foundation of Soviet Canuckistan”.

“I started creating this product back in 2004,” sighed “Sean”,  I finished the first product version in 2004 actually.  Since then I’ve been going back and forth with the Burning Man Sexy Censorship Board (BMSCB) and the Vogon Committee for Publishing until this year.  I’m never creating another product again.”

After initially selling for the Burning Man price of $9.99 its now being given away here, on Consumptionblog for free:

 

 “Don’t Panic”

 

The End

Dear Beloved Burners,

Grover Norquist is NOT an example of Radical Inclusion.

He is a privileged white guy with a beard and an MBA.

norquistBman

 

He’ll spend too much at the Walmart in Reno for a bunch of stuff he’ll never use.

He’ll get a bit dusty and see a bunch of awesome art.

He’ll get all pill’d up and dance for six hours at White Ocean one night.

He’ll yell and curse during Exodus on Monday.

He’ll fit right in.

“I think it’s best if no one Googles anybody from now on”

 

Arby