ISSUE 1.25

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Political Pessimism

Big data psychowar hijacking elections, microcelebrity, late capitalism, cyberattack, and more.

[theguardian.com]

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

"This is not just a story about social psychology and data analytica. It has to be understood in terms of a military contractor using military strategies on a civilian population." An amazing and frightening read about the origins of Cambridge Analytics, the "psychological warfare" firm that played a large part in Trump's win in the US, and Brexit's success in the UK.

[bloomberg.com]

The Scientists Fighting to Save Us From a World Without Coffee

I'm not all that into "OMG I NEED MY COFFEE" as a meme (even though I do), but can you imagine a world where people who have previously had coffee suddenly did not have coffee? I also read somewhere that coffee was crucial in the industrial revolution, which is a neato idea. Anyways, this article is about how climate change is going to screw over coffee and how Big Coffee's scientists are genetically engineering coffee plants that can withstand a climate changed future.

[theoutline.com]

The insidious rise of the microcelebrity

A tiny little thinkpiece on minicelebrity, which, let's face it, is better than nocelebrity. I'm being painfully tongue-in-cheek here, as I'm violently aware of my simultaneous disgust for and desire of celebrity. Still, at least with a hundred thousand followers at least a couple people are gonna buy your book.

[boingboing.net]

Crashed computer at Oslo pizzeria reveals covert facial recognition scheme

Hey, man. You really gotta facial recognize me while I order a pizza?

[theguardian.com]

NHS seeks to recover from global cyber-attack as security concerns resurface

Ransomware snakes its way into hospitals, endangering huge numbers of people. Seriously, fuck these guys.

[creators.vice.com]

Moodica Is the Netflix of Zen Video Content

OK, now that you've been thoroughly stressed out by all of this bad news, here's something nice: a site where you can just watch really chill videos. BTW, I am not sponsored by Moodica, but maybe I should be--getting you really stressed out and then plugging the potential emotional solution is some devious marketing, [wo]man. Oops, I hope I didn't stress you out again. Anyways - some very chill GIFs inside.

[futurism.com]

For the First Time Ever, a Robot Performed an Operation Inside a Human Eye

On the topic of watching things - sweet. Both in that this is about working with your eyes, and also in that there's a neat promotional video inside (but gross warning: inside of bodies and stuff).

[youtube.com]

SKNAIL - Snail Charmers

Take a load-off with this cool, jazzy, glitch video created by SKNAIL. It's from their new "IDM jazz album", which is about as cool of a three words as I've heard today. On top of that, the video is created by the inimitable U─čur Engin Deniz, who is one of my favorite glitch artists. Thanks to M. Reinhardt for forwarding this one along.