Agata Pyzik writes about Ostalgia in Frieze, brilliant from start to finish: "Just as Žižek has already published 30-odd books, in which he calls for a reevaluation of the idea of Communism, one might well ask: is this an infinite project, serving only the perpetual Ostalgie business? How many times is the same ‘Idea of Communism’ (the title of a book by Tariq Ali) being sold to us?"
Social Media in the Age of Enlightenment (Open Culture.) "Europeans living in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries had to deal with their own version of information overload. Emerging postal systems, the proliferation of short letters..and the birth of newspapers and pamphlets all pumped unprecedented amounts of information — valuable information, gossip, chatter and the rest — through newly-emerging social networks, which eventually played a critical role in the French Revolution"
The Spy Who Liked Me by Kashmir Hill: The curious stranger wasn’t a single-looking-to-mingle. “She” was a (male) security consultant for a company called Cyberoam in Bangalore, India, that is finding out how easy it is to exploit social media for corporate espionage. (Forbes)
Videos from Thrilling Wonder Stories in London, feauting Bruce Sterling, Liam Young, Kevin Slavin, Julian Bleecker, and Vincenzo Natali.
"There is a writer in New York, Andrew Blum, who has a book coming out about physical Internet infrastructure. He was giving a lecture and handing out postcards of “data monuments” in New York City, and I asked him if these are monuments, what is their message or symbolism? What do they reveal about the culture that built them? The answer is that their message is one of ambivalence: while their presence is not completely concealed, it’s not flaunted either. Although service providers need to let potential clients know where they are, they generally decline to make their presence known beyond that market. Andrew did say that he envisions “brewery tour” style visits, where folks can visit Internet buildings and come to look at cute little exhibits. I’m not so sure about that. " - Ben Mendelsohn, director of Bundled, Buried and Behind Closed Doors. Interview with This Big City