"The advent of the smartphone has usurped leisure time from the working able-bodied. According to the Critical Art Ensemble , a tactical media collective, people with smartphones are cyborgs who can be accessed at all time as autonomous 24-hour workstations. We’ve moved from a system based on the production and consumption of goods to a mystical finance capitalism. The increased virtuality of labor, not unlike the administering of biomedical technology, is meant to make life more convenient. Increased ease of life is the ideal that we assume technology fulfills. And yet as advanced capitalism has deemed the physical body an obsolete, outdated tool, the body still remains. It continues to fail under capitalist conditions and gets pathologized as illness. The body is another inconvenience that must be enhanced and optimized."
— CAROLYN LAZARD, HOW TO BE A PERSON IN THE AGE OF AUTOIMMUNITY (via julianahuxtable)
"…the rise of the faux-vintage photo is an attempt to create a sort of “nostalgia for the present,” an attempt to make our photos seem more important, substantial and real. We want to endow the powerful feelings associated with nostalgia to our lives in the present. And, ultimately, all of this goes well beyond the faux-vintage photo; the momentary popularity of the Hipstamatic-style photo serves to highlight the larger trend of our viewing the present as increasingly a potentially documented past."
- The Faux-Vintage Photo: Full Essay (Parts I, II and III) » Cyborgology by Nathan Jungerson
i’ve decided it’s a three-way tie for my favourite non-fiction reads of 2011. i’ll select a short quote from each of them and post them here.