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Rob Horning on authenticity. What came to my mind is all the authentic things that are not desirable and commodifiable, like poverty, grief etc.
Phalanges and metacarpals: These are bones of the fingers and hands that Trump has used to tweet tirades against black and brown people and to retweet Nazi sympathizers, including, twice, an account called @WhiteGenocideTM with a photo of the founder of the American Nazi Party. Mandible and maxilla: These are the jawbones that Trump has used to denounce Mexican immigrants as “criminals, drug dealers, rapists,” not to mention to refuse to criticize the Ku Klux Klan. ...Read More
Revisiting Rob Horning’s Authenticity as Service: “The discourse of authenticity espoused by marketers posits a pretend space untouched by capitalism where social relations are “real” instead of mercenary. Since all interactions under capitalism are corrupted by generalized exchange, the only way to be “authentic” is to not interact with people. So naturally that’s what marketers sell ...Read More
It is a difficult message: that our blood is different, red and white cells both. When it comes to finding stem cells for bone marrow transplants, the search has to be equally discriminatory. This time the issue is HLA, the human leukocyte antigens present in white blood cells.
“Photography is not just a system of calibrating light, but a technology of subjective decisions.” From the Shirley card and Kodak Gold film to dual skin tone color-balancing algorithms, Sarah Lewis studies how unconscious bias is built into imaging technology.
"In some parts of the world they are revered and protected; in other places they are captured and eaten for dinner. One thing is certain: They’re everywhere."
Astonishing view on this soon-to-become new museum of architecture, reminiscent of Dubaï or Abu Dhabi, a cynical and distopian move. But what a beautiful article, read it on your largest screen
By measuring the rate and scale of these graphene waves, Thibado figured it might be possible to harness it as an ambient temperature power source. So long as the graphene's temperature allowed the atoms to shift around uncomfortably, it would continue to ripple and bend. Place electrodes to either side of sections of this buckling graphene, and you'd have a tiny shifting voltage. ...Read More