This new faith has emerged from a bizarre fusion of the cultural bohemianism of San Francisco with the hi-tech industries of Silicon Valley. Promoted in magazines, books, tv programmes, Web sites, newsgroups and Net conferences, the Californian Ideology promiscuously combines the free-wheeling spirit of the hippies and the entrepreneurial zeal of the yuppies.
THE CALIFORNIAN IDEOLOGY BY RICHARD BARBROOK AND ANDY CAMERON, 1995 (via digitalmillenium)
You must see with eyes unclouded by hate. See the good in that which is evil, and the evil in that which is good. Pledge yourself to neither side, but vow instead to preserve the balance that exists between the two.
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ALMOST EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE. NEARLY NOTHING IS OKAY. IS GRAPHIC DESIGN WORTH ANYTHING IF WORTH MEANT SOMETHING. WHAT SHOULD I DO, BUT FIRST WHAT IS AN ‘I’. HOW CAN I HELP THE ONE WHO ASKED ME FOR HELP AGAINST THE STATE NOT THE STATE OF MIND BUT A POWERFUL STATE. TYPOGRAPHY SOLVED NOTHING ASKED NOTHING MAKES NOTING.
A common way out of this argument is not to answer the question (e.g. with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’), but to challenge the assumption behind the question. To use an earlier example, a good response to the question “Have you stopped beating your wife?” would be “I have never beaten my wife”. This removes the ambiguity of the expected response, therefore nullifying the tactic. However, the askers of said questions have learned to get around this tactic by accusing the one who answers of dodging the question. A rhetorical question such as “Then please explain, how could I possibly have beaten a wife that I’ve never had?” can be an effective antidote to this further tactic, placing the burden on the deceptive questioner either to expose their tactic or stop the line of inquiry. In many cases a short answer is important. I neither did nor do I now makes a good example on how to answer the question without letting the asker interrupt and misshape the response.
Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism popularized the term “thought-terminating cliché”. This refers to a cliché that is a commonly used phrase, or folk wisdom, sometimes used to quell cognitive dissonance. Though the clichéd phrase in and of itself may be valid in certain contexts, its application as a means of dismissing dissent or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating.
The language of the totalist environment is characterized by the thought-terminating cliché. The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed. These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis.
But it’s not just a numbers game. “Sometimes the ‘likes’ I get on Facebook and Tumblr do the opposite of making me feel validated,” Bebe said. “If the people who ‘like’ the photo are uncool in my eyes, I feel misunderstood and frustrated. I wonder, ‘why would this photo appeal to this person? Did I miss the mark and accidentally create something approachable?’”
What It’s Like to Be Tumblr Famous | Motherboard (via noroomforgrowth)
The Neue Designer no longer deals in graphics; the new ‘designed’ commodity is the essay, the TED Talk, the symposium…
compass of design-on-tumblr
This is good. As you can see The Quietest Noise on Earth is off the charts floating somewhere in the stratosphere.
Damn, didn’t make it. Why do I even exist?