Cyberculture




There’s an episode of Black Mirror in which everyone’s daily life is recorded like a first person video game (with predictably awful consequences). Seems like part of it might be about to become…





[disinfo ed.’s note: the following is a chapter excerpt from Technocreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy by Thomas P. Keenan] Things were both brutal and creepy in the Paleolithic…


It’s Reset The Net day: The problem The NSA is exploiting weak links in Internet security to spy on the entire world, twisting the Internet we love into something it was never…


Facebook users abandoning the ubiquitous sharing site in droves sounds unlikely but a serious academic study suggests it’s going to happen, reports TIME: Facebook’s growth will eventually come to a quick end,…



Maps of the physical world are obsolete. The vintage web page Atlas of Cyberspaces offers a strange and wonderful collection of nineties-era renderings of digital geographies – including physical infrastructure, virtual gaming…


OK Vine users, now we know your dirty secret, courtesy of New York Magazine: David is a 21-year-old guy from London who listens to Kendrick Lamar, obsessively watches the British TV drama…





Your world is being gamed, reports Nick Wingfield in the New York Times: Congratulations. Reading the first paragraph of this article has earned you a badge. If this made-up award makes you…


Grammar police, start your engines. The Internet is corrupting the English language at an alarming rate per this report from the BBC News Magazine: Online, English has become a common language for…


A certain segment of the tech crowd is aghast at the prospect of the return of Hunter Moore to the so-called “revenge porn” segment of the web. A breathless story by Jessica…



Shawn Wasson at The News Junkie describes his journey into the other Internet: The Internet has evolved quite a bit since I first logged on to CompuServe in 1994. I’d spent a…


Ally Fogg, writing at Heteronormative Patriarchy for Men:

… I don’t have much in the way of informed opinions about misogyny in video games, I’ll leave that to others. Nonetheless I couldn’t help but be sucked in by the debate surrounding Kickstarter Anita Sarkeesian, as good an illustration as we’ll ever need of the vitriol of the new gender wars. An intense storm of hatred was roused by her modest idea to crowd-fund research into sexism in the games industry. The many thousands of hostile comments posted on Sarkeesian’s YouTube video were of course heavily gendered and sexualised, but so too was some of the retaliation – notably Charlie Brooker’s description of the mob as “idiotic pebbledicks” who are terrified of women.

If one of the worst offences committed by sexists and anti-feminists online is to reduce women…