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Hi hi!

Time for a 'lil . My name is Silvio, I'm Italian but I live in the Netherlands. In the past I researched artistic "post-digital" publishing, I wrote about the entrepreneurial ideology in relation to precarity, and did a lot of other stuff such as graphic design, web development, installations, net art, zines, weird tools, videoclips… I'm starting to suspect that consistency is not among my core skills :oh_no_bubble:

Right now I'm mostly busy documenting and understanding a sense of disillusionment that seems to permeate the design field.

Currently, I'm an assistant professor in design theory and criticism at the Center for Other Worlds in Lisbon ( and I'm part of, a lovely space dedicated to everyday technology.

I toot mostly about , , and . Also, I enjoy posting "unacceptable" CW puns.

While writing about the past and the present of computer usership, I amassed a mastodontic year-long thread. That was fun :)

The attached photo is by @joak

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So, after one year of read-write time about computers I thought of having a Mastodon première of The User Condition, a looong text on computer agency and behavior. Here's the link, enjoy:

Of course I'm profoundly grateful for the help that I received from all of you people here (check acknowledgements at the bottom).

Needless to say, I welcome feedback, criticism, bug/misspells reports and whatever else comes to mind :)

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Is there any good research that explores the interactions between culture, fandom and internet culture?


"There was a time when academia was society's refuge for the eccentric, brilliant , and impractical. No longer. It is now the domain of professional self-marketers. As for the eccentric, brilliant, and impractical: it would seem society now has no place for them at all."

– David Graeber, 2016

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Stanisław Lem: "pkd is the only American science fiction writer that is worth reading" ( )
pkd: "Stanisław Lem is a communist committee" ( )

me finishing reading the book I assigned to students before the course starts

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from birdsite: "honey that's not a ~🌱digital garden🌱~ you're just sharecropping on an AWS server farm" - @hellagrapes

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A nice word I just learned: "dolorifuge" which means painkiller and was invented by Thomas Hardy

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AI, arte e bisogno di riconoscimento

La prospettiva soggettivistica moderna non produce solo l'illusione del Soggetto-Artista e i luoghi comuni sul Genio-Artista-Maledetto o sull' Artista-Creativo, ma anche il bisogno di sentirsi riconosciuto come Artista da parte di una comunità.

Ci sono interi modelli di business fondati su questo bisogno illusorio: accademie, corsi online, produttori di device, ecc... C'è un esercito di Andrea Diprè che si alimenta del narcisismo degli artisti.


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I've never really got into submitting my research to academic journals, they're super hard to access and read even when you work for an institution that subscribes to them, have very long delays from submission to publication, and are often super expensive to publish open access (££££s)..
That's been fine because google scholar is good at picking up conference papers etc that other citation databases do not.
But I just had the realisation that if google scholar went away (which is entirely possible, based on google's record) then I'd have no record of my work or its citations.. and I'm not sure what to do about that. I've been thinking of uploading all my papers to zenodo, but despite having DOIs, stuff there is practically ignored by other databases (including google scholar!). I'm not sure what to do about this..
Academic publishing and reporting is a total mess, completely compromised by publishing companies like Elsevier, with absolutely *astonishing* profit margins, and heavy investments in fossil fuels..

[help] reference of the ideology of "nodism" 

I have the following sentence in a text: "Design, in this sense, reflects a network ideology where each node is equivalent and meaningless in itself, because meaning lies in the edges."

And I would like to back up with a reference this idea of "nodism" which I'm sure I've read somewhere, but I can't recall where. Any suggestion?

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Just had a peek into this book that discusses floppy disks as a cultural practice — excellent stuff

"[Academics] are scholars - people who research, analyze, and interpret things - even if increasingly, they're really scholarly souls trapped in a bureaucrat's body." - David Graeber, 2015

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death of a important person 

Do you know HTTPS Everywhere or LetsEncrypt? One, if not the head behind it was Peter Eckersley. He has done a lot for the security of our internet.

He just died rather suddenly.

Raise a glass for him today evening. You owe him one.

via @qbi @evacide

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Promptism: what you say is what you get. A verbalization of making, different from writing code, where words are bricks. Here, instead, words are invocations, requests, a form of indirect delegation of tasks to the general intellect.

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