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Il meme del decennio? La risposta è scontata e inappellabile.

Surgelato nel rigor mortis di una foto stock, il suo sorriso cortese malcela l'angoscia tradita dal suo sguardo da preda. In un ambiente standard IKEA un giovane invecchiato troppo in fretta sorseggia distratto un caffè annacquato mentre archivia l'ennesima email: fa buon viso, o quasi, a cattivo gioco. Auguri Harold, sei tutti noi.

database, collective action, tech work

"This project attempts to document all collective actions from workers in the tech industry.

The goal is to give us, tech workers, insights on trends in worker power in the tech industry. This archive is meant to provide us with the data to find the connections between different struggless and to let us reflect on these moments of worker power in tech.

Currently, there are 211 collective actions documented."

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Drawing non-square, non-grid, trigonometric text columns with Gijs with on this last workday of the year 💥

We're collection our code in this repository:

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«Da un grande potere derivano grandi responsabilità», dice quello.

Epperò la ragione imprenditoriale ha sostituito il potere con il potenziale e la responsabilità con la responsabilizzazione.

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my partner described swans as "just sexy geese" the other day and i keep thinking about it

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i had to look up the history of AIGA on wikipedia now, seems it has never been for design worker’s interest or sth like a trade union. AIGA is only about industry interest and competition, promoting »excellence« in design. no word on labor conditions etc. (specified and narrowminded like most art avantgardes from that time and most universities today)

»the purposeful arrangement of text and images to communicate more effectively, with dignity, elegance and impact; and accomplished with high expectations for the craft of production.« (1911 founding quote)

but thx for pointing out, now there’s an adobe-aiga syndicate … where a design labor syndicate could be 😫

For transparency I'm posting an interview I gave that was supposed to be published on AIGA Eye on Design but ended up on an Adobe blog instead. Not cool.

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the three fatal shots that killed the press:
* desktop publishing has made it easy to design today
* the society of video and images: why read a book when you can watch the movie?
* the electronic distribution

La morte del libro, Erica Moira Pini, AAA Edizioni (1996)

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« is a project that seeks to create a shared online archive of radical, anti-oppressive, and working class movements, and the material traces they have left. The platform will aid the dissemination of archived ephemera from these movements, campaigns, and struggles, casting light on histories of resistance from below. We hope that the project will become a vital resource through opening up archives of radical dissent. It will also offer an occasion to scrutinise digital documents, make connections between materials that conventional cataloguing and metadata systems have often suppressed, and to think of new ways of distributing the archive, or even of creating distributed archives.»

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Typing. Mind boggling that to me that humans have the mind + dexterity for it. And it isn't even a superpower. A certain proficiency for it is actually *expected*.

I'm so grateful that Graphic Means exists, a documentary that is not only a history of graphic design production but also a history of graphic design labor relationships. Watch it!

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Arendt's *Human Condition* categories of activity applied to the online realm:

- Labor: content moderation, microtasking (e.g. Mechanical Turk)
- Work: code, images, designs making and sharing (e.g. GitHub, Thingiverse)
- Action: debate, discussion (e.g. Facebook, Twitter)

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Welcome to, an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.