One of the first topics of 2021 is a primer on the subject of Grey Hat Accelerationism (GHX) published across several posts.
In this series, we break down some of the core concepts/influences of GHX into bite size chunks with links to source material. Some of the terminology at first…
Just a brief update to note that there are multiple articles in the works for 2021 including:
Expect some re-design to happen on the publication, additional authors some who will publish under the swam text Accelerating Meltdown name, and others under their own nom de plume.
Welcome to the year of the Ox.
This year has certainly been one for the history books. Even attempting a retrospective would do it little justice, simply put you had to have lived through it.
As we enter 2021 the vaccine rollout has begun, Trump has essentially been de-throned, the UK scrambled for a last-minute Brexit deal and many are hoping some sort of normality will begin to appear. Will the West begin to start piecing itself back together again?
What is certain is that the events of 2020 have radically transformed the workplace for many. The investments into remote work, reducing physical footprints with regards to office space, and the other decentralizing trends will very likely continue unabated in 2021.
So let’s wrap this year up with a nod to the future and see what trends hold.
Happy New Year.
“Competitive branding became a necessity of the machine age — within a context of manufactured sameness; image-based difference had to be manufactured along with the product. — Naomi Klein — No Logo”
You couldn’t kill a zaibatsu by assassinating a dozen key executives; there were others waiting to step up the ladder, assume the vacated position, access the vast banks of corporate memory — William Gibson, Neuromancer
Zaibatsu’s (to riff off Gibson’s Cyberpunk nomenclature for Transnational companies) have a front-row seat, a…
The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offence. — Edsger W. Dijkstra
There is no more fitting metaphor for what we are seeing right now on a macro scale, than what we have seen at the micro with various state unemployment…
Fear the vulture and the vulture will come. Fear nothing and you are the vulture. — Suzy Kassem
Elon Musk really set the cat among the pigeons recently with his plans to re-open the Fremont Tesla plant for production against Alameda county’s demands it remain shut until May 18th.
With the world in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is time aplenty to revisit some previous articles on accelerationism that appeared towards the end of 2019. One such example is from November last year. Zack Beauchamp writing for Vox penned a lengthy article on accelerationism. Or more specifically…
Describe your street. Lamp poles, pavement, houses, common architectural features. Describe another street and you will encounter much of the same.
Next, compare the differences. One may have a church, the small gargoyle peering at you, unique to this building. The houses may incorporate different coloured doors. …