Looking to the future through the past

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 might seem familiar, but often derives from sources that have re-used a term in a specific way, Bratton’s use of the word “stack” being an obvious one.

Each section can be read on its own and provides a synopsis of a concept or influence, and includes links and references for…

Just a brief update to note that there are multiple articles in the works for 2021 including:

  1. A Grey Hat Accelerationism Primer
  2. Thoughts on the successes of Japanese Urbanism, and how they can be adopted in Brexit Britain
  3. Time Stubs — a Gibson inspired piece on merging the what if, with the now
  4. Reterritorialization — Part 5 — The Networks

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.

Speed and acceleration are merely the dream of making time reversible — Jean Baudrillard

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.

A proliferation of Logos

“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”

Naomi Klein in her famous text No Logo had pointed out that in the machine age, where manufactured sameness was the norm, the concept of branding was a must. This reliance on brands, which have become co-mingled with uniforms as a sign of authority has left us with an interesting tool to examine some of the social disruptions we have seen in 2020.

It would be hard to…

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 provincial view maybe but a view none-the-less of the Outside, of the complex, of the complete. But, this glimpse gives them the power to compel acquiescence from those protesting, not only the complexity of creation but the process that is decoupling, and reformatting eternity.

As a manifestation of the manual…

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 systems across the United States.

Some have accused decrepit COBOL applications running on virtual mainframes as having failed to cope with the surge in unemployment applications. This being the result of Coronaviruses’ rampage across the hospitality and service sectors. Although COBOL may well be a scapegoat, it is very telling…

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.

Whether you agreed with Musk or not, any legal action taken against him, and him against Alameda county, would have likely to have been the first of many bitter lawsuits that will come in the wake of COVID-19. Yes, lawsuits were always likely to some degree post-COVID, but we are waiting…

Tactics in a Time War

The road to dismantling the past

K-tactics is not a matter of building the future, but of dismantling the past. It assembles itself by charting and escaping the technical-neurochemical definciency conditions for linear-progressive palaeo-domination time, and discovers that the future as virtuality is acessible now, according to a mode of machinic adjacency that securitized social reality is compelled to repress — Nick Land (CCRU) — Meltdown

In part 2 of this series of articles, we will look at another term that incorporates the concept of a millennial time war — K-tactics. In this post, we will briefly take a stab at decoding some of the ideas…

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 the use of the term accelerationism in certain far-right circles. It was titled Accelerationism: the obscure idea inspiring white supremacist killers around the world.

Beauchamp had the chance here to write a thought-provoking and well-researched article, but it falls down sadly on a number of counts when exploring the topic…

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. The street sign has a different name.

Finally, enumerate the intangibles. The stories and myths associated with the road or perhaps there are none at all? The old crossroads, a spot for hanging highway-men in days gone by. The corner where an old WW2 bomb was unearthed by builders. …

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