The academic production of knowledge should not be used to make profit, but to improve society. Academic knowledge is, or at least should be a common. The fact that academic knowledge is now part of the ‘for profit’ business can only be understood as the failing of the state and the dominance of neoliberalism.

The end of Academia.edu: how business takes over, again

01.05.2017 • Permalink

Juicero […] was also just one of a whole constellation of companies that now operate under an ingenious model: take some banal product that has been sold forever at low margins, attach the disposable part to a proprietary system that pretends to improve it but really just locks pepole into a particular vendor, add a touch screen manufactured by Chinese tweens, call it “Smart,” and sell it to schlubby dads too indebted to buy a midlife crisis car and too unattractive to have an affair. Freddie deBoer: The three hot trends in Silicon Valley horseshit

28.04.2017 • Permalink

I’ve seen this all over the web today: “A white supremacist sucker-punching a woman in the street today is the embodiment of Donald Trump’s America.”1 I agree – it’s not pretty, and it’s only going to get worse. On the other hand – and I do hate to point it out – two months ago, people were laughing their asses off at neo-nazi dandy Dick Spencer getting sucker-punched in the street2. I detest what the man stands for, but once you condone violence, acting outraged later rings … hollow.


  1. https://twitter.com/mikel_jollett/status/853418835881336832 
  2. Possibly by one of his own, it should be noted. 
16.04.2017 • Permalink

It’s just dusty in here, that’s all.

14.04.2017 • Permalink