Note — Mar 28, 2021

Under the Big Black Sun

Seen in → No.166

Source → kneelingbus.substack.com/p/155-under-the-big-bl...

Drew Austin considers our online alignment during the pandemic, and NFTs through Dean Kissicks phrase “we’ve voluntarily assumed the logic of the systems we’ve created, and organised our lives around them. We live in an algorithmically generated culture, and we are the algorithms.” As “everything” happens online and through apps, everything competes with everything. See the last quote below for the other part of his argument, and it’s a short read so if this line of thinking resonates, take the time to read.

As GameStop helped to clarify a couple of months ago, everything is simultaneously a game, an investment vehicle, and “content,” and domains that haven’t yet been pulled into this vortex soon will be. […]

When everything happens not only online but within the same apps and sites—when finance, art, politics, and friendship unfold on the same gamelike platforms—the remaining barriers that kept them somewhat separate fully dissolve and everything that had already been abstracted as content flows together in highly promiscuous ways, ultimately fungible even when it’s theoretically non-fungible.[…]

[I]f the internet itself is just a highly refined abstraction of culture, an accelerated and distorted image of humanity, we have to consider the possibility that all of this is just us being our vulgar selves—a truer representation of who we are than we’ve ever seen.