Dark forests like newsletters and podcasts are growing areas of activity. As are other dark forests, like Slack channels, private Instagrams, invite-only message boards, text groups, Snapchat, WeChat, and on and on. This is where Facebook is pivoting with Groups (and trying to redefine what the word “privacy” means in the process).These are all spaces where depressurized conversation is possible because of their non-indexed, non-optimized, and non-gamified environments. The cultures of those spaces have m
Preparing for my trip to the Middle East, I stumbled upon the AlJazeera documentary on War Hotels. I can only highly recommend this fantastic and eerie series about how architecture (particularly of hotels) becomes so important from so many vantage points, even in times of crisis.
In Cuba, internet access is limited. But if you can’t get to the internet, there are ways of bringing it physically to you.It’s known as “el paquete semanal” or “the weekly packet”, an external drive loaded with thousands of hours of media content that is delivered to customers by enterprising ‘suppliers’ like Alberto Jorge.“With el paquete you choose what to watch and when to watch it,” says Jorge, 34, as he walks the cracked paving slabs of west Havana delivering the drives.
Instead of using websites on the darknet, merchants are now operating invite-only channels on widely available mobile messaging systems like Telegram. This allows the merchant to control the reach of their communication better and be less vulnerable to system take-downs. To further stabilize the connection between merchant and customer, repeat customers are given unique messaging contacts that are independent of shared channels and thus even less likely to be found and taken down. Channels are often operated by automated bots that allow customers to inquire about offers and initiate the purchase, often even allowing a fully bot-driven experience without human intervention on the merchant’s side.
The other major change is the use of “dead drops” instead of the postal system which has proven vulnerable to tracking and interception. Now, goods are hidden in publicly accessible places like parks and the location is given to the customer on purchase. The customer then goes to the location and picks up the goods. This means that delivery becomes asynchronous for the merchant, he can hide a lot of product in different locations for future, not yet known, purchases. For the client the time to delivery is significantly shorter than waiting for a letter or parcel shipped by traditional means – he has the product in his hands in a matter of hours instead of days. Furthermore this method does not require for the customer to give any personally identifiable information to the merchant, which in turn doesn’t have to safeguard it anymore. Less data means less risk for everyone.
Honestly, I find artists offensive because I’m jealous and don’t understand how I landed this far away from myself.
Source: Fennstraße 4 – Google Maps
So why do we spend more? “Because people at the top have so much more,” he notes. They’re spending more on their own celebrations, and they set the consumption standard, unleashing what Frank has labelled “expenditure cascades.” People at every income level feel increasing pressure to reach the higher consumption bar those directly above them have set.
Einen ähnlichen Hauch von Endphasenkapitalismus mögen Leser eines weiteren, äußerst lesenswerten Artikels der New York Times über „Pop-up Experiences“ verspüren. „Pop-up Experiences“ sind temporäre, meist rein auf Visualität und die perfekte Oberfläche ausgelegte „Ausstellungen“, die Inhalte höchstens Alibi-haft vermitteln, und in allererster Linie ebenfalls als Selfie-Kulissen dienen. In der New York Times schildert Autorin Sapna Maheshwari ihre Eindrücke beim Vorhaben, jegliche „Pop-up Erfahrung“ aufzusuchen, die New York in den vergangenen Wochen zu bieten hatte. Was als lustige Idee für eine Story begonnen hatte, habe sich schnell „zu einem masochistischen Marsch durch Abgründe der Sinnlosigkeit“ entwickelt, so die NYT-Journalistin.