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Does Mark Zuckerberg Suffer From Main Character Syndrome?

Mark Zuckerberg's Metaverse takeover presents a paradox: In capitalizing off Western culture's 'Main Character Syndrome,' is he exhibiting it himself? By combining social media and virtual reality, the billionaire technocrat is pushing for a future...

Is the Psychedelia Enlightenment Train Just Another Corporate Control Mechanism?

The global economy mirrors an acid trip. With the ongoing labor shortage, the persistence of meme stocks, and simultaneous emerging markets (including one for psychedelics), a collective euphoria is underway in what has been dubbed...

Harvard Psychologist Steven Pinker Believes Humanity Is Entering a Post-Scarcity Period 

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker is siding with contrarian optimists: Humanity is entering a post-scarcity economy, rather than a pre-scarcity paradigm.  “If I was forced to come down on one side or the other, I would...
Mercury in Retrograde is here.

Is Astrology Ideology?

The trifecta short-circuit of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp is the work of astrological forces (AKA ‘Mercury in Retrograde’), according to certain media outlets. “Of Course Instagram Went Down During Mercury Retrograde,” blares an article headline...

How the Catholic Church and McDonald’s Transform Genius Into Real Estate Empires

Underneath Michelangelo’s the “Creation of Adam” fresco in the Sistine Chapel, an African cardinal in a COVID-era mask beckons dozens of tourists passing through the country of God. “Silence,” says the religious figure. Europeans in American...

TikTok’s Main Character Syndrome: American Individualism in the Age of Black Mirror

Main Character Syndrome is the zeitgeist of the post-pandemic moment. “You have to start romanticizing your life,” TikTok star Ashley Ward urges followers in a now viral video. “You have to start thinking of yourself...

Did the CDC Reveal COVID-19 Mask Wearing as a PR Performance of Late Capitalism?

Mask off. The CDC yesterday announced that fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks at indoor or outdoor gatherings. Those living directly under the American Empire, rather than one of its proxies or...

What the CIA’s ‘Intersectional’ Recruiting Ad Says About the Aesthetic of Empire

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) this past week integrated identity politics themes into those of American military conquest. “I am a woman of color. I am a Mom. I am a cisgender millennial who has...

Media Futurist Jonathan Beller Believes the Matrix Is Social Realism and Scrolling Social Media...

To predict the future is to analyze the patterns of the present. When media theorist Jonathan Beller published his breakout book The Cinematic Mode of Production in 2006, the thesis that human attention functions as...

Joe Biden’s Immigration ‘Crisis’ Is the Simulation’s Déjà Vu

There is nothing new in the Biden immigration 'crisis.' The American political system and mass media have transformed the subject of immigration into déjà vu: This recurring feeling like the United States political economy reproduces...