Can live-action role-play games bring about social change

LARP, futures, society, social change, change, gaming, play, experience, experiential futures

As someone who cares deeply about social change and personal transformation, that was exciting to me. Larps were said to let players experience particular emotions, to step into each other’s perspective, possibly even explore artistic and political visions for new forms of society.

https://aeon.co/essays/can-live-action-role-play-games-bring-about-social-change

Stochastic Terrorism

terrorism, tactics, media, mediated violence, spooky action at a distance

Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. In short, remote-control murder by lone wolf. This is what occurs when Bin Laden releases a video that stirs random extremists halfway around the globe to commit a bombing or shooting. This is also the term for what Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, and others do. And this is what led directly and predictably to a number of cases of ideologically-motivated murder similar to the Tucson shootings. As of this writing, there is no evidence to link Jared Loughner to a specific source of incitement; but some of the other cases can be clearly linked.

http://stochasticterrorism.blogspot.ca/

Domestic terrorists threaten us more than Syrian refugees.

USA, US, terrorism, religion, extremism, RWNJ

among the 27 fatal terror attacks inflicted in this country since 9/11, 20 were committed by domestic right-wing extremists. (The other seven attacks were committed by domestic jihadists, not by foreign terrorist organizations.) Of the 77 people killed in these 27 incidents, two-thirds died at the hands of anti-abortion fanatics, “Christian Identity” zealots, white anti-Semites, or other right-wing militants.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/11/robert_lewis_dear_is_one_of_many_religious_extremists_bred_in_north_carolina.html

There is an environmental disaster unfolding in southeastern Brazil with the recent collapse of two dams at an iron ore mining…

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There is an environmental disaster unfolding in southeastern Brazil with the recent collapse of two dams at an iron ore mining facility. To better convey the extent of the contamination, I have put together a full feature on the Daily Overview Juxtapose page. You can check it out here:

www.dailyoverview.com/juxtapose

In this frame we see Bento Rodrigues, a small village that was destroyed when the nearby dam failed and released 62 million cubic meters of wastewater. The sludge wiped out hundreds of homes and caused the death of twelve people. Eleven others are still missing. Because of the ongoing pollution, more than half a million people still do not have access to clean water for drinking or irrigating their crops. Yesterday, the contaminated water covered 400 miles of the Rio Doce River and entered into the sea, killing significant amounts of planet and animal life along the way. Officials are concerned that the toxins will threaten the Comboios Nature Reserve, a protected area for the endangered leatherback turtle.

This events definitely hasn’t received enough attention in the news so please share this post if possible.

The ocean remains a glaring blind spot in the Western imagination. Catastrophic events remind us of its influence—a lost…

“The ocean remains a glaring blind spot in the Western imagination. Catastrophic events remind us of its influence—a lost airplane, a shark attack, an oil spill, an underwater earthquake—but we tend to marginalize or misunderstand the scales of the oceanic. It represents the “other 71 percent” of our planet. Meanwhile, like land, its surface and space continue to be radically instrumentalized: offshore zones territorialized by nation-states, high seas crisscrossed by shipping routes, estuaries metabolized by effluents, sea levels sensed by satellites, seabeds lined with submarines and plumbed for resources. As sewer, conveyor, battlefield, or mine, the ocean is a vast logistical landscape. Whether we speak of fishing zones or fish migration, coastal resilience or tropical storms, the ocean is both a frame for regulatory controls and a field of uncontrollable, indivisible processes. To characterize the ocean as catastrophic—imperiled environment, coastal risk, or contested territory—is to overlook its potential power.”

Wet Matter, Harvard Design Magazine (viainthenoosphere)

BUT NOW SPACE WAS PART OF THE OBJECT¹ Poster (Side A & Side B combined), 2015. BUT NOW SPACE WAS PART OF THE OBJECT¹ is an…

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BUT NOW SPACE WAS PART OF THE OBJECT¹Poster (Side A & Side B combined), 2015.

BUT NOW SPACE WAS PART OF THE OBJECT¹is an inquiry into whether or not a typeface can be absent in its own type specimen. Negative space becomes positive space, secondary becomes primary, reference becomes content. False protagonist Booq Alt delivers the performance of Booq—a typeface whose identity can only be imagined through the interplay of transcribed lectures by John Freeman, Esa Matinvesi and Krister Olsson from Booksfromthefuture Summer School 2015 and a pool of public domain images.

A publication by Masaki Miwa and Ying Tong Tan, published in parallel with The Multiple Lives of a Blank Book (Booksfromthefuture, 2015).

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First edition
Print on demand
388 pages
107.95mm x 174.752mm (4.25 x 6.88 inches)
Softcover
English
ISBN 978-1-326-40233-4

Publishers: Zyxt and Booksfromthefuture
Editors: Masaki Miwa, Ying Tong Tan, Yvan Martinez and Joshua Trees
Guest Editors: Krister Olsson and Esa Matinvesi
Concept and Design: Masaki Miwa and Ying Tong Tan

The Doomsday Scam

NYT, red mercury, war, deception, black markets, ISIS

To approach the subject of red mercury is to journey into a comic-book universe, a zone where the stubborn facts of science give way to unverifiable claims, fantasy and outright magic, and where villains pursuing the dark promise of a mysterious weapon could be rushing headlong to the end of the world. This is all the more remarkable given the broad agreement among nonproliferation specialists that red mercury, at least as a chemical compound with explosive pop, does not exist.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/magazine/the-doomsday-scam.html?_r=1

Urban exploration as deviant leisure

deviant leisure, recreational tresspass, exploration, urbex, commercialism, urbanism

Clearly, recreational trespass and other “urban interventions” in and of themselves do little to challenge the status quo of late capitalist urbanism. Rather ironically, if unsurprisingly, the proliferation and popular awareness of urban exploration has contributed to a tightening of the very spatial controls that recreational trespassers seek to subvert. For instance, people sneaking onto construction sites merely for the sake of doing so is now something that security contractors actively seek to prevent through heightened security measures. Furthermore, there is little that is inherently “transgressive” about recreational trespassers’ thrill-seeking. In fact, within our current cultural conjuncture, such practices might well be more accurately conceived of as hyper-conformist (see Moxon, 2011; Raymen and Smith, 2015).

https://deviantleisure.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/urban-exploration-as-deviant-leisure/

Edward Snowden Charged with espionage and theft of government property. Snowden is a computer specialist, former employee of the…

Edward Snowden
Charged with espionage and theft of government property. Snowden is a computer specialist, former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, and former contractor for the National Security Agency. He disclosed thousands of classified documents revealing details of global surveillance programs. He currently lives in an undisclosed location in Russia; he is considered a fugitive by American authorities.
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The Diavik Diamond Mine is located on the Lac de Gras lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada, 120 miles (193km) south of…

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The Diavik Diamond Mine is located on the Lac de Gras lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada, 120 miles (193km) south of the Arctic Circle. The mine produces approximately 7.5 million carats of diamonds each year. In standard weight, that’s an annual output of 1500 kilograms or 3,300 pounds. In this Overview, the most distinguishable areas of the facility are its two primary open pits, waste ponds, processing facilities, and an airstrip capable of landing aircraft as large as 737s and C-130s.

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www.dailyoverview.com

As if responding to Leibniz—who once wrote that music is an “occult exercise in mathematics performed by a mind unconscious of…

“As if responding to Leibniz—who once wrote that music is an “occult exercise in mathematics performed by a mind unconscious of the fact that it is counting”—Nietzsche pointed out that in areas like art, quantitative measures are simply inappropriate. “Assuming that one estimated the value of a piece of music according to how much of it could be counted, calculated, and expressed in formulas: how absurd would such a ‘scientific’ estimation of music be! What would one have comprehended, understood, grasped of it? Nothing, really nothing of what is ‘music’ in it!” he wrote.”

Morozov, Evgeny. To Save Everything, Click Here: Technology, Solutionism and the Urge to Fix Problems That Don’t Exist. London: Allen Lane, 2013. (viacarvalhais)

Rules for Red Teams

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  • Rule 1: Always have an escape plan
  • Rule 2: Never get caught.
  • Rule 3: Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Rule 4: Always have a backup plan.
  • Rule 5: Assumption is the mother of all fuckups.
  • Rule 6: Trust your gut.
  • Rule 7: Simple and light equals freedom, agility and mobility.
  • Rule 8: KISS: Keep it simple, stupid.
  • Rule 9: The solution is in the problem.
  • Rule 10: Don’t become predictable.
  • Rule 11: Never take the elevator.
  • Rule 12: Act, don’t react.

Rules for Red Teams