Why Zines Refuse to Die

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Fifth Estate # 406, Spring, 2020

Why would someone continue to read and publish xeroxed zines two decades into the 21st century? Didn’t the technocracy announce that this variety of underground publishing was superseded by the hyper-mediated cybernetic dream web? // Share this on…

Infomodities

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Fifth Estate # 405, Winter, 2020

“News is the dialogue of fragmented power with itself. Notice how scientists, politicians or businessmen now complain that even they only learn about the events they manage from the news. // Share this on…

How Rational is Rationality?

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Fifth Estate # 403, Spring 2019

There is something faulty with the concept of humans as rational animals. It defines humanity by a limited criterion and tries to separate humans from our animal being. This sets up a hierarchy in which the true human is defined …

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Dismantling the Biomechanical Leviathan

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Fifth Estate # 402, Winter 2019

In Raoul Vaneigem’s 1967 Situationist treatise, The Revolution of Everyday Life, he recounts what resulted from the flooding of the basement of Ivan Pavlov’s laboratory where the Russian physiologist kept his famous salivating dogs as experiments in classical conditioning. // …

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What does it mean to be human or transhuman?

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Fifth Estate # 401, Summer 2018

a review of The Transhuman Future: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow. Tor Books, 2003 // Share this on…

The X-Files

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Fifth Estate # 399, Fall, 2017

The X-Files, the science fiction television series that aired from 1993 to 2002, featured fictional FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully concerned with unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena and aliens. Its popularity was such that it made many young …

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Crime as Struggle

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Fifth Estate # 397, Winter, 2017

Law is the framework that props up the state, the matrix that nourishes authority. Law is a web of prohibition and mandate. It is one of the mechanisms that ensure that each individual fills an assigned role. It is a …

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Future Tension

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Fifth Estate # 396, Summer, 2016

What happened to the future? The twenty-first century was supposed to be a new era; an age of liberty, love, and lucid life. The old world of misery was scheduled to be destroyed. // Share this on…

The Control of Computerized Television

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Fifth Estate # 394, Summer 2015 - Technology

In another age, in a different lifetime, David Watson (under the name, George Bradford) wrote in the Spring 1984 Fifth Estate: “While there may be reason for concern about computer threats to privacy, it is generally overlooked that deepening privatization, …

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VR Troopers

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Fifth Estate # 392, Fall/Winter 2014 - Art & Anarchy

Way back in the 1990s, the bleeding edge of the cyberpunk counterculture was in conflict over what the next stage of technological transformation was to be. On one side were the psychedelic, techno-shamans of virtual reality (VR). On the other, …

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