Imagine trying to get happy on a tight deadline. Like you have ten minutes to get happy, or else your boss is going to punish you.read more
Learn How to Code, You Say? Why Don’t You Go F*ck Yourself
When I needed money, I learned coding—but I ended up so miserable that I left IT forever.read more
Will the New Digital Generation Be Remembered as the Lost Digital Generation?
What’s happening to the shiny digital generation in the U.S. has already happened to the generation of my grandparents in the Soviet Union.read more
Tale of Tiny Man with Scissors: How Abstract Thinking Became Concrete Prison
The machine is vibrating and dancing and humming a tune it likes. You can go as high as you can — but you can’t change the tune… Go go go, tiger.read more
The Horrible Face of the Machine
All you have to do is trust the conductor and feel good about yourself while it lasts.read more
Idioformat: The Plague, the Cholera, and the Joke
Corporations own everything. Everything in the world, including your value to society, is defined by their bottom line.
And each peasant cries alone, as somebody switches the TV to another channel.read more
Paving the Road to the Hospice: How Silicon Valley Destroys Freedom of Expression
Beware of cold-hearted, profit-seeking strangers preaching progress. We should have known what was going to happen next.read more
Branding and Algorithms: Raging Against the Format
What kind of music do you play? What race are you? Who did you vote for?read more
Business Practices Do Not Exist in a Vacuum
Imagine a fight between two boxers. Say, whoever wins, takes home five million dollars, and the other one takes nothing. Say, they both agreed on it. It’s an honest fight, all fair. Then one of the guys slips drugs in the other boxer’s drink so that his rival gets sleepy and tired and cannot fight adequately. And the charlatan wins and takes the prize.
On the surface, it’s a victory. But in the reality underneath, it is not a victory. It is a disgrace and an act of cowardice. The suffering of the other guy is real but the victory of the coward is an illusion. Confusing people’s minds with propaganda and desperation (“you have to… or else you’ll starve”) is like slipping drugs into one’s drink. If you are strong, you know that it’s an act of weakness.read more
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