Wednesday, October 03, 2018 | RECENT NOTES

Acid Communism

Keir Milburn has written an article in Red Pepper that posits something called Acid Corbynism. He bases this on the idea of acid communism that Mark Fisher explored just before his death, and which would have become the title of his next book.

The idea raises a lot of questions and offers a set of interesting syntheses. Do I believe it? Probably, but don’t quote me on that.


The sound of no hands clapping

Clapping and cheering has been replaced at Manchester University’s Student Union events in order to make them more accessible.

The traditional method of clapping has been axed in favour of ‘jazz hands’, which counts as the British Sign Language (BSL) equivalent.


Friday, October 19, 2018 | THE TIME OF DAY


Monday, September 18, 2006 | ESSAYS

Graceful Degradation

In Spring 2006 a group (of which I was a member) began to explore the concept of a “bliki”, a piece of software that combined the alleged advantages of a blog with the supposed strengths of a wiki.

We looked at this from several angles: the cultural, and conceptual, as well as the technical. What follows are my personal reflections on this process, and my tentative conclusions.