tfw you realize neoliberalism and the increasing pressure of capitalism is creating a mass cultural mediocrity that tolerates no transgression whatsoever and it’s penetrating the social sphere, as all becomes image, as all association to any image reflects on literal survival in capitalism

@matilde I'm for accelerationating, once we point the (electric) car more towards an actual future rather than off a cliff to annihilation.

@silverspookgames I gotta read more but it does basically assent to a whole lot of human grief

@matilde I had a *major* fight with some original transhumanists / accelerationists, particularly of the Nick Land school on a now-defunct site about a decade ago.

Then it was more "Moore's Law is a stairway to heaven. Technology, computers, AI, led by Silicon Valley will cure cancer, solve space travel, help us live forever, end war, poverty, political struggle, and all other problems. The Technium will save!

I said "You fucking clowns, I'm from a US ghetto, where we're all going to be soon."


@matilde There was much, much less negative prognostication about the future then. Entrepreneurs and capitalism were still super great everywhere, and socialism was totally a bad word for those who fancied political/career suicide.

Then 2008 meltdown, the 20-teens, Facebook, Twitter global internet-nexus fascism, Trump, total environmental extinction staring everyone down the barrel with psychopath billionaires still in control, and yeah, I told you so, motherfuckers!

@matilde I guess some of them are friends with Elon Musk or Peter Thiel or work at megabanks as futurist advisors, so maybe not 100% right.

@silverspookgames I mean Land says that populism is just a sign of the last gasps of democratic resentment against these conditions and their time was over. I wonder how to avoid that

@matilde I mean, democracy maybe over. it will be good if you're a billionaire capitalist cis white male fascist spycho. Yeah. It's gonna be great on Mars, 100%

@matilde Sorry if that came off harsh. What I mean is democracy is in jeopardy, but Google, Facebook, Amazon, China's panopticon computers, and the US Military Industrial Complex (now working with Amazon and Google) which are oppressing us, killing millions, and extincting the planet, who own and run these supposedly messianic technology are not going to suddenly become good altruists if a neoliberal centrist wins against Trump, or if democracy 'goes away'. It will be neofeudalism, at best IMHO

@matilde We need to rediscover democracy, rediscover empathy, and courage, get together with each other, protest, speak the truth, build alternate non-shithole systems. Worker coops, collectives, or just pushing for equalization like the Yellow Vests, the Water Protectors, non-shithole internet systems (Mastodon), all the good things about humanity, and get these capitalist death-cultists out of there as soon as possible. Or we're all literally dead, or will wish we were dead.

@silverspookgames Capitalism is a global movement. We really just need a global alternative whose praxis and product are essentially intuitive. I believe that this could originate online, but don’t know what.

@silverspookgames Trying my best to avoid corporate Statehood basically

@matilde If your business is not a capitalist corporation but rather one that distributes the fruits of labor fairly and makes decisions about what/where/how to produce at least somewhat democratically, then that's already a battle won! :D

@matilde On that note, I hope you're getting lots of sales in the Itch Winter Sale for all the Aether Interactive games, you guys deserve it!

@silverspookgames Well, we did our best in this regard for each project, anyway — asking people their rate and working with it, what they think works for their schedule on their own time, changing scale to not overload people, making miracles happen on very little money, deciding as a team what to do next.

@silverspookgames As a company deciding to be exclusive to Itch as a political measure against the hegemony of Steam, even when it worked against our own business interests.

@silverspookgames The Itch Winter Sale's been better than expected, yes! But not incredible, either, ha. A month of rent or so.

Hopefully I'll get to make another game someday, but it's sort of the past at the moment.

@matilde Yes, hopefully so. Also I liked the Lapsed Catholics album a lot, the vocals and lyrics are really well done. I already listened to it but I'll actually go and buy it now. 😂

@silverspookgames Oh, I just mean — my company doesn't really exist anymore, as my main collaborator stepped out, and there's no funds for future projects, so ... just finding new collaborators for new art in various fields. Aether tho, unsure there'll ever be another.

@matilde I see. Yeah, I mean keep creating or doing whatever you're doing! Your work deserves way more attention (and remuneration) than it's gotten. It's been really inspiring, honestly.

(Also, holy conversion rates Batman, I should've done all the Christmas Shopping in Canada!)

@silverspookgames Oh yeah, the CAD is not amazing. On the other hand, instant 25% boost to Itch sales to real Canadian money.

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