Category Archives: Myth

A Theory of Mythos

(abstract for project) A brief history of hacker and psychedelic subcultures from the 1950s onward, with a focus on chronological parallels and commonalities between the two. As I illuminate the various characteristics these cultures share, I note that one point of overlap in particular may be spiritually instructive for those seeking meaning in the wake […]

Art and Magic

I think what used to be called “magic” is now known as “art.” Once upon a time we understood magic to occupy its own ontological space and questions of real or unreal didn’t apply. When the collective unconscious busted through the seams of the visible world, when our deepest desires and fantasy worlds began to […]

Micro-Manifesto (For A Small Age)

[1] Fear of technology, especially by those who don’t see themselves as “makers,” reproduces dangerous power structures. [2] Fetishization of technology, especially by those who don’t see themselves as “makers,” also reproduces dangerous power structures. [3] Entropy is what gives items value; anything that’s theoretically infinite should not be commodified. This includes identity, data and […]

Technology As A Metaphor for the Future

The more I write on digital activism and the Internet, the more interested I become in Jungian studies and symbolism. It’s disorienting to be Facebook- free. Facebook has been a part of my life since 2005; I encountered it on the campus of UPenn back when it was “The Facebook,” a sort of yearbook-type site […]

For the (Quasi-Mystical) Lulz: Gabriella Coleman, Anonymous and Hacker-Trickster Mythos

I just went to the launch of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous, a new book by anthropologist Gabriella Coleman. She’s studied Anonymous, a notoriously difficult group to document, for more than six years. Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy has already generated media buzz. It may come to be known as the authoritative […]