May 14, 2014

Sylvère Lotringer

Sylvère Lotringer

The data protection office in the German state of Hamburg is challenging Google on its data collection practices, which the agency says violate German rules.

Tonight, at Artist Space in New York, see Sylvère Lotringer discuss “Schizo-Culture.” The event will open with Lodovico Pignatti Morano reading from Nicola, Milan, a novel soon to be published by Semiotext(e). Penny Arcade, Jim Fletcher, and Gary Indiana will also be in attendance.

At the New Inquiry, Nathan Jurgenson revisits the recent Vivian Maier documentary as a way of discussing modern street photography and consent: “The street photographer’s practice is a powerful force today, pursued [by] . . . the masses of smartphone-carrying camera flâneurs, as well as by the corporate and governmental surveillance apparatuses surrounding us. . . . Street photography is not just a photographic process any longer but a cultural ethos, an obsessive way of seeing the world as always possessable, to be acquired, collected, managed, and ultimately sold.”

Now that plans to renovate the New York Public Library have been canceled, its fate is unclear. Most of the research collection has been moved off-site. “Are empty stacks going to be the permanent and visible sign of the library’s recent misadventure?” wonders Caleb Crain at the New Yorker. “A few years ago, the library spent fifty million dollars restoring its façade. It’s painful to think that the money can’t be found to repair its heart.”

Forbes lampoons Vox—the newish website whose mandate is to condense and distill complex news—by explaining the website in its own style. Matt Saccaro of the Daily Dot points to several recent embarrassments for the website, which he says “almost immediately abandoned its ‘the smartest thinkers and the toughest questions’ mantra for drones rather than thinkers, and sharebait instead of questions.”

The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, has yet to report on the Amazon/Hachette dispute (i.e., the fact that Amazon appears to be delaying shipments of Hachette books).