Category Archives: General Features

Five Out of Ten on Patreon

A quick promotional moment: Five Out of Ten has recently made a shift to Patreon and if you like games criticism you should pass the publication a few bucks a month. I’ve had the opportunity to write some really exciting stuff over … Continue reading

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“Be More Human”

I saw one of these ads recently. They’re the be-all-end-all of the neoliberal bootstrap logic. You are not a person; you’re a human, and you would be functionally identical to all other humans if you worked out more. If you … Continue reading

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Violet Forest’s “VHS Girls”

I don’t have any context for this piece, but it’s haunting nonetheless; a purposeful fragmentation in a medium that always felt fragmented when you used it. The linearity and the usage of the video camera meant that a full tape … Continue reading

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Bundled, Buried and Behind Closed Doors

I really enjoy this video both for what it is and as a teaching tool. There’s a weird oscillation in new media studies where some people are stuck in the 1990s and treat the internet as some kind of immaterial, … Continue reading

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Stone Cold Steve Austin is an Allegory for the Internet

You can watch that video to see Stone Cold Steve Austin yelling “what?!” in the face of basically everyone he ever came into contact with in a professional wrestling setting. That was his trademark, at least as much as I … Continue reading

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the vampire squid of the Collaborative Commons

And yet, on reflection, Rifkin’s examples turn out to be anything but collaborative at their heart. Companies such as Uber and Airbnb are fiercely profit-driven, taking large cuts from all the exchanges they facilitate. They are middlemen themselves, albeit somewhat … Continue reading

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Best of This Cage Is Worms 2014

Hello! Thank you so much for reading This Cage Is Worms today and any other day that you so choose. This post is a compilation of (what I think is) the best writing that I’ve done here on this website in 2014. … Continue reading

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