New project: My secret assistant

My Secret Assistant is created during the Liquid Journalism think-tank organized by Mediafonds in 2013. We were teamed up with Geertjan Lassche, a Dutch reporter and documentary maker, to find contemporary solutions for journalism.
My Secret Assistant is a smartphone application which discretely keeps the connection between you and your network warm and alive. This project is a critical proposal for the future of journalism.

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Why we need to have My Secret Assistant
We are the generation where the meaning of friendship and acquaintance is defined by social media. We flirt on our Facebook accounts, follow with Twitter, socialize and share pictures with Instagram and connect through LinkedIn. While this organic network grows bigger every day, it also gets more and more difficult and time consuming for us to keep all our personal contacts alive.

We’re simply too busy to feed our relations with information. The result: business contacts slowly fade away and we miss professional network opportunities for our future. What we need is an assistant!
This smart application, hidden in our phone, which time-to-time reminds you of your A-list business contacts, takes topics / actualities of the day and morphs them into personalized emails or messages for you to send to your most valuable business contacts.

How does it work
Through accurate inputs and filters, easy to use interface, the user can start a connection through news and media events that are custom prepared and adapted for each person. This service would never send a message without your consent, as we know how dear your network is for you. And the app bares a fantastic toll which prevents the receiver of your messages sees it as junk mail.
My Secret Assistant, it’s a secret between you and us.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm, filed under Dematerialization, Digitalization, Information Wars, Internet, Lifestyle, Pinar&Viola, Sustainability, Video. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Collective unconscious of the decomposing empire

These images are taken from ROSOSSISIA, a chapter within the blog looo.ch. The excessive research shows images referring to a certain post-soviet cultural phenomenon and trans-regional style which expresses the collective unconscious of the decomposing empire.
Golden domes and leather jackets. Carpets on the walls. Pranks of the drunk children. Concrete toys. Hysteria, tragicomedy, absurd. Serial policemen. iPhonized Tzar. Gestapo of the Russian Orthodox Church. Post-Jail-Chanson-Techno. Romance of Beer. Lo-Fi Baroque. Cat pissed slippers. Winter. Kielbasa. Socks. White on a gray. Gray in black.Teremok-supermall. Electro-balalaika.













This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm, filed under Dematerialization, Folk, Glam Chaos, Information Wars, Internet, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Scientology

The Master, the highly expected movie ‘loosely-based’ on Scientology by Paul Thomas Anderson, will be screening soon. We took this opportunity to remind ourselves of the Scientology’s well-calculated totalitarian identity which gives us the creeps.

«By lowering the endurance of a person, a group, or nation, and by constant degradation and defamation, it is possible to induce, thus, a state of shock which will receive adequately any command given.» — L. Ron Hubbard, “Brainwashing Manual”, p. 34.








In 1951, Hubbard introduced the electropsychometer (E-meter for short), a kind of galvanometer, as an auditing aid. Based on a design by Hubbard, the device is held by Scientologists to be a useful tool in detecting changes in a person’s state of mind.



The controversies involving the Church and its critics, some of them ongoing, include:
-Scientology’s disconnection policy, in which members are encouraged to cut off all contact with friends or family members who are “antagonistic” to Scientology.
-The death of a Scientologist Lisa McPherson while in the care of the Church. (Robert Minton sponsored the multi-million dollar law suit against Scientology for the death of McPherson. In May 2004, McPherson’s estate and the Church of Scientology reached a confidential settlement.)
-Criminal activities committed on behalf of the Church or directed by Church officials (Operation Snow White, Operation Freakout).
-Conflicting statements about L. Ron Hubbard’s life, in particular accounts of Hubbard discussing his intent to start a religion for profit and of his service in the military.
-Scientology’s harassment and litigious actions against its critics encouraged by its Fair Game policy.
-Attempts to legally force search engines such as Google and Yahoo! to omit any webpages critical of Scientology from their search engines (and in Google’s case, AdSense), or at least the first few search pages.
-Allegations by former high-ranking Scientologists that David Miscavige beats and demoralizes staff and that physical violence by superiors towards staff working for them is a common occurrence in the church. Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis denied these claims and provided witnesses to rebut them.
-In October 2009, a French court found the Church of Scientology guilty of organized fraud. Four officers of the organization were fined and given suspended prison sentences of up to 2 years. The Church of Scientology said it would appeal the judgment. Prosecutors had hoped to achieve a ban of Scientology in France, but due to a temporary change in French law, which “made it impossible to dissolve a legal entity on the grounds of fraud”, no ban was pronounced. The sentence was confirmed by appeal court in February 2012.
-In November 2009, Australian Senator Nick Xenophon used a speech in Federal Parliament to allege that the Church of Scientology is a criminal organization. Based on letters from former followers of the religion, he said that there were “allegations of forced imprisonment, coerced abortions, and embezzlement of church funds, of physical violence and intimidation, blackmail and the widespread and deliberate abuse of information obtained by the organization”[254]








A controversial part of the Scientology justice system is the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF). When a Sea Org member is accused of a violation, such as lying, sexual misconduct, dereliction of duty, or failure to comply with Church policy, a Committee of Evidence examines the case. If the charge is substantiated, the individual may accept expulsion from the Sea Org or participate in the RPF to become eligible to rejoin the Sea Org. The RPF involves a daily regimen of five hours of auditing or studying, eight hours of work, often physical labor, such as building renovation, and at least seven hours of sleep. Douglas E. Cowan and David G. Bromley state that scholars and observers have come to radically different conclusions about the RPF and whether it is “voluntary or coercive, therapeutic or punitive”.

«Rehabilitation Project Force, the cult’s internal gulag where bad people are sent for punishment or “rehabilitation”; a brain washing and penal organization.» — The ARS Acronym/Terminology FAQ v3.5 by Martin Hunt.















This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on November 16, 2012 at 10:36 am, filed under Dematerialization, Fashion, Glam Chaos, Information Wars, Other ecstatics, Political glam, Trending, Various, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Religious iphone apps















This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on October 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm, filed under Digitalization, Efficiency, Information Wars, Internet, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Woman’s day special edition, Shamsia Hassani





Shamsia Hassani and her friend and fellow artist Qasem Foushanji are Afghanistan’s first street artists who use graffiti to chronicle violence and oppression.

The female-male duo surreptitiously spray-paint the crumbling and dilapidated walls of buildings in the capital Kabul, abandoned and destroyed during 30 years of war that still rages today.
Talking of her woman on the steps, Shamsia Hassani, 24, said: “She is wondering if she can get up, or if she will fall down. Women in Afghanistan need to be careful with every step they take.”

The austere rule of the Taliban frowned upon painting and banned images depicting peoples’ faces, saying it was un-Islamic. They banned cinema, music and theatre outright.
Both Hassani and Foushanji said that stigma translates into harassment and disapproval from government officials. And like graffiti artists in other countries, they face attempts to stop them spray-painting public buildings.

Via dawn.com

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on March 9, 2012 at 9:54 am, filed under Art, Ghetto gold, Information Wars, Political glam, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Hipstawar

Hipster filters; Olga and Diana and Toy Cameras wannabes super imposed on war pictures. The faux-ravaged effects on top of vrai-ravaged people, places and things.

Teru Kuwayama and Balazs Gardi embedded themselves in one of the marine battalions sent to Afghanistan on early 2011. Using Hipstamatic, they recorded their time in the war that started 10 years ago. We see the clash between the cool filters for rich kids with trendy phones and people who deal with death and violence every day.

Instead of parties in Brooklyn, gathering refugees around food aid trucks.

Instead of an indie chick doing an empty and misplaced peace sign, a ten-year-old who has lived as a refugee for 4 years.

The war presented in the language of the self-absorbed generation.

The whole expedition can be seen at Basetrack. TL;DR version on Flickr.

guest post by gui machiavelli / via Foreign Policy

This entry was written by gui, posted on January 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm, filed under Digitalization, Information Wars, Political glam. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Make a glamorous donation

We’re blown away by the Metahaven for Wikileaks shirts and scarves.

High-fashion meets information activism. We’re gonna offer each other one for Christmas. How about you?
You can order them here.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on December 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm, filed under Fashion, Friends, Graphic design, Information Wars, Internet, Political glam. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.