Jim Sterling: Boglins In My Hat (Capitalism Is Bad)

RND/ To consider that the general term “I’ve got Boglins in my hat.”

As first stated by Youtube videogame industry commentator Jim Sterling:

Jim Sterling “Ive Got Boglins In My Hat”

Read such as a statement as indicating one can’t help but unapologetically state the truth of the matter; that to ‘have Boglins in one’s hat’ is to speak honestly. As a verb, ‘Hat Boglin’ indicates the undeniable existential urge to plainly express what everyone knows and feels – to wear what is true on one’s head, so to speak. Boglins, commonly viewed as grotesque, are – much like the truth – also shunned by those easily pacified by pretty illusions. To display Boglins on one’s hat is to metaphorically counter falsehoods with a raw, direct ugliness that is beautiful, precisely because it’s based on truth and not lies. Capitalism is indeed bad. Fuck ‘Toxic’ Bobby Kotick. And thank g0d for Jim Sterling.

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Surprised Mechanic: Valve X-Ray Loot Boxes

RND/ To imagine a mechanic, surprised at the whole new (/unsurprising) level of general undead scummyness of Valve Hyper-Corporation and their new ‘French style’ X-Ray Loot Box bullshit, designed specifically to per-emptively bypass videogame gambing regulation.

Ninety percent of games lose money; 10 percent make a lot of money. And there’s a consistency around the competitive advantages you cr[e]ate, so if you can actually learn how to do the art, the design, and the programming, you would be consistently very profitable.
– Gabe Newell

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Surprised Mechanic: Valve X-Ray Loot Boxes

– Fuck Valve.

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The Capitalist Ideology Of Patreon

RND// To consider the ideology of Patreon, whose founding story (ie. ‘something entirely made up’) is neatly, mythologically presented as somehow remotely natural, clean, friendly and inherently benevolent:

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Robert What Patreon Page

“It cost over $10,000 to make that video.”

– Poor old millionaire Jack Conte on ‘not being paid for his art’ and therefore deciding to found Patreon.. conveniently forgetting that (unlike him and his Stanford graduate buddies) if I had $10,000 dollars to begin with, I wouldn’t fucking need Patreon, would I? Hipster Gwat.

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The Ideology of Patreon

To realize, acknowledge and understand the set of distinctly synthetic social circumstances and mis-relations which brought about Patreon, which (unlike Athena arising complete from the forehead of Zeus) appears a completely artificial state of affairs, AKA “I dislike and mistrust Jack Conte’s smug hipster beard.” No wonder these parasitic, Silicon start up middle-men types are always smiling. Luckily it’s all about the artists tho, right?

Update: Millionaire Patreon Ceo Jack Conte And His Butt Kissing Fanbois

It’s any wonder Jack can site down, what with the sheer volume of smoke blown up his ass by brown-nosing minions and obsequious flatterers. Toady, unctuous, uncritical, boot licking, sycophantic worshiping doormats of random rich white assholes who got to their (apparently exulted) position as ‘winners’ through pretty much nothing but the sheer force of their own historical privilege and Cultural Capital. What a darkly laughable shower of fawning fuckwits. Simply through existing, Jack’s constantly pissing on your head and telling you it’s raining free Patreon dollars. Talk about a cult.

“Oh please Mr. Conte, let me shine your designer shoes with the oil from my nose! Feel free to spread my ass checks even wider with this handmade artisan anal speculum so you can fuck over real artists even harder with your unnecessary, parasitical middle-white-man Art Tax platform waaa! Nobody understands your Innately Altruistic Vision like we do!”

You heard right, dummies – Patreon is a fucking Art Tax, not the humble savior of the go-getting artistic little-guy. You’ve not only been sold down the up-flowing river, but have to hire the boat and paddles as well. How incredibly ideologically convenient it is that good old Benevolent Overlord Jack gets to hack off his slick cut in order to ensure that everyone else make their measly fucking handfuls of change. It’s exactly like that starched tosser Elon Musk and Paypal. The oh-so ‘conveniently inconvenient’ service that – from the outset – merely helps you help It serve Itself. Patreon is no fucking pal of yours, dear Artist.

As usual, the world has been turned on its head and the idiots are in charge. According to the self-fulfilling microverse of Patreon, artists are no longer simply artists, but *suppresses gag reflex* ‘Artistic Entrepreneurs‘. Blurrrg! *wipes mouth* (Sorry about that.) Holy fucking hairy shitballs that’s some honest-to-dog hypercorporate Bullshit Bingo right there! It’s like some new age version of the Thatcherite-era, it’s-OK-to-be-Gordon-Gekko groupthink. Such ill-considered, wrong-headed views are beyond contempt. Do The Fucking Math, people; Patreon needs artists a shit ton more than artists need Patreon.

Millionaire Patreon CEO Jack Conte And His Butt Kissing Fanbois

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Update: An email to William Deresiewicz

> On Jun 10, 2021, at 10:11 AM, Robert What wrote:

> Dear Mr. Deresiewicz

> Hello! I’m a skint, UK based philosopher, artist and writer – dropping by to say your book “The Death Of The Artist” sounds cool. I’ve not read it yet, but I intend to.

> I’ve written an angry article on my site entitled The Capitalist Ideology Of Patreon, and would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

> Basically: I need to get paid while doing art – ‘Art As Work’ – but am ideologically mistrustful of parasitical, self-inserted platforms like Patreon, which I view as an Art Tax. What can one do as a struggling artist? (Likewise, what are my immediate collective political-artistic responsibilities, and priorities?)

> I hope you are doing well. Stay safe.

> Most Sincerely, Robert What

> Hi Robert,

> I enjoy the venom, and I hate Silicon Valley and all its platforms and founders with a passion deeply sincere, but my feeling, having written the book, is that in a capitalist society, some engagement with the market is a necessary evil. In the case of Patreon, it really does seem to be a net good for a lot of artists, whatever Jack’s interests and oleaginous rhetoric. It serves a function that wasn’t otherwise being served, and many of the younger artists I spoke with benefited from it. I hate that it has to exist at all, but I can’t say that I hate that it exists. Put it this way: I hate Google and Facebook and Amazon, and I use them as little as I have to, but I do use them.
> Bill

Dear Bill

Wow. I’m surprised and disappointed to hear you precisely mirror and express what Mark Fisher called Capitalist Realism, and what Slavoj Zizek terms ‘fetishistic disavowal’ – which is the internalized form of commodity fetishism. It takes the form of ‘I know very well, but’ (or as you put it, ‘I hate that it has to exist at all, but’.)

To use a common example. One understands that Amazon is truly awful and Jeff Bezos one straight up evil, greedy ass motherfucker.. but one continues using Amazon (ie. is in service to It) simply because it’s ‘convenient’. Yeah, sure is convenient for Jeoff’s disgusting bank balance..

One has taken on the very notion of Capitalism internally, successfully been subsumed within its ideological functioning and operations, to the extent that one readily accepts its false premises and promises – mainly that it’s The Only Game In Town. One does this however, through one’s inner moral or troubled thoughts, but through one’s daily actions. After all, it’s not just what one thinks, but how one acts. The relationships one makes. And it’s this mental schism and consumerist Realpolitik style bullshit ‘pragmatism’ which allows us to successfully ignore our ongoing complicity in violent, repressive ethical compromises under Capitalism. One can continue to indulge in I.T, because one feels absolved from the guilt that arrives from falsely feeling powerless at an apparent lack of alternatives. That nothing can possibly change for the better, because everything’s changing so fast one simply hasn’t the opportunity to jump off the train of Global Capital currently heading over the cliff. One might as well enjoy the ride, right? Shit, why not help stoke the comforting fires of our own planetary destruction while we’re at it?

Drifter: You gotta listen to me. I thought you boys understood. It’s Business, that’s all it is.. You still don’t get it, do you boys? There ain’t no countries anymore. No more good guys. They’re running the whole show. They own everything, the whole goddam planet – they can do whatever they want! What’s wrong with having it good for a change? Now they’re gonna let us have it good if we just help them. They’re gonna leave us, alone, let us make some money. You can have a little taste of that good life too. Now I know you want it, hell, everybody does..
Frank: You’d do it to your own kind.
Drifter: What’s the treat? We all sell out everyday. Might as well be on the winning team!
– They Live (John Carpenter, 1988)

But then Amazon doesn’t even tell you you’re powerless does it – like an endlessly fruitful cornucopia (of cosmically useless, plastic Earth destroying bullshit), it ‘offers’ you the story – the goddam lie – that the only real (pseudo) ‘choice’ is simply to Shut Up And Shop. The irrationality of the System is built in with every click of that Purchase button.

Fuck that white noise. And fuck Patreon, too. I need alternatives to (Capitalistic) Alternatives. As for the bullshit term ‘necessary evil’, that just means “It’s necessary for me to continue being evil, because I profit mightily from it.” Irrational modes of non-thinking which begin “In a Capitalist society, we all have to make compromises.” It’s only Capitalist because the wankers that own absolutely fucking everything are immune to genuine change, and hold billions of minds in the strong ideological grip of ‘100% Genuine All Natural & Innate Capitalism, Honest!’

A better world for all is not only possible, it’s essential for our survival as Artists, and as one species amongst many. You know what they say – if “Patreon” is the answer, you must be asking the wrong fucking question. Just stating the obvious here, Bill. It’s long been a Public Secret – but the point is to change.

Beneath the greasy cobblestones of Capitalist crowdfunding, the cool artistic beach.

Robert What

Hypertography One Exhibit: the ideology of Minecraft

RND/ to consider the ideology of Minecraft as symbolic capitalism; the world as merely infinitely dividable [1] resource-cubes to be managed [2]

Part of the Hypertography One Exhibit

/ on minecrafts digital feudalism

to consider minecraft as user generated exploitationware

in which research play as just another word for work / research as whole nowadays too often just another job

countless unpaid human hours sunk into minecraft / x fan made quote user -discontent shares common underlying features with modern wage slavery / digital feudalism

in which there seems sense in which hard working resarcs -“hwr”/ need to wise up / demand to be paid in full -“pif”/ by large play space companies which casually exploit ir endlessly creative imaginative efforts on sly

– in which minecraft as good play only because of boundless creativity of unpaid research serfs working incredibly hard on / for notchs little -cash farm/ not because of any intrinsic qualities of x own

kinda like soylent green – consider minecraft as made from blood / sweat of people

queue video of ancient feudalism at work

now compare / contrast with minecraft

ask/ whose more actually – creating – real play here

note similarity with microsofts classic propaganda line – where do ir want to go today?

x as go anywhere ir want do whatever ir feel like – except x wherever ir travel / whatever activities ir plan take place on lands owned by fat feudal lord

sure ir quote free – but only to move -literally someone elses turf – act for someone elses profit – like certain kickable little nerks

minecrafts basic message/ shut up / keep digging -for ey

merely quote having fun or playing for / with quote social props as / perhaps should no longer be enough for modern resarc who as rapidly becoming more savy about ir rights to be paid in full for real hard work / countless hours ir plow into grindy video research – especially those like minecrafts cheerful little skinner box

for example – say ir built replica of entire mines of moria inside video research space/ x pretty awesome / must of taken absolutely ages to complete right

but so then why arent ir getting fair share of play spaces -huge profits

resarcs of world listen up/ x as new quest – into cold hard “ca$h4cubes

x as/ “pay4play”/ ir want ir to play but first hand over cheddar – then ey will talk innocent research fun

after all x creations like ir x are directly selling play to / for other people

indeed ir one really making quote research space – building x very structure – as opposed to these fat cat land owners who after all not even provide ir with pickaxe

difficult to imagine billions of times people have hacked away at hard digital wood / stone of minecrafts happy feudal kingdom

yet reason ir arent ir sitting pretty in ir own luxury offices like markus persson as because industry mainly sees resarcs only in terms of cheap labor free rat ir make -sorry user generated quote content – like styrofoam packing peanuts / perhaps ir blind willingness to click cows all day long in act of selfless voluntary suffering

queue image of famous minecraft cube processing units on loltube / greasy beard necked creepies continually fiddling with cubes

perhaps x high time for few more revolting digital peasants / resarc serfs to rise up / refuse work aka totally awesome permanent enforced fun – funemployment

rnd/ minecraft infographic poster

Minecraft Infographic Poster

in which minecraft sells 100 million copies – infographic poster remix

example ratist statement via internet theorist for hire robert what/ imaginary research scenario in which minecraft sure objectively feels like raw maximum fun™ multiplying walmart style infinite notches in heavy worn leather whipping belt – unchecked cool black tenticular ooze spreading globally

sing together now ye bright guileless man children / ir glove to micromanage tiny cubes inside ir little boxes

n feels like prison for mind

/ minecraft prison

what all of these theories constantly re-emphasize is the power exerted by environments upon individuals, or rather, the ability of environments to get inside individuals. like althusser’s theory of interpellation, and jameson’s concept of autosurveillance, panopticism is yet another means by which subjects are “programmed” by ideology. the distinctive feature of these systems is their ability to silently coerce individuals, to make them “willingly” subject themselves to relations of inequality. such systems are utterly conducive to the needs of capitalism in the sense that, under each of these regimes, there is often no need for capital to use direct force to constrain its workers. observation, oversight, and supervision of workers becomes individualized and internalized, so that workers are now made to work by themselves
– matt garite, the ideology of interactivity [3]

x just like x oldskool horror movie “cube”

/ house of ubu notch

Minecraft: house of Ubu Notch

– in which fellow resarcs feel left to mop up toxic synthetic tears spills of disingenuous melancholy billionaire ball scratchers again [4] who must own dull lead cubes for a heart

/ ubu notch manglefesto

Minecraft: Ubu Notch Manglefesto

– brief quote manglefesto concerning who precisely garmedevs develop for

question/ so apparently these people modern devs create for eh – damn

ir exist to help emergent radical play [5] – not make excuses to merely hang out / feel as rich / lite as bunches of smug posing munts

“Never Work” (for videogames)

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  1. Division Of Labor
  2. Paperclips
  3. Videogames and the Taylorization of leisure
  4. Toxic millionaire gamedevs
  5. Robert What, “Abstract Encounters”

// how to play big science