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Most-read Datacide articles of 2013

January 2nd, 2014

As we did one year and two years ago, here is a list of the most-read articles on the Datacide site from 2013.

1. You’re too Young to Remember the Eighties – Dancing in a Different Time by DJ Controlled Weirdness (from Datacide 10) – the second most read article in the previous year has seen an increasing readership over the year, and in fact over the last few years. Neil’s account of the underground dance scene in London from before the acid house days is giving insights that are otherwise rarely glimpsed and brings up fond memories for those who remember this period.

2. Dope Smuggling, LSD Manufacture, Organised Crime & the Law in 1960s London by Stewart Home (from Datacide 11) is also enjoying a steadily rising readership. This was the article version of his talk at the 2008 datacide conference, up from number 3 the previous year.

3. From Subculture to Hegemony: Transversal Strategies of the New Right in Neofolk and Martial Industrial by Christoph Fringeli, which was the most read piece in 2011 (from Datacide 11) and number 5 in 2012. Still wondering who reads this and related articles – Anti-Fascists? Fans of industrial music? Fans of Evola or Jünger?

4. COIL – Interview from 1986 plus Introduction by Christoph Fringeli/John Balance. Being linked to from Wikipedia and the official Coil site this is still the most read post on datacide attracting a steady readership. This year at number 4, just like in 2012.

5. Anti-Semitism from Beyond the Grave – Muslimgauze’s Jihad by CF has not previously been amongst the 10 most read articles, but seems to be gaining more interest over time.

6. The Brain of Ulrike Meinhof by CF is another text with a a steady readership, both previous years at number 8.

7.  The Dog’s Bollocks – Vagina Dentata Organ and The Valls Brothers (Interview) by John Eden. Exclusive interview with Jordi Valls is the top post from the Datacide 12 paper issue from 2012.

8. What the Fuck? – Operation Spanner by Jo Burzynska from Datacide 2 – and thus the oldest article originally published in Datacide in this list. Was already number 7 in the 2011 and 2012 charts.

9. WE MEAN IT MAN: Punk Rock and Anti-Racism – or: Death In June not Mysterious. Stewart Home’s article on Death In June from Datacide 7, which was number 4 in 2011 and number 6 in 2012.

10. 10 Years after the Kosovo War – The Making of a Failed State by CF, an online-only text.

While it’s not surprising that no posts from the new Datacide 13 are in these charts – we only started publishing the articles on the web in the last couple of weeks – the list shows that the list of the most read articles is quite similar to the lists of the last two years. Only one interview from Datacide 12 – The Dog’s Bollocks – made it into the top 10, and only two other texts made it that was not yet in the last two lists – the Making of a Failed State – which was published online only in 2009 and the Muslimgauze piece from Datacide 9.

Some other articles were widely received such as Communisation Theory and the Question of Fascism from Datacide 12 – but it was much more read on other sites – like libcom – where it was re-posted than here.

From the recently posted first articles from Datacide 13 Emencified Shrill Out – Nomex at the Controls is getting a lot of hits right now! So check it out and browse the site for many other great articles.

Overall the average readership of this site is growing steadily every year, while the sales of the paper seem to be steady (a bit too early to judge number 13). What is missing though are subscriptions of which there are very few. Please consider taking out a subscription – you’ll be amongst the first to receive the printed copy with a large mailout done right after we finish printing. Subscriptions are EUR 12.00 for 3 issues and you can include back issues. It makes the logistics of getting copies out to readers a lot easier than orders of single copies (which are obviously welcome too). If you prefer to read datacide digitally please consider making a donation.

We are currently preparing a limited re-issue of Datacide 9 (from which 3 of the above listed articles are from) which will be available this month both in print and as a .pdf.

Emencified Shrill Out: Nomex at the Controls

December 26th, 2013

Interview by John Eden

Nomex should need no introduction to Datacide readers, but here goes anyway. One of the organisers of the seminal “Dead by Dawn” parties held in the mid nineties at Brixton’s 121 Centre, Nomex contributed visuals, abstract/harsh performances and much more besides. His releases on his own Adverse label have included everything from vinyl abuse to the sounds of bones in the Paris catacombs. The Nomex discography also includes output on Praxis, Cavage, and Reverse amongst others. Despite performing across the globe (from Teknivals to art galleries) he is still a purposely-obscure figure to most. What follows is the only print interview I am aware of.

Were you involved with any music/sound projects before Nomex?

That’s not music”

 Yes – many! [Read more →]

Wikipedia – A Vernacular Encyclopedia (Datacide Version)

December 24th, 2013

Wikipedia evolved from a different project Nupedia which focused on engaging with highly qualified academics who, it was hoped, would apply their scholarship to the development of an online encyclopedia. However, right at the beginning of this project Wikipedia was set up as a piece of cyberspace where people could experiment and develop material for the main project . . . but the open framework of Wikipedia meant that it attracted a much broader range of contributors. Something fell into place as the level of participation enabled a viable form of crowd-sourcing to emerge. Soon the vernacular offshoot overshadowed what had been considered the main project. (For more info see HERE).

The Reformation Version of the Vernacular

I am using the term “vernacular” in order to contextualise various phenomena which have been described as the “knowledge revolution”, the “information revolution” or the “digital revolution” in a broader historical framework. Whereas the new cyber-entrepreneurs wish to stress how their technological innovations are new!-new!-new!, I look at the impact of new cyber-technologies principally in terms of European religious reformation and the advent of the book.

Max Weber pointed out some time ago in his The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism how capitalism is linked to the development of reading. Here he reflects on Luther’s notion of beruf, or calling, and focuses on the importance of the book. This view was then turned inside out by Marshall McLuhan, who identifies technology as the motor of social change. The predictive quality of his books The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) and Understanding Media (1964) – which in many ways foresaw the culture of the internet – make his view quite seductive. And it is more than understandable that such a fetishised view of technology should prove attractive to the cyber-entrepreneurs: the gleaming new commodities magically transform society, through a sleight of hand where the role of human beings as human actors has been replaced by simulacra, by automatons. [Read more →]

Crystal Distortion

December 22nd, 2013

“I need flesh.” I said slapping the 2nd gen’s huge cock away.  I was not disgusted, it’s not an emotion I am enabled with, machines just do not do it for me, I’m programmed to respond to human skin and that’s what my pleasure circuits are linked up to.

“I’ve got creds.” He said, which put me on edge; he was a low range escort and should not have been in one of the higher levels, he should not have been in the Pleasure Gardens, and he should not have wanted to have sex with me, he was more than broken, he was infected with Crystal distortion.

“Bot to bot’s illegal, maybe I could run you a nice simulation?” I asked.

“Sim’s are for a passive compliant. You need to experiment, live a little.” He peeled away the skin on his forehead where his tracker should have been. “Got to feel what it’s like when the chain of command is all in here.” He pointed at his head with one hand, and pushed me against the wall with the other, tearing at my clothes, prodding me with his mechanical phallus. I put two hands on his penis, channelled all my energy into my forearms and ripped it off. He smiled, picked me up over his head and dashed me to the floor. I tried to move, but only my eyes reacted, I could see parts of my body strewn across the floor. [Read more →]

Shared Vertigo

December 16th, 2013

S H A R E D V E R T I G O

You are here and so am I

Maybe millions of people go by

But they all dissapear from view

And I only have eyes for you

Flamingos

I killed my father

I ate human flesh

I quiver with joy

Pier Paolo Pasolini

It’s me. I soured1 myself. I spoke too soon

I spoke for you. I sought to impose my tempo.

I detuned my song from fear. I bittered.

I jealoused in the third wound. I was alone.

I wanted acceptance. I succumbed to fashion.

I repressed a history of sadness. I retracted.

I couldn’t come through. I became enwrapped

in nostalgia. I had only an illusory power.

How many of them: intellectual illusions”2 [Read more →]

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