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Artist Pablo Helguera has a new series of artoons being serialised over at Artworld Salon. Those familiar with his Manual of Contemporary Art Style will appreciate the slant.

From Shiny Shiny TV:

Remember a couple months back when we told you the fluffy melt in your mouth chocolate was back on the market? It was reintroduced after numerous campaigns on social networking sites started clamouring for the chocolate. Well a couple months later and Wispa has proved so popular that they are bringing it back FULL TIME (or till sales slump).

Yes, from the 6th October you can now stuff your face with as much Wispa as you like, for the price of 45p. I’m not sure if it will remain as popular as it was when there was a limited supply, as when the novelty has gone, will the true fans remain?

Official Wispa site (image)

The Express

Brand Republic



Image held here

So there are two distinct things that are interesting here – the visual and what it represents.

(The trajectory runs from attention data > interest cloud > XXL attention profile).

This represents APML: attention profiling mark up language. (APML is a proposed standard that allows users to share their own personal attention profile and compress all forms of attention data into one portable file format that can be traded between ‘attention seekers and givers’).

The internet is coming up with some intriguing new forms of visual culture to respresent what’s been described and imagined as ‘the crowd’ or ‘the masses’. This runs from the conventional idea of the crowd as a stupid-to-dangerous social ‘blob’ and the dangers of ‘groupthink’, to optimistic ideas of collective intelligence such as James Suroweicki’s The Wisdom of Crowds. It comes back to the old debate of populism. That is, elitism.

‘I quit Facebook.’

This was announced to me during a lull in conversation during my lunch break yesterday. G (not the same G mentioned previously) said it with a certain determination, a certain set of the jaw, and carried through with a hint of pride. Something like the way would announce giving up cigarettes, except with more certitude and confidence, like this was a particularly nasty and worthless habit and he was particularly certain he would feel no need to return to it.

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July 2020