Adrian Chen

Adrian Chen

Writer. Working on a book.

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I have learned that this is a Joe Biden proposal, which makes me regret shooting so low. (I am congenitally moderate.) Actually, dismantle capitalism.

Rereading "Discipline and Punish" + was struck by Foucault's argument that the plague marked the birth of modern discipline: "The plague-stricken town, traversed throughout with hierarchy, surveillance, observation, writing... this is the utopia of the perfectly governed city."

Everyone talks about Jeremy Bentham's weird prison. But the Panopticon chapter starts out with a really fascinating section on plague-fighting measures in the end of the seventeenth century.

I can't be the only one constantly craving fast food during quarantine. Feels like a psyop.

If, as these professors say, returning to semi-normality relies on universal access to testing we are in trouble here in LA:

We need an independent, non-profit social media platform aimed at decommodifying speech and online identity, stat.

it is sad to me that the idea of alternative social media has become totally monoplized by reactionary free speech warriors (ie gab) while liberals and leftists continue to delude themselves into thinking we can beg or bully Big Tech into doing better.

"It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery we have made, that we exist." Ralph Waldo Emerson just fucked me up.

Ok, I think it's time for a Twitter break. While I'm gone I aim to send out a newsletter more frequently than never: Later✌️

Taking a break from my Twitter break to say: Donate to the @LATenantsUnion  #foodnotrent  solidarity fund! Money goes directly to support LA tenants on rent strike, fighting to stay in their homes:

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"My Family's Slave" is now trending in the Philippines, where it's lunch time. I'm going to share a few interesting threads from Filipinos:

Someone needs to invent Zoomroulette, where you can click a button and drop into a random business meeting, university class, or friend hangout.

The use of "contact tracing" to describe police investigations of protestors is chilling tbh. The war on COVID is normalizing surveillance in a bad way.

In case you missed it, my 2015 story on the Internet Research Agency, just indicted by Mueller

Tried to tamp down the troll farm panic on show last night. It's 90 people with a shaky grasp of English and a rudimentary understanding of U.S. politics shitposting on Facebook.

imo the best way to troll venture capitalists would be to tax capital gains at the same rate as income

Doing my taxes: "Is at least two thirds of your income from farming or fishing?" *gazes wistfully out the window for 40 minutes*

A podcast where people have to explain to their significant others what they're laughing at on Twitter

The FBI takes down another terrorist mastermind

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