10 x 4 – Teen Witch

10 x 4 - Teen Witch The Internet is a high school, and Teen Witch helps give you the necessary advice you need to get with the cool clique. The young Chicago tastemaker has recently shifted from the digital realm into the physical with his answer to Tiger Beat, TEEN WITCH MAGAZINE. Say a spell and come inside.

1. Biggest inspiration?
Everyone on my friends list that is doing something cool and different. I get to watch them grow and it really drives me the most because I just want to build along with them.

2. Last album you loved?
In a rotation of GrimesVisions, Hunx‘s Hairdresser Blues and Nicki Minaj‘s Roman Reloaded.

3. Raging or chilling out?
I’m still trying to figure that out. I really love staying in and watching television, but I’m always thinking I’m missing out on everything that is going on. I want to be apart of everything I just don’t want to get out of bed.

4. Secret advice?
Get out there; network, create and have fun. I believe in the power of thought, if you think about what you want and think about how to get it it’s going to happen. See yourself as your heroes and stop taping up pictures of people you admire on your walls and put up pictures of yourself in their place. Invest in yourself or you’re probably going to live a pointless life.

5. Favorite place to create?
Social networking sites.

6. The internet: what mysteries does it hold?
The internet only allows you to know what it wants you to know.

7. One thing you can’t live without?
A decent WiFi connection.

8. Buffy: great show or greatest show?
Buffy represents all that is girl power!

9. Biggest break so far?
Being acknowledged by people I look up to.

10. THE FUTURE: what it holds and how we can destroy it:
For myself, I’m starting to work on getting out a clothing line. I want to put out a few pieces in conjunction with TEEN WITCH magazine that kind of represent each issue. Hopefully that will be out this summer then the next issue this fall/winter. You can destroy it all in a press of a power button.

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The Rise of Tumblr Culture & The Post-Physical Reality

We live in a visual culture. The Word is dying; ‘a picture’s worth a thousand words’ = pictures are death. By manipulating formless ideas we slowly kill ourselves: the repetitive thrill of the never-ending scroll feed, the pleasure of a briefly favored embedded MP3. But a living creature must decay in any case. Seeking to establish/reestablish our place in the visual universe as a society and as individuals, we turn to the pulse of the brief and the instantaneous. Thus is born the short-term post-physical consciousness, where our realities and identities are determined by like buttons and self-curated blogs. This is the New Art of Being: as with IRL Reality, in URL Reality you establish yourself into a clique based on visual taste. Are you a Jock, a Punk, a Nerd, or a Stoner? Click here to take our test. As time passes and tastes change, you begin to move into another realm of aesthetic desire.

The new human aura. Our virtual awakening and evolution. Color charts and codes addiction.

This is not new information. We know this, we use this. Art and culture is advanced even as it is dissolved: essential life guides such as DiS and concept-tumblrs such as Perfictionism have expanded the .gif lifestyle into ideas that break the boundaries of Internet and Outernet. That is the key to survival and the ultimate wisdom: if we exist in a world without bodies, we also exist in a world of infinite form. The mind will forever shape reality. We as a culture are already looking inward into our machines; to reach the next phase, we must blend both internal realities. The ease of our IRL-disconnected social lives means that cultural shifting is accelerated, and we are the ones accelerating it. We have control of the visual, and therefore we have the ability to ascend faster than we ever did. We are both the fake and the real.

Past generations had a goal, a level of social advancement to strive for. Our generation’s dream is simply to get high with an extraterrestrial. We gain masters degrees for writing a thesis based on the idea of The Matrix being about weed and pizza. If I wanted to, I could add Siouxsie Sioux on Facebook. My 14 year old self would be ecstatic at the chance to ‘connect’ so easily with someone whose music shaped a lot of my teen years but at this point technology and changing industry standards has made the void between musician and fan so thin that the idea of a ‘music idol’ is obsolete. Via the medium of dissolving, re-ingesting and mutating our pop culture we’re slowly seeing what the future is going to be like: a looped cycle. Reinterpretations and micro-dissections of trends past and present; life through a sexualization/conceptualization lens, filtered through the digital corporeal….these are the best of times and they are the end of times because they are becoming One Time.

“We’re all in free fall towards an abyss of death and trying to reach out and try and connect with someone to ignore that just seems pathetic, somehow, and trying to do anything is pointless because any fraction of infinity is functionally zero.” – Norm MacDonald


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People Staring at Computers

People Staring at Computers Let’s face it: we’ve become an ADD culture that stares at a screen all day. That’s just how it goes. But what do other people see when they see us gazing at our facebooks, twitters and tumblrs? Artist Kyle McDonald wondered the same thing, and so he installed software on the computers in an Apple store in NYC that takes pictures of people using the computers. Turns out we mostly look bored. Check the tumblr for more photos, as well as a video.

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