media and culture

Towards a futurology of the present - Marco Cuevas-Hewitt

Marco Cuevas-Hewitt outlines an emerging practice amongst radical writers; one entailing an attentiveness to intimations of alternative futures arising in the present. This "futurology of the present", as he calls it, represents a significant break with the hackneyed jeremiads and manifestos of earlier political generations, which limit themselves either to a simple negation of the present or to the authoritarian prescription of an idealised future. Delving into questions around the role of artists and writers in social movements and wider society, Cuevas-Hewitt's goal is a re-imagining of radical politics and a re-tooling of radical writerly practice.

Bailing Ourselves Out: Leveraging Against Banking Barons in America’s Heartland

Occupy Norman

Even before the crash, market fundamentalists have allowed unchecked economic warfare to be waged, ravaging neighborhoods across wide swaths of the country. But the people – real people, not ‘corporate persons’ – are fighting back.

The Detective Novel by João Bernardo

Detective Novel and the Thriller

An original thought-provoking essay on the Detective Novel and in particular the thriller, as regards action and isolation by Joao Bernardo translated from the Portuguese.

"Every meal was a working meal"

Anonymous account of overtime in the video game industry in the early 90s.

Interview with Jacques Servin

Interview with former Maxis programmer Jacques Servin, who was fired after inserting code in response to poor conditions.

Organising MMA fighters

The attempts to secure basic rights for mixed-martial arts fighters continue in the US.

Murder attempt inquiry to be dismissed over G8 facts in Genova

Mark Cowell after G8 in Genova, 2001

British journalist, Mark Cowell, was subjected to a "brutal" and "potentially lethal" aggression during the demo against G8 in Genova (2001). Now, the inquiry is coming to an end. Italian newspapers and nationwide media are not reporting this story.

Indignados and the Arab Spring - a graphic collection

Work from designers and artists at the sharp end of 2011's rebellions in the Middle East, North Africa, Spain and Latin America.

The mystery of advertising and the city of the future

As more and more semiotic functions are handed over by individuals to the marketeers, their sheer amount is ultimately overwhelming them, escaping the rigid grids that had been built for their containment, overflowing, becoming floods.

Black Flag 234 (late 2011)

A bit belatedly, Black Flag would like to announce the free online release of issue 233 of the magazine, along with our customary teaser article for the most recent issue - the one we need you to buy to keep us printing! This time around, Jack Ray, recently returned from Spain, talks about the Indignados movement there. It's a timely article, as Spain's right-wing government beds in with little electoral mandate, but a whole lot of attitude...