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Can the Term “Gentrification” be Applied to the Internet?

by Rea McNamara on April 6, 2016
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On Monday, luxury lifestyle website Amuse published an interview with Petra Cortright, in which she used the term “gentrification” to describe how the internet is now less weird.

“I think the internet is becoming this really gentrified place,” the LA-based digital artist told writer Iona Goulder. “Today’s forms of social media feels more like people’s personal brands. Now it’s just people promoting their shit constantly and it makes stuff on the internet less weird. Everything feels more censored.”

Boosted by the interview’s SEO-driven headline — ”Petra Cortright on the Gentrification of the Internet” — the story circulated through my social feeds this week, eventually provoking a dust-up within some of my internet art circles. Cortright is among the increasing number of artists whose practices were shaped by the surf club era and who have gained bricks-and-mortar gallery representation and Rhizome cataloguing, so an overarching criticism of her statement stemmed from the perceived entitlement of an early internet user. There is an enduring fondness that borders on immaterial fetishization for a time when the internet was this unfettered, non-indexed boon of online amateur cultural production.

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Sanitizing the Web: Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update

by Corinna Kirsch on April 22, 2015
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Crappy websites, art websites, old websites—Google is pushing you out. This is gentrification on the web.

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Net Neutrality Is Finished

by Paddy Johnson and Matthew Leifheit on April 24, 2014
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Three months after a federal appeals court struck down the agency rules intended to guarantee a neutral Internet, the F.C.C. has shifted its position on the matter, now supporting “fast lanes” for Internet traffic.

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Tuesday Links: Unforseen Bounties

by Corinna Kirsch on December 17, 2013

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  • Well-known horrible person George Zimmerman is selling his personal artwork on eBay … bidding has nearly topped $100,000. (Thanks, Joseph Beuys, for the constant reminder that anyone and everyone can be an artist.) [Vanity Fair]
  • Film Comment gives us their Top 50 films of the year. 2013: This year has given me just enough time to see two of these films. It’s been a year of busy blogging. [Film Comment]
  • WELL, THIS WAS UNEXPECTED: Detroit’s bankruptcy ruling will be appealed. [Detroit Free Press]
  • The Hugo Boss Prize gives a single artist $100,000 and a solo show at the Guggenheim. The 2014 finalists were announced last week, and we haven’t said much about it because, well, as the Times points out, the list isn’t full of too many surprises. [The New York Times]
  • Is the Internet like a “stream” or a wealth of “pages”? #metaphorproblems [The Atlantic]
  • What doth plague the House of Sotheby’s? Less than a full rotation of the moon has gone by since Sotheby’s Head of Contemporary Art Tobias Meyer left under a cloudy resignation. Perhaps to shed its former woes, new changes are abreast; Sotheby’s has hired Domenico De Sole (from luxury fashion retailers Tom Ford and Gucci) as the auction house’s Lead Independent Director. [Art Market Monitor]
  • New publication “The Artist as Curator” claims the history of artists is an “understudied phenomenon.” Really? Nobody else cared to write or talk about this until now? [The Artist as Curator]
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