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Artist Challenges Facebook With Promises of Cock Spam

by Paddy Johnson on October 27, 2016
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Is the US presidential election putting many of its citizens on edge? The daily headlines are terrible, each bringing a new revelation more shocking than the next. The stakes could not be more dire and conversation more urgent.

In reaction to these times, though, perhaps many us of block friends dissenting friends on Facebook or silence comments we don’t want to hear. Under these conditions, Facebook can seem a bit more like a police state. Prolific artist, Facebook user (and now blogger) Sean Capone speculated that this was indeed the case in an email this morning informing AFC that he’d been banned from Facebook for three days. The offending update? A picture he’d posted from a Larry Clark show at Luhring Augustine back in 2014.

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How to Keep AFC in Your Newsfeed

by Michael Anthony Farley on October 11, 2016
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When AFC launched in 2005, the internet was a totally different beast. Blogs were the little guy, out to upset the corporate media and democratize web content. And we succeeded! But fast-forward to 2016, and “user generated content” is what’s doled out to us by Facebook’s algorithms.

As Facebook continually tweaks its content-prioritization metrics, you’ve probably noticed less and less posts from small publishers like us. Instead, you’re likely to see trending stories about the Kardashians, paid content, and family members fighting about the election. Or worse, baby photos.

Thankfully, there’s a simple way to keep abreast of content such as our daily curated links (much better than Facebook’s!), features, weekly events listings, artist opportunities, commissioned projects including our IMG MGMT series and so much more. Simply visit our Facebook page, rollover the “Like” button, and select “See First” in the newsfeed options (see GIF above!).

We promise prioritizing independent art criticism will make your social media experience exponentially more rewarding. And it will make our days more rewarding—we work hard to bring you the best, weirdest, and/or most relevant stories from the art world and internet. We want to make sure you see them!

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The 150th Wing: Medium Quality Screen Captures

by Michael Anthony Farley on June 17, 2016
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Last year, someone added me to the Facebook group Medium Quality Screen Captures. Suddenly, my newsfeed was full of even more inane or absurd content, cheesy viral marketing, and clickbait than I was accustomed to filtering out. Or rather, documentation of the above net detritus. In screen capture format, the viral videos don’t play, the outrageous headlines can’t be clicked on, and the maddening ill-informed political rants can’t be replied to. These base junk-products of the endless stream of web content are reduced to a neutered archive through the miracle of “post-photography”. In a sense, the informal collective performs a similar function to the VHS-remixing art group Everything is Terrible—skimming the surface of the media we’re semi-non-consentually bombarded with daily online rather than mining the bowels of late-night infomericals and low-budget religious films. In either case, the results are hilarious.

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