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In the latest issue of e-flux journal, Hito Steyerl plumbs the depths of cell-phone photography, dirty pictures, and what she calls “proxy politics”:
To better understand proxy politics, we could start by drawing up a checklist:
Does your camera decide what appears in your photographs?
Does it go off when you smile?
And will it fire in a next step if you don’t?
Do underpaid outsourced IT workers in BRIC countries manage your pictures of breastfeeds and decapitations on your social media feeds? bottle
Is Elizabeth Taylor tweeting your work?
Are some of your other fans bots who decided to classify your work as urinary mature porn?
Are some of these bots busily enumerating the names of nation states alongside bodily orifices?
Is your total result something like this?
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(/ε＼) (/ε＼) (/ε＼)
Congratulations! Welcome to the age of proxy politics!
Read the rest of this astute and offbeat essay here.