For working-class and working-poor Chicanos who don’t have the means or concrete opportunities for advanced technical education, lowriding is hacking a la mexicana, a practice that speculates on the meanings and functions of the American automobile, transforming it into a Mexican spaceship.
The question “how many jobs will robots take?” is a false one.
What Europe needs is fewer infinite tasks and more finite ones.
The black and brown peoples whose relation to capital places them closest to the perilous edge of superfluity must declare that all lives matter, regardless of their market value.
Lowriding is working-class Chicano hacking, a way of intervening in and repurposing technology.
Literary critics can only develop more or less persuasive instruction manuals that recommend to reading communities why certain texts should be read together as a genre, how they should be read, and why it matters.
One of the greatest oddities in the cultural history of American cities is the frequency—and relish—with which they have been cinematically destroyed. To be sure, while no sane person truly wants cities to be wiped out, American (and global) audiences are nonetheless exhilarated by their cinematic destruction. A small sample of these visions of earthquakes, floods, monsters, aliens, nuclear wars, tornadoes, and tsunamis will play silently throughout my talk. I hope it will illustrate some of my claims and give you a sense of the sheer spectacle, relentlessness, and terrible fun of the city’s end in cinema. How can we…