It is not easy to make a living as an artist. Anyone who has faced backlash from a potential client over what is almost always a reasonable asking price for a commission can attest to this fact. This is especially true in the case of digital artists. Unlike with tangible, physical art, the process of getting paid as a digital artist is abstracted and virtualized. They exist in a position of precarity that hasn’t shown many signs of stabilizing over the years.
Six Days in Fallujah, slow violence, and the new digital battlefields.
The US military is ramping up its war effort on the front of unreality. Throughout the history of American media, the American soldier is at one moment portrayed as an individualized hero fighting against impossible odds, at the next a soulless avatar caught in a giant unfeeling machine of strict bureaucracy. The US army portrays itself simultaneously as the most powerful, far-reaching militarized force in the world and as an abstracted, virtual, fictional idea. This is one of the defining characteristics of contemporary military propaganda: Leaning into the virtualization…
Writing on connections between power, film, television, and imperialism. Trying my worst.