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Wide-scale structural change will be essential for curbing the climate crisis — but a simple job guarantee misses many underlying issues.

As COVID-19 begins to strike the global economy, it is bringing to the forefront of conversation and policy topics otherwise rarely discussed (outside of leftist circles) — in some countries, governments are keeping businesses alive by paying their workers. In others, rent has been cancelled and delayed. In others, effectively nothing has happened — small stimulus packages and a lack of regulation look to be leading to an eviction landslide in the USA. Worldwide though, many are out of work — and now, many will be out of their homes.

This is, perhaps, the most visceral window imaginable into neoliberalism’s long term failings — its repetitive (and highly damaging) booms and busts, and its brutal punishment of those it deems sub-par (normally, those born below a certain economic threshold). These features are evident in capitalism as a whole — but without a large dose of Keynesian economics to stabilise the (supposedly all-knowing) capitalist market, and to keep its citizens alive, they’re accentuated further. Coronavirus, alongside the ongoing (and ever-climbing) ecological crisis, teaches us as a species a valuable set of lessons — as nice as it may feel (to some) to base a society on the supposed “human nature” of everlasting growth and greed, with the invisible hand of the market guiding us towards some prosperous future, it is as horribly unsustainable and downright cruel as much as it is resilient and hard to replace. For a select few, that resilience is a boon — for most others, it’s a curse that feels inescapable, repressed to the back of the mind as capitalist realism, or brought to the forefront through anger, pain, and protest. …


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The history of audio formats is a long and troubled one. For decades, companies and individuals have brawled, attempting to capture sound in the best, or cheapest, or most space efficient way. Even today, old audio formats are uncovered, previously lost to history. Today, however, only a few remain in use. And it’s time to figure out which is best.

Streaming

The current big player, streaming composes a staggering 80% of the modern music industry. …


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Taken on a Nikon F with Fujifilm X-tra 40

The era of film photography dominance lasted a long time — from its inception in 1888 with the Kodak, stretching over a century to the late 90s and early 2000s. Digital media swept film aside, and absolutely revolutionised the technology behind creating images.

Luckily though, the slate wasn’t wiped entirely clean. With 100 years of film cameras lying around, people were bound to make use of them, and companies were bound to (with a heavy heart) comply, keeping a small but reliable subsection of the photography market making use of old formats. In the UK, the high street is keeping film photography alive — small companies either develop in-house, or send rolls off to large developing labs. …

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Zev Cooper-Bennun

Student of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Passionate about digital+analogue photography, 3D artwork, ethics in the digital world, and more.

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