Nick Land: Meltdown ||| Prescient reflections on the future from 1999

cigarette-cooked CRT / desktop era keyboard
cigarette-cooked CRT / desktop era keyboard

 

As sino-pacific boom and automatized global economic integration crashes the neocolonial world system, the metropolis is forced to re-endogenize its crisis. Hyper-fluid capital deterritorializing to the planetary level divests the first world of geographic privilege; resulting in Euro-American neo-mercantilist panic reactions, welfare state deterioration, cancerizing enclaves of domestic underdevelopment, political collapse,and the release of cultural toxins that speed-up the process of disintegration in avicious circle.

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Along the social fracture-lines multimedia gigabucks tangle sado-masochistically with tracts of dynamic underdevelopment where viral neoleprosy spreads amongst ambient tectonic-tension static. Drifts of densely-semiotized quasi-intelligent garbage twitch and stink in fucked-weather tropical heat.Throughout the derelicted warrens at the heart of darkness feral youth cultures splice neo-rituals with innovated weapons, dangerous drugs, and scavenged infotech. Astheir skins migrate to machine interfacing they become mottled and reptilian. They kill each other for artificial body-parts, explore the outer reaches of meaningless sex,tinker with their DNA, and listen to LOUD electro-sonic mayhem untouched by human feeling.

–Nick Land, Meltdown (1999)

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