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Selected images from the animated film Sign by Katsura Moshino.
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An excerpt from
The Portable Promised Land
, a collection of short stories by Touré

The wait is over. Here they are: the dialect’s heavyweight champeens. The soul semiotics HNICs. The vernacular’s Big Willies. Afrolexicology Today’s Bi-Annual list of the Top 50 words in African-America.
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Featured Independent Media:

is run by an international group of cyborgs skilled in combat and war games. They can run faster than the speed of sound, make themselves invisible and move static objects purely with the power of thought.

Bidisha is the spokesperson for . She has psychic abilities and can turn people to stone just by looking at them. Bidisha has dedicated her life to pursuit of "The Masterplan."
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gameLab: expanding the boundaries of the gaming world and reshaping the culture of games.
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By Rick Silva

Plunderphonics goes online in the zeros. If the Internet is the new street, then the cutup or bootleg is the sound pouring out of the boomboxes. Uploadphonix, the uploading of bootlegs and cutups, is the first musical movement born post peer-to-peer sharing technology and in large part, because of it. On the surface uploadphonix seems to use the net only as a convenience of distribution, but really it is a movement of creative exchange and reestablishing the aura that is lost in all pop (by pop I mean popular; heavy rotation, unavoidable) music. In uploadphonix bedroom remixers offer up their sacrifices to the web in hope that the web will return to them creative responses and inspiration.

A Minority Within the Minority
By Jaron Lanier

A while back I was asked to help Steven Spielberg brainstorm a science fiction movie he intended to make based on the Philip K. Dick short story "Minority Report". A team of "futurists" would imagine what the world might be like in fifty years, and I would be one of the two scientist/technologists on the team. The other team members included an anthropologist (Steve Barnett), a city planning expert (Joel Garreau), and so on.

Memories of a Forgotten War:
A Filipino/American Ghost Story

By John Eperjesi

As the credits roll by at the end of the new experimental documentary by Camilla Benolirao Griggers and Sari Lluch Dalena, Memories of a Forgotten War, Camilla asks random passers-by on the streets of New York what they know about the Filipino-American War. Person after person responds with slightly embarrassed, stuttering confusion, "The Filipino-American what?" One person, in all sincerity, offers up the theory that the war was about rice -- that the Filipinos traditionally ate brown rice and we made them switch to white rice.

By Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid

Sonar is one of the largest festivals of electronic music in Europe. Aside from the U.S.'s "Burning Man" Festival that occurs in August, it''s one of the main places that international dj culture can explore the outter limits of mix culture. But that's an understatement. To put it bluntly: it's THE festival that determines the taste and style of the currents of electronic that flow through the world's underground and avant-garde music in the early 21st century. As such, it brings together the major themes and issues that undergird digital media, sound art, and contemporary aesthetics - it's a perfect reflection of what's going on in the rapidly changing world of digital culture. Paul D. Miller a.k.a. Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid, one of 21C Magazine's editors, was involved with the production of the catalog that went with the festival, and we have the pleasure to reproduce a remix of one of the main essays that went with the text that accompanied Sonar. The people who run the festival asked Paul D. Miller to write a playful homage to this years Sonar as the main catalog essay for the book that accompanied the show, and here's a revised and expanded version of his text with images. "Sonartext" is an intimate view of the mentality that accompanies the idea of a modern avant-garde festival - it's a manifesto statement about the digital NOW.

Night Vision: Notes from the Curator
By Joy Garnett

Late in September 2001, some weeks after the 9/11 attacks, I attended several evening gatherings of artists in galleries and watering holes around the city. Many of us had been avoiding venturing out to social or public events, and several of us had not spoken to one another since before the attacks. Ground Zero was still smoking, most of us were back at work, but no one was really functioning normally and no one was even thinking about the true meaning of "recovery" just yet. War was on the horizon. We began to talk of our experiences and feelings of the past weeks, and also about our work and what we thought we should or shouldn't be doing as artists.

Think Networks:
Albert-László Barabási

By Roy Christopher

We all know our world is held together through a vast network of connections, and we're all coming to realize that it's becoming more connected and interdependent with every passing day. The question is how? In what ways are we altering our lives with this network, and how do we deal with the negative aspects of the overwhelming connectivity?

Enter Albert-László Barabási and his new book, Linked: The New Science of Networks. Underneath our online world of seemingly random connections, the cells of our bodies and our social ties lies a network of hubs and ever-growing links with surprisingly not-random patterns.

Pimp Notes on Autonomy
Pop Stars of the 21st Century

By Beth Coleman

Pimping may be the second oldest profession in the world, but it was in America first that the pimp became a black pop star.

"At one time we lived on the coast of Africa that was called Maritania. We were a proud family. We were people of dignity people of structure. The Canary Islands is where they actually was making them slaves. By the time they got over to America the Europeans was so impressed with the beautiful black sister that he would often rape her. What happened was the male African got wise, 'What does he do to you when you are with him?' 'He makes me have sex and offers gifts like pork chops.'

Devil's Playground
A Film By Lucy Walker

Teenagers stream in and reach for bottles of beer with both hands while a deafening band tries AC/DC covers with two chords. The alcohol leads to cocaine and the party hits a fever pitch before boys and girls begin to pair off for the night. This could be a typical high school get-together if it were not for one striking characteristic:

These kids are Amish.

Sample Coordinates
By McKenzie Wark

Armed only with a notebook and a handheld global positioning device, McKenzie Wark tracks the secret passage of free time and free thought through the spaces of an everyday life lived increasingly in the shadow of the satellites. 'Sample Coordinates' records one writer's experience of art and everyday life while struggling to be at home in a world of global commerce and surveillance. 'Sample Coordinates' proposes a joyous but pragmatic anarchy of thought and writing as the antidote to the discipline that states and markets alike impose on knowledge and culture.

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