Almanac of Contemporary Aesthetics

NOTES ON CAMO

NOTES ON CAMO

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After decades of military history, camouflage was ironically borrowed by Vietnam War protesters and rebelliously worn by '90s youth tribes. Over time, it lost not only its mimetic functionality but also the countercultural cachet attached to it, becoming an increasingly amorphous, infuriatingly ambiguous floating signifier—equally sported by Hello Kitty tote bags, Andy Warhol paintings, and RNA rallies. A brief history of the quintessential pattern of outdoor clothing, from warfare to detournement to nonsense.

CANNABIZ

CANNABIZ: THE GENTRIFICATION OF WEED

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As legalization ushers in the corporatization of the marijuana industry, from PotCoin to NASDAQ-listed stocks, frictionless delivery services bring a variety of strains to your doorstep. The new big business co-opts stoner culture and refers to the product exclusively as “cannabis,” in an effort to foreground its medicinal qualities and sweep an ugly history of discrimination under the rug. But will the plant’s healing properties outdo even greed?

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