Fannui greets Detective Pikachu

Posted by Peter Lunenfeld on November 13th, 2018 filed in Uncategorized
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I was being interviewed by the Huffington Post’s Bill Bradley about the creeped-out disappointment online fans expressed about a live action Pokemon movie. Asked if these feeling fit into the idea of the uncanny valley, I responded no, because Pikachu was never “real.” The emotions expressed online don’t fit Mori’s concept of the eeriness of simulations that approach the real without quite getting there. Instead, I decided to coin “fannui” which combines “fandom” with “ennui.” The way I see it, a subset of Pokemon fandom is unhappy that this 3D-motion-captured-CG-furred-celebrity-actor-voiced version of their long-term fantasy investment doesn’t scratch their nostalgic itch or offer new generic pleasures. Fannui identifies the disappointment consumers have expressed about recent Star Wars films, and other underperforming mega-tainment franchises.


There Will Be Bowling

Posted by Peter Lunenfeld on November 12th, 2018 filed in Uncategorized
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Greystone Mansion opens occasionally for tours. I’m standing in the mansion’s iconic bowling alley, featured in the last scene of Paul Thomas Anderson’ There Will Be Blood (2008). The film is inspired by Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel, Oil!, which in turn was based loosely on Edward Doheny’s story, which includes the sensational murder of his son Ned in Greystone.


Research, yes, it’s research

Posted by Peter Lunenfeld on August 2nd, 2018 filed in Uncategorized
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If you recognize who I’m with, great. If not, you can wait for my new book, tentatively titled City on the Edge of Forever: Los Angeles Beyond the Screen for more. Also, happy to say that Viking will be publishing it in 2020.


Coffee with Isis Aquarian

Posted by Peter Lunenfeld on July 18th, 2018 filed in Uncategorized
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My wife and I had coffee in Los Feliz with the Source Family‘s archivist and historian Isis Aquarian. I’ve been writing about the Source restaurant and Jim Baker/Father Yod for my forthcoming book on LA’s cultural lives, so it was fantastic to connect with Isis on one of her visits back to Southern California from her home in Hawaii.


How Apple Got the World to Speak Emoji

Posted by Peter Lunenfeld on July 18th, 2018 filed in Uncategorized
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Phaedon celebrated World Emoji Day by excerpting my discussion of Aldous Huxley, the Doors of Perception and the emergence of “non verbal humanities” from their catalogue for the London Design Museum’s California: Designing Freedom catalogue


Summer Reading List

Posted by Peter Lunenfeld on June 28th, 2018 filed in Uncategorized
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Happy to be included in Roy Christopher’s 15th annual summer reading list alongside Rick Moody, Zizi Papacharissi, Paul D. Miller and others. Some of my picks include Johanna Drucker’s new books and Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter’s Organization After Social Media, a detail of which is pictured above.


New Chinese translation of D_H

Posted by Peter Lunenfeld on January 27th, 2018 filed in Uncategorized
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China Renmin University Press just published a translation of Digital_Humanities.


Posted by Peter Lunenfeld on January 14th, 2018 filed in Uncategorized
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Looking forward to getting my copy of Tim Durfee and Mimi Zeigler’s Made Up: Design’s Fictions coming out from Actar this Spring. I’d want this book even if I didn’t have a short piece in it!


California Design Ideology @ CAA

Posted by Peter Lunenfeld on January 14th, 2018 filed in Uncategorized
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My talk “The California (Design) Ideology: Information Wants To Be Free (To Make Money)” will be part of Arden Stern and Sami Siegelbaum’s panel “Design and Neo-Liberalism” at the College Art Association’s 2018 conference.


DMA UG Show 2018

Posted by Peter Lunenfeld on January 14th, 2018 filed in Uncategorized
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The UCLA Design Media Arts Undergraduate Show this year bears the title “Dis-,” which is a prefix that the students point out has three meanings: 1. indicating reversal; 2. indicating negation, lack, or deprivation; 3. indicating removal or release. Come to see which, if any, of these meanings predominates. Opening in the New Wight Gallery at 5:00 on Thursday, January 18th.