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KEEP CALM AND BLAME THE ALGORITHMS
March 7th, 2013 by Clark Humphrey

via quietbabylon.com

There’s quite a story behind the controversial “Keep Calm and Rape a Lot” T-shirt.

Turns out none were ever sold or even made.

It was offered on Amazon as a print-on-demand item, along with several hundred other slogans. This was done by a company that used a software algorithm to create the phrases.

Tim Maly offers a very poetic account of the fiasco at his site Quiet Babylon. In it, Maly also offers this image of the e-tail realm:

Amazon isn’t a store, not really. Not in any sense that we can regularly think about stores. It’s a strange pulsing network of potential goods, global supply chains, and alien associative algorithms with the skin of a store stretched over it, so we don’t lose our minds.


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