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your struggle isn’t new – yoñlu, alienation and the internet

content warning: mental illness, depression, suicide

I first stumbled upon Yoñlu’s music in September of 2016 through a review on rateyourmusic. I listened to his record “A Society in Which No Tear Is Shed Is Inconceivably Mediocre”, read one piece about him in PASTE magazine and then I pretty much forgot about him. That was until February of this year, where I randomly revisited his work while bored on Spotify only for his music to click. I then spent roughly two weeks obsessively listening to the same fourteen songs, bringing the topic up when talking to friends, constantly browsing the English-speaking side of the internet for information and refusing to shut up about Yoñlu’s music. This article is pretty much the result of this conflict – an attempt to put this topic to bed while sounding vaguely interesting.

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piracy is good actually

If you’ve had the misfortune of using the internet (specifically twitter) for the last few months you’ve probably seen a few anti-piracy whingers on your timeline. This demographic, which mainly consists of terminally horny Nintendo fans have a bone to pick with anyone who even dares to pirate a video game (or anything else for that matter) and they refuse to stop posting about it. This group, infuriated by a kid’s fighting game going up online early seem to think that by downloading a video game without shelling out eighty euros you’re personally firing employees, forcing corporations to add lootboxes into another mediocre battle royale and murdering babies. Now admittedly I do believe in oppressing all gamers but I also believe it’s fun to dunk on them first. So here’s a ramble about why piracy is one of the best aspects of the current internet.