Throwing itself under the [Micro]bus

The psychology of the VW emissions scandal laid bare (via MeFi), a decade-long deception that stems, in part, from VW’s stubborn desire to give the US market what it thought it needed as opposed to what it so clearly wanted – the ‘stillborn’ 2001 Microbus concept in particular. Going even further back, perhaps VW’s German masters never quite got over the very slightly patronising (although clearly self-deprecating attitudes) that made the 1960s Beetle campaign so important? Those now-legendary ads positioned VW as a tiny, plucky underdog up against American industrial might (and scale). Presumably at some point this narrative started to rub the engineers and executives in Wolfsburg up the wrong way.

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Bunker Research, ‘the hidden history of modernism in the mountains’ by Max Leonard and Camille McMillan / computer generated art and physical installations by Jonathan Monaghan, via POSTmatter, an online publication dedicated to the intersection of the real and virtual / Zadie Smith on Brexit / some music: Unknown Rains, by Prurient / Lift Off Delay, by Cicada Verse / Wovoka Gentle / In celebration of the 1980s 12″ remix – a lot of excellent links there to sift through and listen to.

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