Damian Hondares

Fear and Loathing in GTA V: Where the Wave Broke

“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught,” Hunter Thompson wrote in his 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. “In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.” For his series of haunting photographs taken in Grand Theft Auto V, Morten…

Isn’t It Ironic?

For the record… According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of irony is: “the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think especially in order to be funny.” So… A certain someone was wrong. Just for the record. I mention this now, and it comes to mind now,…

Blackstar: Trolled by the Goblin King

On November 19, 2015, I fell in love with a song that had just been posted on YouTube. Accompanied by a surrealist 10-minute music video, this was what can only be classified as “weird shit.” The song was called Blackstar, by David Bowie. From the opening moments, all I could…

iPhone 5: An Unboxing

Yes, I know, an iPhone 5 is so 2013. (Maybe it’s so 2012? Come to think of it, saying something is “so anything” is so 2005.) But, as is my wont, I digress. I’ve spent some time watching unboxing videos on YouTube — not that I’ve enjoyed them, mind you,…

Language in the Age of Context Collapse

My phone vibrates. I look down. It’s a message from my girlfriend. I just told her that I had to go for a couple of hours. “Okay.” What? What does that even mean? “I’m sorry.” “Don’t be.” Wait, is she upset? Is she trying to communicate to me that she’s…

Just Be Evil

I heard a rumor that my writing was bleak. I’m not sure if I believe it or not. The way I see it, not everything has to have nihilistic or apocalyptic undertones. Sometimes we can appreciate the happy things — the puppies and kittens and sunshine and rainbows. Though of…

Oblivion and the Internet

I wasn’t going to write this piece. I thought about it, considered writing and then stopped. Lest I should bloviate as per usual or write a sickeningly grim or maudlin column. But this past week, I experienced a shocking loss — not in the family, but close enough. Suffice it…

My kind of social media

I’m antisocial. Sure, when I’m off at school it’s different. I’m in “people mode” so often that sometimes I forget just how much of an introvert I am. But when I’m home and in a social setting, that’s when I remember. At a party, I’m the one who sits in…

The Internet’s Identity Theft

Whenever I feel like annoying my girlfriend, I bombard her with cryptic quotes. My personal favorite comes from the one and only Bob Dylan, who famously said, “All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” (Seriously, Dylan is full of gems. “The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken” is…

The Walking Dead in a Digital America

The Walking Dead returned Sunday, February 8, 2015 for the second half of its fifth season. 15.6 million people tuned in. I was one of them. The show has a knack for subverting our expectations of a television show and what it should give us as viewers. A premiere, for…