"Crap robots" were a common theme for Boring Dystopia: one typical post included a photograph of a broken vending machine, with a note affixed to it reading, "The light inside has broken but I still work." Shortly before the group shut down, I remember holding up a queue at Tesco attempting to make a video on my phone of the checkout machine which wishes you a happy Christmas.These pictures captured a curious blend of Silicon Valley disruption and distinctly British restraint. "It's Californian ideology without Californian sunshine, isn't it?" said Fisher.That many of these machines are broken was key: "The point is always made that capitalism is efficient, people say 'You might not like it, but it works.' But Britain is not efficient. Instead it's stuck in a form of frenzied stasis."
"It's Californian ideology without Californian sunshine, isn't it?"
"For me the point at which the group started to go downhill was when it became like every other Facebook group. It was just recirculating 'content' and sending links, keeping people inside what I would call capitalist cyberspace instead of looking outside at their own environment. It felt like it was reinforcing the condition it was intended to displace," he explained. The alternative to closing it was endless policing by him and Rumi Josephs, an artist who served as Boring Dystopia's second admin. "It didn't work at that scale, and you could feel that it wasn't the right place for it… It was just an experiment, and Facebook probably wasn't the right platform. I didn't want it to be diluted."
Fisher sees Facebook as a microcosm of "capitalist cyberspace," perhaps even of capitalism as a whole