BuyOrBeware.com is an interactive hypertext fiction published in 2001. Exploring the early internet as a mixed space of freedom, surveillance and social control through consumerism, the text follows a flaneur (browser) through a dystopian shopping mall. This work has been widely exhibited at new media festivals and is a frequent part of net-art curricula.
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