About R.O.B.


Welcome, weary traveller! Consider 'Republic Of Bob: Internet As Lifestyle': a way to think about and around Web3, digital Neoliberalism and 'the future of the net'. Something casual and friendly that happens between people, in their collective imagination. An informal Culture protocol - just like holding doors open for others, offering guests a drink or being quiet in a public library. An expansive laboratory for adventurous creatives to hang out, think of #ROB as a surreal, lo fi social experiment in keeping the nets strange.

Please note however that #ROB does not strictly exist; some call it The Real Meta, Tim's House, Gibsonville, Videodrome, Interzone, Black Atlantis II. The name isn't important however - rather, it's the unique interrelationships outside the Capitalist matrix that #ROB helps grow and encourage.

Acting as my particular Let's Play, this site is an independent, unofficial fictional publication about the Republic, operating out of this mythic realm. It was launched in June 2023 by me, amateur UK based philosopher Robert What. I like to conjure up 'strange imaginary games you pretend to play.' Some example #ROB logos for fellow travelers and Researchers:

A free R.O.B guidebook and passport is also available.

How Exactly Does One Play 'Republic Of Bob'?

Together! Mash-up, remix, and share what you find online each day, and simply indicate what you've done is from / via #ROB. Basically, help spread the idea that a different, better Internet is possible.

Contact & Hire Bob

Join a growing community of other #ROB researchers, visitors and local folk who share similar interests and outlook. Comments policy: politeness and intelligence will be reciprocated. Email Bob today to say hi, or to discuss artistic collaborative projects: robertwhat [at] proton [dot] me. Expect three working days for replies.

If you’ve got artistic Projects which could benefit from outsider consultation, this freelance amateur philosopher and speculative ideas brainstormer can help bring them to life, with his keen, non-rational / experimental / conceptual investigation and a deep left-field perspective, revealing and expanding existing (/ hidden) Meanings and untapped potential.

Rob's skills include the ability to undertake daring cognitive leaps between concepts and perceptions; such tests and imprecise deployed notions involve indeterminate strategies - unpredictable ongoing developments and impossible events to deconstruct and ponder alternative outcomes, thereby providing fresh insights into emergent, in-Scene play..

Bob's Big Plan

To save a loved one from the soul crushing monotony of Work, and finally afford a own house instead of Renting frozen shoeboxes. To fully develop and express "Big Science" and help other artists & thinkers - forming a cool alternative Lifestyle Brand / Artist Syndicate / Virtual Art Collective where we can play in an atmosphere of intellectual and artistic freedom and interdisciplinary exchange, without interruption in a supportive environment. (Imagine something like that Mark Rebellit clip - a beautiful, spontaneous gathering of creative people):

Meanwhile however, Robert What must also Earn A Living™. This fact is treated as inseparable from their daily, political Digital Labor Practice or 'Art (as) Work'.

While all art on this is free, I'd sure appreciate a steady income as I'm continually skint. I plan on doing a Kickstarter at some point, as well as setting up a Tip Jar. Or something; Paywalls suck. The whole question of getting noticed and paid online is complex, and I'm still trying to figure it out - which is partly the reason for #ROB.

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Everything on this site is an expression of #antiwork and exists for the purposes of philosophical critique, socio-cultural commentary, political satire and progressive social change. It automatically releases / escapes to the 'Libre Public Domain By Default - No License, Zero Copyright, Maximum R&D': please, Kopimi!

May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness. Om mani padme hum.