Corporate Malfeasance as Service – The Enron Email Simulator

It seems like only yesterday that the combination of American conservatism and unchecked deregulation was bumbling, incompetent, and corrupt rather than outright horrifying. Ah yes, the Bush-Cheney years were most definitely the good old days. In hindsight, there were perhaps few clearer warning signs of the forthcoming widespread corporate malfeasance than the Enron scandal, which broke in 2001 and exposed the price fixing, market manipulation, and collusion that (seemingly) laid the groundwork for the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. Drawing on the extensive paper trail that emerged in the aftermath of the scandal, Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne have created The Good Life, and ‘Enron email simulator’ that allows a (truly) dedicated reader to receive 500,000 emails from the Enron archive in chronological order. Produced with the support of a 2016 Rhizome microgrant, the artists recently elaborated on the significance of the emails and their project in an accompanying short essay for Rhizome:

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