Month: September 2015

I love this track by Aesop Rock. It occurred to me earlier how well it articulates the pleasure of doing what you love (the pastimes / That we have harbored based solely on the fact / That it makes us smile if it sounds dope) but potentially in a way which contributes to the mystification of doing what […]

  This event by David Beer at York looks fantastic. I’ve just submitted an abstract to talk about how representations of techno-fascism, post-capitalism and collapse can be used as a resource for social theorising.

Joseph Stiglitz quoted in The Rich: a 2000 Year History by John Kampfner, pg 386: Virtually all US senators, and most of the Representatives in the House, are members of the top 1 per cent when they arrive, are kept in office by money from the top 1 per cent, and know that if they […]

Race Against The Machine by Erik Brynjolfsson Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday Liquid Surveillance by Zygmunt Bauman and David Lyon Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy by Gabriella Coleman The Fear Index by Robert Harris Graphic Novels:  The Superior Iron Man volume 2 The Fade Out Act 2 Sex book 2

Power, Acceleration and Metrics in Academic Life 2nd-4th December 2015, Prague (Vila Lanna) Organised by the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences and supported by the Strategy AV21. Register and get more information at http://accelerated.academy Powered by Eventbrite There is little doubt that science and knowledge production are presently undergoing dramatic and multi-layered transformations […]

HT to Jack Palmer for this very nicely produced video, introducing the idea of the digital footprint: When I can bring myself to write about social media again, I intend to blog a lot about this. I had some interesting ideas in the final stages of finishing Social Media for Academics, not all of which […]

I asked this question earlier on Twitter and received an excellent range of responses. For my own convenience, here’s a list of the recommended cafes that I’m planning to try out over the coming weeks: @mark_carrigan Cornerhouse cafe/gallery used to be my go to place when I lived in Manchester but havent been since its […]

 Zygmunt Bauman in Liquid Surveillance, pg 64: By definition, the idea of ‘transition’ stands for a finite process, a time- span with clearly drawn starting and finishing lines – a passage from a spatial, temporal, or spatial and temporal, ‘here’ to a ‘there’; but these are precisely the attributes denied to the condition of ‘being […]

Power, Acceleration and Metrics in Academic Life 2nd-4th December 2015, Prague (Vila Lanna) Organised by the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences and supported by the Strategy AV21. Register and get more information at http://accelerated.academy Powered by Eventbrite There is little doubt that science and knowledge production are presently undergoing dramatic and multi-layered transformations […]

She called him Felix Which meant ‘lucky’ to her He was a middle-distance runner She didn’t take him seriously But shifted in her seat when he walked by He thought her plain But sensual in some way She licked the corner of her mouth thoughtfully Wore her skirts above the knee He told her a […]

From Edward Walker’s Grassroots For Hire pg 6-7: Today, more and more advocacy is being driven not by the local organizing of autonomous citizens, but by the efforts of paid consultants that organizations like these for- profit colleges hire to help them activate receptive members of the public on their behalf. Grassroots for Hire reveals […]

The notion of fragile movements is an integral part of my new project. I’ve tried to explain it at various points on the blog, as well as in a book chapter which will be published as part of the Centre for Social Ontology’s annual Social Morphogenesis series. But I just encountered a really apt description of the […]