Month: December 2015

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism by Alfie Brown The Pathology of Communicative Capitalism by David Hill The New Ruthless Economy by Simon Head The Prince and the Wolf by Bruno Latour, Graham Harman and Peter Erdelyi Overheads by Ann Oakley Submission by Michel Houellebecq The Grownup by Gillian Flynn Graphic Novels: Criminal: The Last of […]

Looking for an Evernote alternative? Centrallo might be what you’re looking for Productivity culture, cognitive triage and the pseudo-commensurability of the to-do list Human Beings, Social Agents and Social Actors The Rise of the Self-Funded Studentship and What It Says About Academia (and Academics) The myth of ‘us’ in a digital age why are we […]

From Ann Oakley’s satirical novel Overheads. A remarkable rant from a professor who has just been discovered to have fabricated the vast majority of his publications list: The thing is, Lydia, few people realise how few books or articles are ever read by anybody. The average number of people who read an academic article is 4.6. […]

How companies institutionalise certain forms of (quantifiable) reflexivity. From Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! pg 10: Starting in 1999, Google management used a system called Objectives and Key Results, or OKRs, to measure the effectiveness of its employees, divisions, and the company overall. The idea for OKRs came from Google investor John […]

From Spam, by Finn Brunton, pg 89: “Alan Solomon . . . a veteran antivirus researcher with a PhD in economics, critiqued the virus metaphor, suggesting that this medical/ biological metaphor of ‘virus’ is ‘too emotive’ . . . Instead, he proposed ‘weeds’ as a more appropriate concept for describing the threat of computer code.” […]

From Spam, by Finn Brunton, pg 6-7: Two qualities unite these disparate uses of “community.” First, deep uncertainties about properties and edges: is community about location and face-to-face proximity, or does it consist of affective bonds that can be established by a text message as they are by an embrace? Does it encompass huge swathes […]

In his fascinating book Spam: a Shadow History of the Internet, Finn Brunton offers an example on pg 23-24 of how the early ARPANET was local in a way that is no longer the case. in September 1973, computer scientist Leonard Kleinrock used his ARPANET connection in Los Angeles to get back the electric razor […]

From Spam, by Finn Brunton, pg 67-68: The business of phone sex is structured around arbitraging the different settlement rates—how much it costs to call a given country from the United States. A company in the United States leases lines in another country to route the calls and takes a per-minute cut of the settlement […]

This looks great: CFP Mediated Intimacies DEADLINE EXTENDED Mediated Intimacies Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Gender Studies to be published in March 2017 edited by Feona Attwood, Jamie Hakim, Alison Winch EXTENDED DEADLINE – 30th January 2016 In what ways does media convergence culture represent, intervene in, exploit and enable intimate relations? […]

CALL FOR PAPERS CSCW 2016 workshop on Algorithms at Work CSCW: <; Sunday, February 28th, 2016 San Francisco, CA, USA Workshop website: <; Submission deadline for a short position paper (1-4 pages): December, 30th, 2015 Notification deadline: January 5th, 2016 WORKSHOP The algorithms at work workshop critically discusses computational algorithms and the diverse ways in which humans […]