In our forthcoming book The Public and their Platforms, myself and Lambros Fatsis write about assembly devices. When watching the superb HBO documentary Into The Storm about QAnon (trailer below) I was struck by Cullen Hoback’s description of Cicada 3301 in terms of “collecting like minded others through an internet game”.
I saw a wonderful exhibition this weekend, collecting work by Alex Prager combining photography and film in intricately staged hyper-real scenes. The collection that has been playing on mind since seeing it is Face In The Crowd. If you click on the screenshot below, it will take you to the website […]
Ever since I was a philosophy student, I’ve been interested in how we conceptualise individuals and groups. The two are connected in my mind because, if groups are composed of individuals, our concept of individuals is going to condition our concept of groups and vice versa. However discussion at this […]
Well over a decade ago, I was due to start a PhD in Political Philosophy looking at ideas of the individual within liberal thought. There are many reasons why I ultimately moved into a Sociology department instead, though my lack of regrets about this choice hasn’t stopped me occasionally wondering […]
Watching this is enough to make me temporarily rethink my long standing hostility to ‘global brain’ speculation. It’s remarkable what beautiful order can arise in a purely aggregative way and it’s something I’ve tended not to recognise in my theorising of collectivity.
Second call for papersCSCW2016 workshop, February 28 Toward a typology of participation in crowd work Deadline for paper submissions December 7 http://ttpcw.blogs.dsv.su.se/ <http://ttpcw.blogs.dsv.su.se/> The development of technologies and practices of broad public participation are changing the notion of the public. As the use of participatory and social media has become […]
Wish I could make this! Will follow up the references at a later date: Please join us for the next in the Warwick Sociology Seminar Series on Wednesday 11th November at 5pm in room S0.11, Social Sciences Building. “The Collective Subject as Enemy: The Public between Legal Fiction and Political […]
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