Let’s Spit on Hegel

28 Aug , 2020  

“Hegel is an asshole”–Karl Marx
“Hegel is an asshole”–Carla Lonzi
“Hegel is an asshole”–Gilles Deleuze
“Hegel is an asshole”–Rei Terada

Credit where credit’s due for today’s writing prompt: Carla Lonzi’s 1970 tract “Let’s Spit on Hegel,” originally published by the group Female Revolt [Rivolta Femminile], collected as a ...

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Jenseits der “Kontrollgesellschaften”

30 Jun , 2020  

Radikale Indifferenz

Die Verhaltens- und Rezeptionsweisen der Massen bestehen heute zumeist aus repetitiven Gewohnheiten, wobei sie als User im Internet aber keineswegs passiv bleiben, sondern sich über die sozialen Netzwerke andauernd ins pseudo-turbulente Geschehen einbringen, um emsig und beschäftigungskonform, zuweilen auch rassistisch Daten und Informationen zu produzieren, welche die großen ...

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Kant’s Fingers

18 Mai , 2020  

A brief follow up to the previous allusion to Kant…

In the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant defined the analytic as containing a non-additive predicate, while the synthetic as having an additive predicate. While I still need to work out the details, it’s clear that Kant also implicates the digital ...

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The Paucity of Digital Theory

11 Apr , 2020  

A provocation: theories of the digital have generated very little digital theory. What do I mean? And why is this the case? First, one must separate the form of digital theory from the kinds of objects it wants to study. Thus a digital theory may make a claim about a digital object. ...

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Working, Working Together, and Networking during the Web-Hype of the ‘Corona Crisis’

4 Apr , 2020  

In a critical moment in which entire populations are forced to avoid any potential exposure to contagion by pursuing isolated lives in online-only mode, the conditions of work are more uncertain than ever. Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki take this uncertainty as a starting point to inquire what we can ...

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A List of Qualities

19 Mrz , 2020  

It began with a list. When addressing “the birth of a new medium,” Janet Murray responded with a list of properties. Digital environments have four essential properties, she argued. Digital environments are procedural, participatory, spatial, and encyclopedic.

When tasked with the definition of “new media” a few years later, Lev ...

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21 Feb , 2020  

I wrote before about the anti-computer. Let me continue some of those themes, using instead an adjacent label, the uncomputer.

In an initial sense, the uncomputer comes out of whatever is subordinated or excluded as a result of the standard model of the digital. The excluded term might be the ...

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How to Spot an Analog Philosopher

10 Dez , 2019  

How to spot an analog philosopher? First look at his attachments… What does he love the most?

Analog philosophers value life and vitality, and thus have a special affection for nature. They talk about energy and aliveness, but also the same thing in reverse, dissipation and death. The ugliest ugly ...

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How to Spot a Digital Philosopher

6 Nov , 2019  

The expression “Digital Philosophy” has a specific meaning. Recently I’ve tried to expand that meaning to include other thinkers and traditions from throughout history, not just those who claim, improbably, that “the world is a giant computer.” I’m thinking, for instance, of Richard Dedekind’s work on arithmetic, or the Wittgenstein ...

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Edmund Berger: On Art and Revolutionary Transformation in the Age of Blockchain

25 Jul , 2019  

…measured against the conditions of the present, communism itself embodies the most alien of all possible futures.

—Edmund Berger

Edmund Berger author of Uncertain Futures: An Assessment of the Conditions of the Present (see my review) has for years done his homework in uncovering the historical traces of the Marxist ...

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Algorithmische Governance/ Das Überwachungskapital (1)

27 Feb , 2019  

Sachverhalte wie Satellitenüberwachung, enorme Rechnerkapazitäten auf Silizium Chips, Sensoren, Netzwerke und Predictive-Analytics sind die Bestandteile von digitalen Systemen (des Überwachungskapitals), die das Leben und Verhalten der Bevölkerungen gegenwärtig umfassend tracken, analysieren und kapitalisieren. Dabei sieht sich beispielsweise Google unter dem Druck der Finanzmärkte gezwungen, die Effektivität seines Data-Trackings und seiner ...

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