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How Philosopher Paul Virilio (1932-2018) Spoke to an Age of Acceleration and Total War | Frieze
Modernity is war on ever increasing scales: expanding from the tactical to the strategic to the logistic. World War II was won not by generals but by quartermasters, by the ones who kept the biggest flows of boots and bullets and bodies moving toward the front.

Modernity is also war on more and more kinds of terrain. Warfare not only took to the air but to the airwaves. The modern world is a condition of generalized information warfare. Not only is architecture vulnerable to bombs, it proves defenseless against information, passing through the doors and walls of our homes, rearranging the space and time we imagine we live within.
war  information  philosophy  speech  theory  writing  nonfiction  wwii  terrorism  terror 
september 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Joho the Blog » We are the medium
It is easy to slip back into the old paradigm in which there is a human sender, a message, a medium through which it travels, and a human recipient. It’s easy because that’s an accurate abstraction that is sometimes useful. It’s easy because the Internet is also used for traditional communication. But what is distinctive and revolutionary about the Internet is the failure of the old diagram to capture what so often is essential: We are not users of the medium, and we are not outside of the medium listening to its messages. Rather, we are the medium.
mcluhan  media  audience  theory  attention  reputation  internet  social  JournoCensus 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why spreadable doesn’t equal viral: A conversation with Henry Jenkins » Nieman Journalism Lab
NU: What is spreadable media?

HJ: The concept of spreadable media rests on the distinction between distribution (the top-down spread of media content as captured in the broadcast paradigm) and circulation (a hybrid system where content spreads as a result of a series of informal transactions between commercial and noncommercial participants.) Spreadable media is media which travels across media platforms at least in part because the people take it in their own hands and share it with their social networks.
media  journalism  news  culture  web  socialnetworking  theory  socialmedia  libraries  social  attention  public 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Deuzeblog: The People Formerly Known as the Employers
"Journalists today have to fight with their employers to keep the little protections they still have, and do so in a cultural context of declining trust and credibility in the eyes of audiences (the few "audiences" that still exist given the Rosen formula), a battle for hearts and minds that they have to wage without support from those who they traditionally relied on: their employers."
media  journalism  newspapers  relationships  work  power  theory  future  outsourcing  globalization  labor  unions  diy  news  business  corporations 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Charles Arthur: God help us if machines ever think like people | Technology |
"The deliberative system requires something closer to language; it's younger, and it and the ancestral system frequently disagree and fight like two cats in a bag. The older one, being better wired into our subconscious, often gets the upper hand."
history  ritual  sex  marketing  animals  theory  robots  creativity  evolution 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Is the Orient an invention? - Telegraph
"According to Said, a cluster of assumptions and commonly held beliefs (touching on everything from the spice trade to ideas of Oriental despotism, sensuality and splendour) dominate Western perceptions of the East."
theory  academia  middleeast  culture  europe  terrorism  september11 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A VC: Can We Live In Public?
"I don't think you can expose yourself to 10,000 people a day and not get hurt on a regular basis."
socialnetworking  society  theory  twitter  security  public  privacy  love  life  flickr  culture  communication  blogging 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #53
"I'm not writing for musicians. I'm writing about listening, for other people who listen. Exploring music from that perspective is enough work for a lifetime."
criticism  music  reviews  theory  songwriting  creativity  writing 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
On Photography, by Susan Sontag
"The subsequent industrialization of camera technology only carried out a promise inherent in photography from its very beginning: to democratize all experiences by translating them into images."
culture  criticism  art  media  photography  sontag  theory 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Prince Points the Way to a Brighter Future for Music
"As with blogging and so many other things digital, music distribution could become a competition to see who posts things first. In a sense, music distribution would no longer be about space -- it would be about time."
business  concerts  copyright  culture  economics  music  news  politics  theory  creativity  www  media  newspapers  marketing  blogs  blog  weblogs  weblogging  web 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries
"It suggests that recent thinking describing the changing Web as "Web 2.0" will have substantial implications for libraries [...]"
library  library2.0  libraries  books  blogs  blog  community  criticism  education  information  emergent  iran  media  school  science  social  technology  theory  work  reference 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Friends, friendsters, and top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites
"Social network sites are not digital spaces disconnected from other social venues — it is a modeling of one aspect of participants’ social worlds and that model is evaluated in other social contexts."
academia  community  culturalstudies  culture  education  environment  friendship  futurism  identity  livejournal  philosophy  psychology  reading  writing  work  web  theory  technology  sociology  social  smartmobs 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
PF: New Pornographers
"[I]f Marshall McLuhan or Harold Innis were looking at it, they would tell you that the genre of rock music isn't perhaps the best way to deliver a political message because it distorts it, it makes it into entertainment."
music  songwriting  politics  rock  media  theory 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge Representation
"Perhaps this is what Being In The World is, those moments where everything mundane drops away and there's just Being, Doing: At those moments, what's happening is unrepresentable."
aesthetics  language  theory 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: What Derrida Really Meant
"By struggling to find ways to overcome patterns that exclude the differences that make life worth living, he developed a vision that is consistently ethical."
france  identity  obituaries  philosophy  theory 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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