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Alice and Bob: The World’s Most Famous Cryptographic Couple
"Alice and Bob are the world’s most famous cryptographic couple. Since their invention in 1978, they have at once been called “inseparable,” and have been the subject of numerous divorces, travels, and torments. In the ensuing years, other characters have joined their cryptographic family. There’s Eve, the passive and submissive eavesdropper, Mallory the malicious attacker, and Trent, trusted by all, just to name a few."
cryptography  history  discourse 
august 2017 by tsuomela
Why we fight about Colbert and Lena Dunham: Twitter politics are all we have left - Salon.com
"That said, I do share the feeling that “progressive” discourse on the Internet sometimes feels too much like San Francisco in 1991, a shifting ideological mine field of hyphenate identities, ever-evolving nomenclature, “subject positions” and “intersectionality.” Attentiveness to language can lead to jargon-laden nothingness; the decoder ring of critical theory becomes an all-purpose tool for excavating hidden racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of thought-crime. My onetime Salon colleague Michelle Goldberg recently (and fearlessly) went straight at this problem in a much-discussed "
online  discourse  politics  political-correctness  outrage  media  social-media  boycott 
march 2014 by tsuomela
digital digs: constructing academic knowledge
"What constructing ought to denote, but perhaps never will (hence Levi and Latour's calls for a new term), is that the knowledge we produce is another object in the world, made from other objects in the world (including us). As one object among many, the knowledge we produce does not capture/represent in some pure way other objects in the world. It isn't "true" in that sense. As academics we already accept this across the campus. However it also isn't "untrue" or operating in a separate, noncommunicating realm from other objects. It isn't purely discursive or purely social. " Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://www.alex-reid.net/2012/05/constructing-academic-knowledge.html
constructivism  knowledge  objects  discourse  assessment  academia  humanities  academic  from delicious
may 2012 by tsuomela
Make the Most of Career Opportunity! - event mechanics
"The discourse of ‘opportunity’ belongs to the master narrative of neoliberalism. From a structural perspective, the role of government, business and social institutions is to ensure that subjects have access to ‘opportunities’. The discourse of opportunity is couched in the language of self-actualisation (bordering on ‘self-help’) and entrepreneurialism. Capitalising on an opportunity requires a strategic view that locates the present in the context of a particular set of future outcomes. ‘Opportunity’ is a process, a practice and an event. "
discourse  capitalism  opportunism  opportunity  business  careers  from delicious
may 2012 by tsuomela
The Slow Change in Legal Discourse: Why Humans Are Dumber Than Frogs - Garrett Epps - National - The Atlantic
The word "private," in fact, seemed to have an almost hypnotic effect on the Court. Chief Justice John Roberts said "the decision is made by a private entity whether to use the money to go to a religious school." True, but that's quite different from "private choice" by parents. Under the Constitution, the state couldn't limit parents' choice by ruling out schools on religious grounds; an STO can. It's almost as if the government could get around any constitutional limitation by just farming the work out to "private entities."

And of course, that's increasingly what we as a society are doing. Our very notion of what is public is shrinking. Wars are fought by "private" contractors, prisons are run by "private" companies. Great state universities are "privatized" and taken out of state control. We hear increasing demands that all or most public employees be replaced by workers hired and paid by private companies.
private  market  discourse  legal  law  supreme-court  public  public-sphere 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Metamagician and the Hellfire Club: Doing what comes supernaturally: Stanley Fish on fact and value
Russell Blackford responds to Stanley Fish column on secular reason and discourse. "The arguments developed by liberals since Locke's time are to do with the clumsiness of the state's powers, historical experience, and the practical need to accept reasonable social pluralism ("reasonable" because, at least beyond a certain point, we need not tolerate the intolerant). They do not depend at any stage on a naive denial of the fact/value distinction."
secularism  liberalism  reason  religion  ethics  government  power  argument  postmodern  public-reason  discourse 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Are There Secular Reasons? - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com
Stanley Fish comments on and confuses secular/liberal discourses. "But no matter who delivers the lesson, its implication is clear. Insofar as modern liberal discourse rests on a distinction between reasons that emerge in the course of disinterested observation — secular reasons — and reasons that flow from a prior metaphysical commitment, it hasn’t got a leg to stand on."
secularism  liberalism  reason  religion  ethics  government  power  argument  postmodern  public-reason  discourse 
march 2010 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Demystifying social knowledge
We might think of these as styles of sociological thinking.  One emphasizes the ordinariness of the phenomena, and looks at the chief challenges of sociology as embracing the tasks of description, classification, and explanation.  The other highlights the inherent obscurity of the social world, and conceives of sociology as an exercise in philosophical theory, involving the work of presenting, clarifying and critiquing texts and abstract philosophical ideas as well as specific social circumstances.
sociology  style  discourse  conventions  history 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Filtering Reality - The Atlantic (November 2009)
The knee-jerk answer would be to ban such reality filters, but a ban could be easily circumvented. The harder answer, but ultimately the correct one, would be to strengthen our society’s ability to tolerate diverse viewpoints—to encourage not muddy centrism, but a basic ability to hear out, and to see, fellow citizens with a measure of respect.
augmentation  reality  augmented-reality  internet  politics  civil-society  discourse  dialogue  future  scenario 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: On Being Hated In a Nation of Assholes
I'll put it bluntly: We are becoming a nation of haters - a nation, really, of assholes, or at least dominated by assholes. And sure, maybe we've always been that way - but what's different is that it's become almost impossible to pretend otherwise. There's no more delusions, no more fantasies. Despising one another and ignoring the substance of issues has become the defining mark of Americanness in the 21st century - and that's a tragedy.
politics  discourse  disagreement  argument  ideology  polarization  hatred  civility  decency 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Immanent Frame » Blog Archive » Welcome to the faith-based economy
Now this allegory is repeating itself in reverse. The appetites of the beast require restoring uncertainty to its more calculable form as risk, as a first step in restoring trust between lenders, so that they will move money to yet others, so that in turn the wheels of commerce can begin to turn and our faith in the eternal mysteries of capital can be restored. Among these are the mysteries of debt as the virtuous bride of consumption, money as capable of begetting more money, and profit for the few as the key to the welfare of all. The cardinal mystery of the market, of course, verily its Spirit, is the Invisible Hand. For the Invisible Hand to move again, it needs a Helping Hand from us, the wretched of Main Street. And in lending this helping hand, in the biggest bailout in human history, we are asked to show our Faith in the Economy. For once, and perhaps for the last time, capitalism needs our Faith as much as we need its mysteries. The global economy will never be secular again.
economics  religion  discourse  metaphor  faith 
october 2008 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: Moving to the Center of Elite Consensus
Put simply, what "Moving to the Center," means is: moving towards power and money.

"Moving to the Center" is not a move to where the center of public opinion is, but it is a move to the center of where elite consensus is. Once the boundaries of that elite consensus are understood, then we can comprehend the limits of our public choices and more importantly what will be allowed within the confines of our electoral system.
politics  discourse  language  america  power  money  influence 
august 2008 by tsuomela
Listmania! Discourse Analysis
Amazon listmania list on discourse analysis.
books  discourse  language 
june 2005 by tsuomela

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