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Unhealthy Skepticism


Unhealthy Skepticism: Setting up unfamiliar developments as something "everybody" is excited about and positioning yourself as an independent thinker who refuses to get with the program. Saves you the trouble of actually having to engage with new ideas and making an informed critique. Instead you can read with a kind…


The Title of Chrstopher Hays' book, Twilight of the Elites, made me think of vampires. A silly coincidence, but then I started thinking about how portrayals of vampires as hidden influences on history (like the Authority on "True Blood") may mediate anxieties about actual economic elites. Most conspiracy theories share enough…

Inapt Neologisms


Recently I've been mulling over neologisms that aren't bad conceptually, but are so clunky and inelegant that I stop paying attention to ideas and start gaping at how ugly the words are. [insert examples] I think there's more in play here than simply a tin ear. Instead, I've noticed some…

Cybernetic Desires


Think about Desiring-Production as Cybernetic--a loop between proliferating representations and desires. Two questions:  Which cybernetic wave or paradigm?  How are these representations/desires generated? that's where Deleuze (& Spinoza) come in.  Representations & Desires as Phase Space, an exploration of what is immanent. New technologies are  platform for expanding this phase…