Monthly Archives: July 2015

Pan-American Women: U.S. Internationalists & Revolutionary Mexico

http://files.newbooksnetwork.com/gender/036genderthrelkeld.mp3 “Megan Threlkeld  provides a rich transnational examination of the years following World War I and American women activists who saw themselves global leaders in promoting women’s rights and international peace. U.S. internationalists such as Jane Addams, Carrie Chapman Catt, … Continue reading

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No-one wants top-down, technology-driven cities. They’d be dumb, not smart.

Originally posted on The Urban Technologist:
(William Robinson Leigh’s 1908 painting “Visionary City” envisaged future cities constructed from mile-long buildings of hundreds of storeys connected by gas-lit skyways for trams, pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages. A century later we’re starting to…

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Guy Debord: On McLuhan’s Global Village as Malicious Gossip

Originally posted on The Dark Fantastic: Literature, Philosophy, and Digital Arts:
Guy Debord in his last book Comments on the Society of the Spectacle would mention McLuhan’s acknowledgement that his notions of the Global Village were erroneous and that the…

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The Web We Have to Save (?) w/ Hossein Derakhshan

“The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?” read the rest @ https://medium.com/matter/the-web-we-have-to-save-2eb1fe15a426

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Citizen Participation as microfascism(s) w/ Cheryl Gilge

https://www.academia.edu/9480726/Citizen_Participation_as_microfascism_the_darker_side_of_creative_austerity_of_neoliberalism https://www.academia.edu/10915180/Citizen_Participation_as_Microfascism_Marginalizing_labor_in_Web_2.0 https://www.academia.edu/8371833/Citizen_Participation_as_Microfascism_The_Hidden_Opportunity_Costs_of_Open_Source https://deleuzianexcursus.wordpress.com/

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exploring feminist hacktivism w/ deep lab

“Deep Lab call themselves a “congress of cyber-feminist researchers”. What that means in practice is they’re a group of young women, committed to challenging attitudes around privacy, surveillance, code, art, social hacking, race, and capitalism in the 21st Century. While … Continue reading

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Media Parasites & Circuits of Communication (Dada and Burroughs)

https://www.academia.edu/6292233/Feedback_Media_Parasites_and_the_Circuits_of_Communication_Dada_and_Burroughs Click to access niebisch-arndt-media-parasites-in-the-early-avant-garde.pdf

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extreme present: the age of earthquakes

“Shumon Basar, writer, thinker and cultural critic, Douglas Coupland, the renowned author of ‘Generation X’, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, one of the world’s best-known curators, joined forces for a special event with Intelligence Squared to explore the challenges that the … Continue reading

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@mckenziewark on Interfaces, Nihilism & Withdrawal

“I’m not entirely sure that the good nihilism of withdrawal can be entirely quarantined from the bad one of the celebration of naked, unjust power. It’s a question that needs rather more attention. Alex Galloway, Eugene Thacker and I may … Continue reading

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Palestinian village braces for Israeli demolition

“SUSIYA, West Bank (AP) — Residents of this dusty village are bracing for Israeli bulldozers to come and knock down their makeshift homes of tarp, wood and wire any day now. But as they wait for the military order to be … Continue reading

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