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Into the Mystic: Capitalism and the Structuralization of Spirituality

In his fantastic book The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America, Paul N. Edwards forwards a quasi-literary reading of the way power and subjectivity operate in the age of the computer, focusing primarily on … Continue reading

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Geert Lovink on Bifo, Dark Media, and Resistance

Geert Lovink recently gave a speech on Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s phd thesis, which is being published by Semiotex(e) sometime next year. In the meantime, Lovink muses on Bifo’s relationship to Deleuze (particularly the “Dark Deleuze” formulated over at AnarchistWithoutContent), the … Continue reading

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Excess, Machine, Culture: Three Plateaus on Noise Aesthetics

The following essay was originally intended for publication, but I find it to be a bit too unwieldy, and not fully articulated in the sense of coming-together that I would have hoped. I’m posting it here, however, as a sort … Continue reading

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Movement, Counter-paradigm chart (incomplete)

  Movement Years Reacting to Counter-paradigm Characteristics Wartime/post-war liberalism mid-1930s-late 1950s “Authoritarian Personality” “Democratic Personality” Multiculturalism, openness, participation Post-war avant-garde 1942-1960 Liberal corporatism Active experience Spontaneity, participation, self-organization, Eastern philosophy New Left 1960-1972 Liberalism corporatism, Marxist-Leninism Authentic experience Direct democracy, … Continue reading

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The Swarmachine: A Historical Puzzle (Part 1)

The Colors of Revolution As the Cold War came to an end, undoing the critical strategic worldwide gridlock fueled by the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union, globalization took off, accelerating the flows of capital, technology, and … Continue reading

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“Decoder”: Noncultures of Cutting Up Control

Cut ups are for everyone. Any body can make cut ups. It is experimental in the sense of being something to do. Right here write now. Not something to talk and argue about. Greek philosophers assumed logically that an object twice … Continue reading

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Communique from the Committee for the Liberation of Autonomous Amusement: on the media

 “Representations have become more powerful than the material reality itself.”i When we make representations, we never accurately reach that which is being represented. There is a gulf between the object and the subject, and this gulf extends even to these … Continue reading

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