The Feelings and Networks Network, redux

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  • THE WAR AGAINST FEMINISM: A Review
    Posted by Chris on December 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    As you read in his final blog post our “brave” hero had come face to with his archenemy, reality. Yes Dennis Bonerheimer is faced with the fact that there is no such thing as a “man museum” or a “charity for men” and that he was being ripped off by a kid from Pittsburgh. See, … Continue reading THE WAR AGAINST FEMINISM: A Review […]

  • Brief Evaluation of final project
    Posted by Deep on December 23, 2015 at 2:32 am

    I felt that I was truly left to my own devices and explore what it was I could find on the network of Instagram. My hope was to explore the different case studies that I found and see what it was in them that explained something about the people who follow, idolize and feel something … Continue reading Brief Evaluation of final project […]

  • Final Project 7: Media and the self
    Posted by Deep on December 23, 2015 at 2:19 am

    To wrap up my final thoughts I wanted to delve into the ideas of archetypes. An archetype is a very typical example of a certain person. In scouring the pages of Instagram I became very aware that there are certain ideas and attitudes that are meant to become the maxim or the typical for many … Continue reading Final Project 7: Media and the self […]

  • Final Project 6: Media and the self
    Posted by Deep on December 23, 2015 at 1:59 am

    After we see Dan Bizlerian making a life of his families wealth and world poker playing we can see his lifestyle is there to convey a sort of adulation for people who believe in capitalism that believe in the idol try of capital and people who can spend ridiculous amounts of money. Afterward we can even … Continue reading Final Project 6: Media and the self […]

  • Final project 5: Media and the self
    Posted by Deep on December 23, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Now after reading about Dan Bizlerian we are made aware that the places of the internet that explain what it means to have masculinity are definitely and hotly up for debate. Dan Bizlerian’s idea of masculinity emphasize the masculine model is tough, buff, incredibly fit, capable of sequestering a bevy of women and amassing an arsenal … Continue reading Final project 5: Media and the self […]

  • Final project 4: Media and the self
    Posted by Deep on December 23, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Dan Bilzerian Sitting down with Donald Trump we have here quite an example of the obnoxiousness of the internet. Now I am not going to divulge if I am for or against this man but I will put it this way. This guy allegedly wants to run for president of the United States. Dan’s pictures … Continue reading Final project 4: Media and the self […]

  • Final project 3: Media and the self
    Posted by Deep on December 23, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Rich kid of Instagram are a marriage of democracy and capitalism. When emotions control actions, this effects yourself as well as the people around you. This has happened on the rich kids of Instagram.  It has created warped personalities and warped perceptions of what it means to have a personality. In all of us there … Continue reading Final project 3: Media and the self […]

  • Reflection
    Posted by Dan on December 23, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Daniel Jones 12/22/15   A Semester in Reflection This semester was certainly a challenging one. Scott, you required me to step up to some fairly large challenges. How well I pulled them off, I suppose is still up in the air. As I busily prepare to send in the final words on my project this … Continue reading Reflection […]

  • Final project 2: Media and the self
    Posted by Deep on December 23, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Exchange, value, and affect: Bourdieu and the self As a supplement to my blog on media and the self, Scott put me on to Beverly Skeggs, who has plenty to say on the idea of the self and value. Skegg’s bases her work on that of Bourdieu who says how much is premised upon the … Continue reading Final project 2: Media and the self […]

  • Final Project part 1: Media and the self
    Posted by Deep on December 23, 2015 at 12:59 am

    A picture is worth a thousand words. OR four thousand. Who we are as individuals helps us see who we are as a society. Human beings are such complex creatures. I will explore the ways in which we as individuals reflect the greater society in our uses of social media. We live in age where … Continue reading Final Project part 1: Media and the self […]

  • Dear Everyone
    Posted by loesch on December 22, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Dear Everyone, You have all been amazing, and I’m so bummed that I missed class today.  Hope it was fabulous.  Happy break! -Hanna […]

  • A Comentary on: “Feminism is TRYING to ruin porn but FAILING”
    Posted by Chris on December 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    First off I want to say that I’m sorry if anyone has been offended by my Meninist blog. Please remember that I am being 100% sarcastic and that I do not share any of the same opinions of Dennis Bonerheimer. In the blog post Feminism is TRYING to ruin porn but FAILING, Dennis thinks that … Continue reading A Comentary on: “Feminism is TRYING to ruin porn but FAILING&rdquo […]

  • Final Project-False Idols: A Reflection On Style and Substance
    Posted by Dan on December 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I am just about to finish my multivalent story “False Idols.” I have come to a cross road and I have two specific endings in mind. On one hand I can finish this piece with closure: Peter is arrested at the border trying to get into Canada. He is apprehended and we are to figure … Continue reading Final Project-False Idols: A Reflection On Style and Substanc […]

  • Goodbye Feelings: Final Project Post
    Posted by James Steenland on December 22, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    For my final project I made a text and image based game using Twine. After completing most of my game, I started a blog with Ed, Michael, and Hassan in order to discuss my process as well as try to articulate what I was looking to achieve with the game. My game tries to work … Continue reading Goodbye Feelings: Final Project Post […]

  • Final Projects: due at 11:59pm
    Posted by scott on December 22, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Because the syllabus says so, and at least one of you was counting on it, final projects are, in fact, due at 11:59pm tomorrow, December 22nd, and not one minute before. My 8am email can be profitably ignored. Although don’t ignore the RuPaul animated gif at the bottom. Never ignore RuPaul. Thanks for bearing with. […]

  • Final Project
    Posted by Chris on December 20, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Here’s the link to my final project. It’s a sarcastic Meninist blog so please understand that if I say anything mean I am sorry and that I don’t mean to offend anyone… except maybe Meninists, but that’s it.  It’s not done yet but it’s about halfway there. I think I will also have about two … Continue reading Final Project […]

  • Final Project Blogs
    Posted by scott on December 20, 2015 at 2:03 am

    If you hare having difficulty finding your fellow students’ blogs, here is a list of final project blogs that have been started in the several weeks (in the order they were created). Because these are not ongoing in the same way, there is not likely to be a big time crunch, and there is considerable … Continue reading Final Project Blogs […]

  • Final Project First Post
    Posted by mahmutovic on December 18, 2015 at 12:28 am

    My project proposal posts now can be found on my new site that is only for the  Final Research Project in this course. […]

  • Cheers
    Posted by loesch on December 17, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Here’s a link to my final project: http://feelings.kredati.org/toshatterornottoshatter/ This class has been invaluable and I wish it wasn’t over.  I’ve learned to learn better.  Cheers. […]

  • CHECK IT OUT
    Posted by holloway on December 17, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    James, Ed, and I started doing a little group blog/publication over HERE for our final projects! […]

  • Team-ups, Macro-Blogging, and Some Things About Games. But, Like, A lot of things.
    Posted by Ed on December 16, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    So, James, Mike, and I are putting together a Publication over on Medium. I’ve been wanting to get into Medium and see what all the fuss I’ve heard about it has been about, and my two fellows were generous enough to follow me over there. We’re focusing, for the most part, on games. Or, rather, … Continue reading Team-ups, Macro-Blogging, and Some Things About Games. But, Like, A lot of things. &rarr […]

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    Posted by layne on December 16, 2015 at 2:43 am

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  • #AspiePower
    Posted by eisenberg on December 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I’ve had a lot of difficulty trying to figure out a topic for the final project. I didn’t really know what to do because a lot of the material I wouldn’t even know where to begin the research. I needed something that not only sparked my interest, but something that fit the criteria for the … Continue reading #AspiePower […]

  • Final Blog Secondary Source: Gamification and Social Media
    Posted by James Steenland on December 13, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    For my final project’s secondary source I am using Cliff Lampe’s “Gamification and Social Media” from the book The Gameful World: Approaches, Issues, Applications by Sebastian Deterding and Steffen P. Walz. According to Lampe, “The term gamification has been used to describe a particular set of technical features common in games to shape social processes … Continue reading Final Blog Secondary Source: Gamification and Social Media […]

  • Final Project First Post
    Posted by barnes on December 13, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Greetings, this project proposal post can also be found on my new site, that is solely for the Final Research Project in this course. My final project is on queerness getting networked and how it changes with time. My primary sources are two novels, Cooper’s “The Sluts,” and Delany’s “Times Square Blue” (technically an essay). I’ll … Continue reading Final Project First Post […]

  • Source for Final Project
    Posted by Artist on December 12, 2015 at 12:37 am

    For my final project on the impact of social networks on social connectivity I will utilize both primary and secondary sources. My secondary source for this project is Sociability, Interpersonal relations, and the Internet: Reconciling conflicting Findings written by Norman H Nie. This article was published with in The American Behavioral Scientist Journal in the […]

  • Call of Duty: Georges Bataille’s Ghost
    Posted by holloway on December 11, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I feel like transcribing the process of how I arrived at my secondary source and how I am feeling about the project itself is of value considering the potentially shifting nature of this thing. I both hate and love the research aspect of this project because at the present moment it feels good to start … Continue reading Call of Duty: Georges Bataille’s Ghost […]

  • #AllLivesMatter, EverybodyVsEverybody, and “What do you mean ‘White Flight'”?
    Posted by Ed on December 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve always had an issue with the “Detroit Vs. Everybody” meme/slogan/branding. Sure, originally, I thought it was awesome, as a Colored (and, I will point out, one more reason why my usage of that word is more precise than other terms is because of the implication that race is a thing that has been done … Continue reading #AllLivesMatter, EverybodyVsEverybody, and “What do you mean ‘White Flight'”? &rarr […]

  • Best Death
    Posted by holloway on December 10, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    So much for not being bummed out. The notion that Jennifer Malkowski puts forward about the aesthetics of death videos in “Streaming Death” is pretty horrifying. That Hollywood blockbusters have over utilized the hand-cam to the point that they have created a reverse-emotional effect on the viewer of real death videos is something hard to … Continue reading Best Deat […]

  • How do we analyze web death?
    Posted by Deep on December 10, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Violence is more and more prevalent in our society. Not because it is actually increasing, but rather we are able to capture it now and share it on the web. When we see these things on the news there is a level of censorship that allows only so much to be see. With the ability … Continue reading How do we analyze web death? […]

  • The Truth Matters
    Posted by eisenberg on December 10, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    This article was depressing to read from the beginning. It’s not that I don’t agree with it, but how the events came about. “The belief is in the ability to decrease war and violence through the documentary representation of war and violence – that if a photograph, say, can perfectly communicate ‘the horrors of war,’ … Continue reading The Truth Matters […]

  • 12/10/15: Dying Online
    Posted by Emily on December 10, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I wish that recollections like Tressie Cottom’s were uncommon, and that incidents of racial injustice surprised me, but Cottom’s story parallels so many others that I’ve heard. The description of how officers treated her upon arrest was difficult to read, describing how they “laughed”, looking down her shirt. It’s disgusting. Digital environments provide us with … Continue reading 12/10/15: Dying Onlin […]

  • A Roaring Wave of Awareness
    Posted by Chris on December 10, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Trayvon Martin was a spark in a gasoline-covered country, and by gasoline I mean police brutality towards black Americans. Trayvon’s case was the thing that ignited the call for a change, a change under the title #BlackLivesMatter. This hashtag has gone on to be the online megaphone to preaching equality for black Americans. After the … Continue reading A Roaring Wave of Awareness […]

  • Oblivious Witnessing: Malkowski and the Appeal of Captured Death
    Posted by No One McMullen on December 10, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    In the wake of Bazin’s “Death Every Afternoon”, the panoptic capability of our networked age has led to death every second, every microsecond, a last gasp bottled and rendered accessible at any moment, lurking behind keystrokes. One only needs to look at the popularity of such sites as LiveLeak and r/MorbidReality, among others, to realize […]

  • Prof. Mirzeoff, It Hurts My Eyes To Keep Looking
    Posted by barnes on December 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Don’t look away…from the ground heavily soiled with the blood of a Black boy’s body. The first thing I noticed, other than the title, of  Mirzeoff’s article was how the street was soiled, only in the area of the memorial where Brown’s body laid slain for “four and a half” hours…like roadkill. I love that … Continue reading Prof. Mirzeoff, It Hurts My Eyes To Keep Looking […]

  • “The Camera. Doesn’t. Lie.”
    Posted by newton on December 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    It is hard to think about death. What’s harder is to imagine that we can be “anesthetized” to the supposed power of the dead. Like any obscenity, it seems one can grow accustomed to it. I never used to swear, but was rather known as He Who Does Not Swear. Swearing makes swearing familiar to … Continue reading “The Camera. Doesn’t. Lie.&rdquo […]

  • Preamble
    Posted by Hassan Abbas on December 10, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    With the semester wrapping up (phew!) I have been busy sifting around a semester’s full of theory and notions in my head. In part to come to some sort of conclusion that affirms the feeling of living in the networked society. And partly to draw up a cogent, workable plan for my final project, which … Continue reading Preamble &rarr […]

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
    Posted by Artist on December 10, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    For this week’s blog post in New Media we were required to read article’s that involved the use of social media to recognize race and death in the network . In particular these articles describe theories of socialized trends in regards to online connectivity. As a general disclaimer I would prefer not to discuss the […]

  • Racial Transcendence: A False Belief
    Posted by layne on December 10, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Scott, thanks for bringing this issue back to the forefront; that being race relations. Just this week, in another class, the topic of BlackLivesMatter was brought up in a discussion in the context that this issue seems to have been forgotten about in the wake of the attacks in Paris. I am by no means … Continue reading Racial Transcendence: A False Belief […]

  • The SJWs Took All My Spoons and Now I Have to Eat My Soup With a Fork
    Posted by Sara on December 10, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    As a basic fact of life, we are surrounded by ads, we acknowledge these ads, and every time I get into my car after work there’s that big ass billboard telling me not to leave my kid and/or dog in a car alone during winter. Well, what the hell I thought that was only during … Continue reading The SJWs Took All My Spoons and Now I Have to Eat My Soup With a Fork &rarr […]

  • Something More than Spectators: Streaming Death
    Posted by James Steenland on December 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    In Nicholas D Mirzoeff’s article “How Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter taught us not to look away,” he titles the movement seen on social media in which “visual media are making social change” as “visual activism.” One form of visual activism is posting videos of death on YouTube, and as Jennifer Malkowski explains in “Streaming death: the … Continue reading Something More than Spectators: Streaming Deat […]

  • ????????????? I still don’t understand
    Posted by mahmutovic on December 10, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Jennifer Malkowksi asks in terms of documentary death in film “Why should we make and look at them?” My answer to this would have to be another question. Why SHOULDN’T we? What makes us or our lives different than the people we view in these films? After all, could we not one day be in their … Continue reading ????????????? I still don’t understand &rarr […]

  • Show Me The Big Mac!
    Posted by Daniel on December 9, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    The role of tactical media, I think, is crucial for the population of modern America.  Let me start out by saying I hate commercials for many reasons. Not only do I find them annoying, I also think they really feed into people’s mentality in a very negative way. Like Hannah said, tactical media is a way to fight … Continue reading Show Me The Big Mac! &rarr […]

  • Final Project Project Proposal
    Posted by Chris on December 9, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    For my final project I wanted to continue my analysis of sex/sexuality in our modern culture. Originally I was going to talk about the Netflix original documentary Hot Girls Wanted, but I felt there was something more that I wanted to accomplish. I eventually came up with the idea of making a new blog where … Continue reading Final Project Project Proposa […]

  • Underwater Final Project
    Posted by loesch on December 8, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    So you know how my final project is on non-shattering sex? Well I was thinking about that in relation to profound/vulgar boredom.  Does that mean that non-shattering sex is just something we use to get away from ourselves for a little while?  Like candy crush?     Yes, I was thinking about my final project […]

  • Proposal: Untitled Vaporwave Project
    Posted by No One McMullen on December 8, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    As probably all of you know by now (i’ve certainly talked about it enough), my final project will take the form of a Tumblr on which I’ll be discussing the aesthetic concerns of vaporwave, as well as why vaporwave has become a form that these aesthetic concerns (supercapitalism, Marxism, accelerationism, etc.) are expressed through. In short: vaporwave is […]

  • Tactical Media and Stuff
    Posted by loesch on December 8, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    You know, I’m really getting the feeling that tactical media, by definition, doesn’t really make much of a difference.  Well, that doesn’t sound nice.  But Raley has quite a time introducing it and circling around definitions that define its undefinable-ness.  It seems like it’s rather fluid.  Yet one thing is for certain, tactical media is […]

  • Final Project: Research and Methods
    Posted by Emily on December 8, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    My initial interest for our final project was centered around snuff porn/dying online, but researching this proved to be difficult (and risky). During my meeting with Scott, I proposed a possible explanation that would focus on the gradual shift of daily activities/hobbies from contemporary life to cyberspace. To put it more simply, the changes in … Continue reading Final Project: Research and Methods […]

  • Proposal
    Posted by newton on December 5, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Hi, everyone. My project proposal is now up on my new site. You can read it here. […]

  • Final Project: Download with a Parent’s Permission
    Posted by Sara on December 5, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I am 30 billion years behind the curve, naturally, but my final project is a bit hard to explain (and also I lost the paper where I wrote this down earlier for a bit, but that’s not my fault). Namely because most of my idea came from watching a LeapFrog commercial, but I’ll get to … Continue reading Final Project: Download with a Parent’s Permission &rarr […]

  • Am I bored or am I 600 words away from ?
    Posted by mahmutovic on December 5, 2015 at 4:45 am

    “I think animation is like running a marathon, and making a movie is like a 100 meter sprint. The question is: are you a marathon man or are you a sprinter? I realized that I was more of a sprinter than a marathon man. With a long, long project, I get bored easily”(Marjane Satrapi). As … Continue reading Am I bored or am I 600 words away from ? &rarr […]

  • Final Project : The Impact of Social Networks on Person to Person Connectivity
    Posted by Artist on December 5, 2015 at 3:23 am

    About a week ago I started a blog within the feelings network  as a way  to document my research experience. Similarly to most of my academic endeavors with in  this course I decided to pursue a topic that  sparked my interest.  Initially , my final research topic was going to be about the impact of  […]

  • YOU DIED
    Posted by holloway on December 4, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    So after playing Journey in class and being rather fascinated with Times Square Blue, I decided to focus on a different aspect of network video games that we didn’t get to discuss with a game like Journey – death. The video above from Resident Evil 2 is one of the most memorable death sequences I … Continue reading YOU DIED […]

  • Rushton Conference
    Posted by scott on December 4, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    There is an annual undergraduate research conference here at Wayne, put on by the English department, called the Rushton Conference. It’s a great thing for you all to do: it builds your CV for graduate school (of any kind); it gets you more comfortable doing public speaking; it’s an opportunity to find out what other awesome … Continue reading Rushton Conferenc […]

  • Final Project Proposal: Social Media as a Game
    Posted by James Steenland on December 4, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    For my final project I am making a Twine game entitled “Clouds” (or maybe something else). The point of my game is to enter into a (fake) new social media called Clouds in which users trade access of their social media accounts and files on their computer. You take control of another user’s Clouds account … Continue reading Final Project Proposal: Social Media as a Gam […]

  • “Exciting, except when it’s exhausting”
    Posted by loesch on December 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    So for my final project I am going to be looking at the idea of non-shattering sex.  Specifically I will probably be analyzing it in some sort of media…..likely a film, although I don’t know which film…. (haven’t had a chance to look at the options Scott and I talked about). The “how I got […]

  • Lecture Notes: Lazzarato, and tying up some loose ends
    Posted by scott on December 3, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Everybody is so freaked out on the blogs! I told you we’d all feel bad about student loans. But of course you are—Lazzarato describes how we’re all fucked. We’ll get to resistance next week (in miliatary parlance, let’s figure out how to get unfucked). But really, I want to start preparing a cadence for the end of … Continue reading Lecture Notes: Lazzarato, and tying up some loose ends […]

  • Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces
    Posted by eisenberg on December 3, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Foucault defines pastoral power as “an art of conducting, directing, leading, guiding, taking in hand, and manipulating men, an art of monitoring them and urging them on step by step, an art with the function of taking charge of men collectively and individually throughout their life and at every moment of their existence.” It’s funny … Continue reading Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces […]

  • Controlling Capitalism
    Posted by barnes on December 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Blackhat & Financialized Life So, when Scott got deep into his dry-erase board lesson of financial capitalism I almost freaked out because one of the reasons I am an English major is because I am horrible in Math. Lazzaretto also made me freak out in the beginning, with his drawn out writing on financial debt. … Continue reading Controlling Capitalism […]

  • Blackhat is a Failure in an Important Way (or Visual Representations of Networked Activity)
    Posted by No One McMullen on December 3, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    When thinking about the network as a physical space, I’ve become inclined to think of an ocean (thanks Mike). This description, I think, pretty accurate sums up the network’s identity in Blackhat, a characteristic that one can take as both a success and a failure. In different ways. The visual representation of the network in Blackhat, most notably in […]

  • The Making of an Indebted Me: My So-Called Journey Into Understanding and Trying Desperately (and futilely) to Accept Capitalism
    Posted by Piper on December 3, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Wowee. If I wasn’t already stressed out about money and capitalism, I sure am now! I wonder if Maurizio Lazaratto (that is literally the most Italian name I have ever heard) was thinking of us small people when he wrote The Making of an Indebted Man. I wonder if he was thinking about small Piper, … Continue reading The Making of an Indebted Me: My So-Called Journey Into Understanding and Trying Desperately (and futilely) to Accept Capitalism &rarr […]

  • Maurizio Lazzaretto Gives Me Anxiety
    Posted by Emily on December 3, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    So, I don’t think that I’m going to pretend that I found Lazzarato’s The Making of The Indebted Man to be particularly gripping, because it took me like five hours to get through the first chapter. However, I learned a great deal about debt, which was something that I never really expected to get from this class. … Continue reading Maurizio Lazzaretto Gives Me Anxiety […]

  • Understanding debt is also to see things through the lens of depressive realism
    Posted by layne on December 3, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    First, I’ll just say any mention of the IMF or World Bank or Eu gets me all riled-up. I’ve ranted in previous posts, so I’ll try not to here, but with much difficulty because many points in the reading I go to I just say to myself “What the fuck?” But, I do see a … Continue reading Understanding debt is also to see things through the lens of depressive realism […]

  • The Future Comes Crashing Down
    Posted by Hassan Abbas on December 3, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Amongst the whirlwind of information about the inner workings of finance capital, debt and high-speed trading, I find it interesting that a few blogs this week have taken the opportunity to make correlations with network form and affect. Though this is what we are asked to do in our blogs anyway, I feel both Hannah … Continue reading The Future Comes Crashing Down &rarr […]

  • Blackhat But the Lead Role is Played by Michael Cera
    Posted by Sara on December 3, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    For the most part, my opinion on Blackhat is the same as it was the first time I saw it: a lot like Ed’s in terms of the glaringly obvious problems in the movie and mostly just that I’ve always thought this movie was ridiculous and kind of silly. Not taken seriously, Blackhat can be … Continue reading Blackhat But the Lead Role is Played by Michael Cera &rarr […]

  • Blog From a Super Sad, Sick Girl
    Posted by Caitlin on December 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Okay I feel like I start all my blogs off by saying how much I disliked something, so I am going to try skip that part this week, even though the only thing I really liked about the film was Chris Hemsworth’s face (heyyyy!).  Though I wasn’t a fan of the film, Blackhat added to […]

  • Super Sad True Debt Story: Lazzarato’s Indebted Man
    Posted by James Steenland on December 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    It has been quite difficult for me to wrap my head around this suddenly economic class content, but I am grateful that I have worked my way from happy ignorance to conscious loser in just a few weeks. Loser in this sense being the antonym to victor, but I guess there aren’t many victors in … Continue reading Super Sad True Debt Story: Lazzarato’s Indebted Man […]

  • Admissable Gambling?
    Posted by Daniel on December 3, 2015 at 6:06 am

    After our discussion and skype with Theo in class on Tuesday, I feel that I do have a better grasp on high frequency trading but I can’t help but feel like the whole idea and process of selling futures and betting on commodities is mostly just sleazy.  To the ear, it sounds like it is … Continue reading Admissable Gambling? &rarr […]

  • Living on the Edge of Existence
    Posted by Artist on December 3, 2015 at 4:09 am

    For this weeks blog I was required to read a few chapters of Maurizio Lazzarato , The Making of the Indebted Man.  Admittedly , I regret not joining last weeks class , because I do not fully  understand the concept of  neoliberalism  within the context of debt. However , thanks to this weeks  blog posts […]

  • Space Ghostman, Coast to Coast
    Posted by holloway on December 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I guess I’d like to start with the opening sequence to Blackhat, which immediately showcases the grounded (albeit tiny) physicality of the network. Inside of a very small computer, amidst the sound of insects, lights are turning on, things are happening, they are just at an indistinguishable scale. Alongside all of our recent class discussions, … Continue reading Space Ghostman, Coast to Coast […]

  • I’d Like to Borrow Some Cheese From the Future Please.
    Posted by loesch on December 2, 2015 at 1:02 am

    You know, our cheese discussion actually helped me out with all these futures and our talk with Theo was really illuminating too.  If only Ed actually bought the future for 40K lbs of cheese.  Then we could get to the future and have a cheese party and talk more about algorithms, because those are the […]

  • “Well, Gee, Computers Sure Are Fast! Hyuk!”
    Posted by Ed on December 2, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Blackhat (2015? I don’t know why I thought it was older than that.) wasn’t that bad. Sure, it was pulpy and action movie-ie. Sure, the immediate romance between Thor and Hong Xiaoyi (I’m just being smug. I didn’t know this actress before this film.) is kind of ridiculous. And, sure, there’s no explanation for how … Continue reading “Well, Gee, Computers Sure Are Fast! Hyuk!” &rarr […]

  • Final project posts: 12/4 and 12/11
    Posted by scott on December 1, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Dear all, As part of your process towards final projects, two further process posts: Project proposal, due 12/4. In 300-500 words, describe your final project: your topic, your questions, your method, your primary sources, and the themes and readings and aesthetic objects from the course you plan to engage. You may wish to structure this … Continue reading Final project posts: 12/4 and 12/11 […]

  • The Tradeworks CEO Needs a New Job
    Posted by Dan on December 1, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I love me some Radiolab. Near the end of the Million Dollar Microsecond, an episode I had in fact heard before (but it had been quite a while), the CEO of Tradeworks is being interviewed. Tradeworks, which we are introduced to near the beginning of the podcast, is a New Jersey based company. It appears … Continue reading The Tradeworks CEO Needs a New Job […]

  • The Evolution of Trading
    Posted by Chris on December 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Radiolab’s “Million dollar Microsecond” is an exploration into the modern stock exchange. A job that once required a room full of men yelling in funny coats as they scribbled on little pieces of paper is now done by computers, but not just any computers. These computers are wired with algorithms to buy and sell stock … Continue reading The Evolution of Trading […]

  • How long until we’re obsolete ?
    Posted by Deep on December 1, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Significant Blog Post II Prior to my reading of Social Media, Financial Algorithms and the Hack Crash I had very scant knowledge about algorithms. My knowledge was reduced to basic high school level computer science. Simply put, these orders of commands and operations were merely used to expedite simple everyday tasks. Upon my reading I … Continue reading How long until we’re obsolete ? […]

  • Another typical happy ending
    Posted by mahmutovic on December 1, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Another hacking movie with a happy ending. Should have seen it coming from the beginning. Blackhat was a heart-pounding thriller but it did not necessarily live up to my expectations. It starts off talking about the typical wired world. Something about IP addresses and encrypted data. Typical things that we, as non-computer hackers, would never … Continue reading Another typical happy ending &rarr […]

  • Check me out, I’m trying to make a Tumblr.
    Posted by No One McMullen on November 30, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    http://fredricjameson420.tumblr.com/ This will probably change a lot in the next few days. First post should be up sometime this weekend, I’m hoping. Check frequently to get weirded out. […]

  • Singularity is taking us already
    Posted by mahmutovic on November 26, 2015 at 2:03 am

      Singularity is the main idea or concept in this novel of Charles Stross’ Accelerando, and for you who are not into science fiction, “singularity” by my understanding is sf’s attempt to reunite cultural and technological change that the human race has found itself in for at least the last century .The Italian translation of … Continue reading Singularity is taking us already &rarr […]

  • Spacecrafts , Lobsters , and Captialism
    Posted by Artist on November 25, 2015 at 4:47 am

    In Charles Stross novel titled Accelerando , life on earth is but absolute. I must admit that although this book was not my favorite , I did not completely dislike it. Similarly  this brilliantly titled post Caitlin  , it was hard for me to conceptualize the setting of this story because everything seemed to move […]

  • Fading Insanity
    Posted by eisenberg on November 24, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    In the first essay of No Speed Limit by Steven Shaviro, Lee Konstantinou defines accelerationism as “the only way out is the way through”. Meaning that we shouldn’t necessarily side with capitalism or economism, but to just keep moving forward and make whatever decision feels right at its proper time. How many of us feel … Continue reading Fading Insanity […]

  • Because, man, Accelerando is f#(%in’ long!
    Posted by Ed on November 24, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    So, I’m gonna talk about what I got from No Speed Limit. Specifically, I want to talk about Hyperobjects, Timothy Morton’s term for “phenomena that that actually exist, but that stretch our ideas of time and space, since they far outlast most human time scales” (Shaviro, Loc 151, I’m still reading on a Kindle). I … Continue reading Because, man, Accelerando is f#(%in’ long! &rarr […]

  • Limited Speed in Accelerando
    Posted by holloway on November 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I was trying to get through Accelerando (still am), when I decided to switch over and finish No Speed Limits first. Accelerando so far, has been the most difficult thing to get through in class for me. There seems to be so much excess writing in it to me, that I am always trying to … Continue reading Limited Speed in Accelerando […]

  • I Ain’t Buying it
    Posted by Dan on November 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Very tricky Scott. Well played. All this sci-fi we have been reading in the past unit has served to illustrate the very lucid points in Shaviro’s, No Speed Limit (or perhaps vice-versa). As I have said in some past posts, science fiction is not my cup of tea. I often find it myopic and trite. … Continue reading I Ain’t Buying it […]

  • Even More Sex
    Posted by Chris on November 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    The part that I found interesting was the sex that happens between Manfred and Pamela. You’d think sex in a science fiction story would just be people having sex on jetpacks or something right? But apparently sex in this scene of Accelerando is as normal as the sex they have in The Sluts. Because when … Continue reading Even More Sex […]

  • Science Fiction of the Future
    Posted by barnes on November 24, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    It’s a well known saying that if you want something different, you have to do something you’ve never done. Accelerando literally accelerates to a future where technology is in control and the main players, not human beings. Though the book is made up of multiple short stories, it is not a difficult read. It was for … Continue reading Science Fiction of the Futur […]

  • Accelerando and final project
    Posted by Emily on November 24, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I knew that I liked this novel when I had gotten to page eighty-four, as Annette has a conversation (or more of an interrogation/squabble) with Aineko, and this happens: “The cat shudders and looks round at her. “Human bitch!” it hisses. Then it freezes in place as the air fills with a bright and silent … Continue reading Accelerando and final project […]

  • Accelerationism Makes Noah Use a Bunch of Weird Metaphors (alsoifyou’resickofhearingmetalkaboutvaporwaveskipthispostplease)
    Posted by No One McMullen on November 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Accelerationism is beautiful because it’s really gross, and I think Shaviro understands that more than I do, probably. It’s a fucked up idea, in theory: we have to exaggerate capitalism more than it already is, take it from a lump to a tumor, speed up the process of economic digestion to an extent that, while […]

  • And We Thought Capitalism Was Subsuming Enough…
    Posted by Hassan Abbas on November 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    “Like it or not – we are all accelerationists now” (34). Gee, thanks Steven Shaviro. This statement about the modern human condition under capitalism, may hit a nerve for the average, self-sustaining, dyed-in-the-wool idealist. Someone who makes it their business to live outside the event horizon of capital’s all subsuming force. A particularly astute critic … Continue reading And We Thought Capitalism Was Subsuming Enough… &rarr […]

  • Belated Research Project Post
    Posted by gerendasy on November 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I’ve been wrestling with my ideas for my research project, and I’m afraid I don’t have much to show for the struggle. Truth is, I’ve been leery of posting anything here because I still don’t think that my thoughts are particularly substantial. I know that’s permissible at this stage, but still, it’s embarrassing to put your name on bad ideas, doubly … Continue reading Belated Research Project Post […]

  • It’s What They’re Doing in Scandinavia
    Posted by Daniel on November 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    The easiest way to understand “accelerationism” seems to be Steven Shaviro’s example involving the notorious Koch brothers in,  No Speed Limit.  Shaviro points out the unrelenting ways that the Koch brothers not only strive to stay alive, but strive to be on the tippity top of the food chain.  These petroleum brothers don’t just deny … Continue reading It’s What They’re Doing in Scandinavia &rarr […]

  • Women and Cats Will Do as They Please
    Posted by Sara on November 24, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I feel like, in a nutshell, Accelerando could be described as “this dystopian is even scarier because women have stopped listening to you and what’s a guy to do about that”. Because really, all space nonsense aside (more on the cat later because guess what the cat’s name is- it’s Love Cat), the major conflicts … Continue reading Women and Cats Will Do as They Please &rarr […]

  • “F*** love…she wants power.”
    Posted by Caitlin on November 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

    If there is one thing I have discovered this semester is my new strong dislike of science fiction novels. I have never really been into the whole dystopian thing. I really agree with Loesch’s post from this week, I feel like we had very similar feelings about the whole book. There wasn’t really anything about […]

  • Wir Fahren auf der Autobahn
    Posted by newton on November 23, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    No Speed Limit by Stephen Shaviro is quite the little red book. (I do not mean to suggest that the author in any way condones the personage or policies of Chairman Mao.) There’s a lot to unpack, and a lot of ideas and thinking which it has prompted, along with considerable disquiet. I want to begin … Continue reading Wir Fahren auf der Autobahn […]

  • Final Project Question
    Posted by Piper on November 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    For my project, I want to study how alternate reality games can suspend disbelief in a wide audience on the network to fool people into believing that it is an authentic experience on the network, because I want to find out whether or not it would be possible to recreate that suspended disbelief on a … Continue reading Final Project Question &rarr […]

  • shit x 1000 words and sex
    Posted by loesch on November 23, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Accelerando has me feeling… angry. Regretful that I wasted so much time in such pathetic literature. Aggravated at all abstract descriptions.  Bitter toward (now) all of science fiction (I know, I know, I shouldn’t let one bad experience keep me from giving it another chance in the future, but I’m going to).  If I could write […]

  • Final Project Question/Topic
    Posted by barnes on November 20, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    So, I was quite afraid to post my original final research project topic. I planned to wait until I met with Scott, and for him to approve or disapprove before I posted it, so I’d have someone’s judgement on it…but, my schedule doesn’t allow me to meet with him until the class before Thanksgiving break, … Continue reading Final Project Question/Topic […]

  • Reading next week
    Posted by scott on November 20, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    After looking through No Speed Limit, here is my honest reaction: It’s very short, and not nearly as difficult as, say, the Berlant; the whole book is a scant 61 pages, and Shaviro is an admirably clear writer. Please do your best to finish both Accelerando and No Speed Limit. Meanwhile, the priority of what is in No Speed … Continue reading Reading next week […]

  • The Present History
    Posted by Daniel on November 19, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Pattern Recognition takes place just 2 years after the 9/11 attacks, arguably the biggest tragedy the Unites States has ever seen.  The reader is exposed to the ways that Gibson depoliticizes the attacks, which ignores portions of real history from the novel.  When considering what the historical process entails in the real world and the fictional world, we come … Continue reading The Present History &rarr […]

  • I Can’t See New York
    Posted by Artist on November 19, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    After 9/11 a lot of things changed , not just in terms of national security but also in regards to how people handled the intensity of  affects.  In particular,  in America many began to  make sense of this tragedy by  realizing their own mortality.  There was and still are so  many affects  that derived from  […]