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Postcolonial Studies, Digital Humanities, and the Politics of Language

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Excerpted from a longer essay in progress. Adeline Koh and Roopika Risam recently started an open thread on DHPoco based around an observation by Martha Nell Smith about the politics of race and gender in the digital humanities. I find these topics distinctly connected to questions about language and the relationship of various humanities fields. […]

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Computerization, Centralization, and Concentration

uranium enrichment centrifuge

One of the most dangerous canards of the digital revolution is the one according to which distribution, decentralization, and democratization are the characteristic hallmarks of contemporary mass computerization. To writers of earlier ages (Huxley, Orwell, Lem, Weizenbaum, Wiener, Mumford, Ellul, Roszak, just to name a few), such sentiments would seem shocking, because what they understood […]

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Taking Care of SR/OOO and the Generations

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In my quiet moments, I find I have a great deal to say about Speculative Realism/Object-Oriented Ontology (SR/OOO), although much of it would take me far beyond the generally computational focus of this blog. Suffice to say: not much of it would be complimentary. At the risk of going too far afield as it is, […]

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United States of America® & Twitter® Announce Global Ad Parternship

http://gawker.com/5826066/barack-obama-is-tweeting-like-a-monster #gotohell

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USA® & Twitter® Solidify Product Placement Relationship

http://gawker.com/5826066/barack-obama-is-tweeting-like-a-monster #gotohell

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Hack/2

So in yesterday’s news we learned not only of much more hacking by and awareness of hacking on the part of News Corp (I doubt we’ve even scratched the surface–what I want to know is how widely dispersed these techniques are and where knowledge about them comes from, because they all impinge on national security […]

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More Harassment of Computing Heroes

I almost can’t believe I’m reading this. Superhero outfit LulzSec is being arrested and detained and investigated by everyone from the FBI to Scotland Yard to Interpol. It’s a complete outrage, as all good humanities scholars working in New Media know. LulzSec is only trying to do good for society. Their political program is one […]

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Draft for Comment: ‘Playing with Rules’

The Electronic Book Review kindly published an in-depth review of The Cultural Logic of Computation (and of Mark McGurl’s The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing, both Harvard UP 2009) by Brian Lennon titled “Gaming the System.” The editors of the journal ask all reviewed authors to respond; after far too […]

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Fuchs on “The Empire of Economic Surveillance”

The brilliant Christian Fuchs reflects on Google buzz in a posting distributed today on nettime-l and [idc] titled “Google Buzz: Economic Surveillance – Buzz Off! The Problem of Online Surveillance and the Need for an Alternative Internet.” Among the more interesting observations including what is becoming for me one of many indications that Eric Schmidt […]

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Searching Every Text Message (We Are Building Big Brother #1)

It’s long been rumored that US intelligence agencies are capable of monitoring every form of electronic communication. In recent stories about Chinese internet and wireless surveillance, it’s become clear that this technology exists and is widely used. Is it used just to prevent “terrorist attacks,” however we define that? thanks to the national security state, […]

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