Category: networks

16
Sep

A thousand plateaus

“The need to speak, even if one has nothing to say, becomes more pressing when one has nothing to say, just as the will to live becomes more urgent when life has lost its meaning.”
Jean Baudrillard – The Ecstasy of Communication

Nothing about media’s polyphony could be an adequate predictor for the popularity of the unboxing video. In our endless mediaverse, history is jettisoned – supplanted by the breadth of an infinitely replicable series of gestures of the moment.Continue Reading..

03
Sep

The millenarian impulse

Warnings of an immanent apocalypse have been an aspect of Judeo-Christian belief since the Old Testament. Given the failure of this finale to materialize, [Mayan calendar included] it is still surprising that a high number of people [more than one in seven by some accounts] persist in the idea that the “end of days” will happen within their lifetime.Continue Reading..

22
Aug

Design memes

One of the powerful aspects of theories of memetics is that they look to understand the process of societal evolution – applying across all aspects of human activity.

Memes are stories, songs, habits, skills, inventions and ways of doing things that we copy from person to person by imitation. Human nature can be explained by evolutionary theory, but only when we consider evolving memes as well as genes.

Susan Blackmore / Scientific American, Vol 283 No 4, October 2000

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