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My Newest Published Article

My review of Paul Virilio’s The Great Accelerator was published yesterday by Marx and Philosophy.

I believe its greatest merit to lie in its analysis of flash-trading or program-trading as it relates to a dehumanization of time and the resultant… 50 more words

Cybernetics

Paul Virilio on the origins of interactivity

INTERACTIVITY was actually born in the nineteenth century — with the telegraph, certainly, but also and especially with clinical electricity, which involved planting electrodes on the faces of the human guinea pigs used in such ‘medical art’ as practised by Dr Duchenne de Boulogne.

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Video Games

What, Then, of War?

“Politics prevents complete release.” Paul Virilio, Pure War, 62.

Semiotext(e)

Asymmetrical War and the Dying State

“Globalitarianism brings us back to the smallest common denominator: one individual equals Total War; and when I say one it could be ten as well … Just look at the World Trade Center, eleven men brought in twenty-eight hundred dead, just about as many as at Pearl Harbor, with its carriers, Japanese torpedo planes, etc. 15 more words

Semiotext(e)

Trains As Precarious Worlds, from Snowpiercer to La Bestia

Two trains have commanded significant attention this past summer: the Snowpiercer, the fictional train in Bong Joon-ho’s post-apocalyptic film, and “La Bestia”, the freight train travelling from Mexico’s southern border to Mexico City. 1,303 more words

Film Studies

The Facebook Experiment, Briefly Noted

More than likely, you’ve recently heard about Facebook’s experiment in the manipulation of user emotions. I know, Facebook as a whole is an experiment in the manipulation of user emotions. 698 more words

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