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From Sage to Simulacrum: Sri Aurobindo a Photographic Essay ….rc

From Sage to Simulacrum: Sri Aurobindo a Photographic Essay R. Carlson   The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed rations, which ultimately touch me, who is here, the duration of the transmission is insignificant; the photograph of the missing being will touch me like the delayed beams of a star. …. Roland Barthes Camera Lucidia From time to time images of others, portraits, are indeed able to usurp reality because a photograph while an interpretation of the real; it is also a trace, something directly stenciled off the real, like…

On Internet freedom: India’s perilous trajectory

[caption id="attachment_9087" align="aligncenter" width="276"] Edward Snowden[/caption]   On Internet freedom, India's perilous trajectory By Geoffrey King/CPJ Internet Advocacy Coordinator Committee to Protect Journalist By the time the first story based on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures splashed across the front pages of the world's newspapers, India hadreportedly begun deployment of its own major surveillance architecture, the Central Management System (CMS). The system is a $132 million project that allows central access to all communications content and metadata carried over Indian telecommunications networks. According to documents reviewed by The Hindu: the CMS will enhance the government's surveillance and interception capabilities far beyond 'meta-data,' data mining, and the original expectation…

Einstein’s Nightmare: On Bernard Stiegler’s Techno-Dystopia by Mark Featherstone

Einstein's Nightmare   On Bernard Stiegler's Techno-Dystopia   Article originally Published at: C Theory   Mark Featherstone       I. Gadget Love   In the winter of 2013, I became aware of "Einstein's Nightmare," an Internet meme, a fragment of information, which reflects the horror of what I call in this article the "technological dystopia." [1] The meme, titled "Einstein's Worst Nightmare," explains that "The Day That Albert Einstein Feared Has Arrived!" Below the caption, six images show people in various collective scenarios -- "Having Coffee with Friends," "A Day at the Beach," "Cheering for your Team," "On an Intimate Date," "Enjoying…

Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundati Roy

               Arundati Roy ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... Antilla the Hun Mukesh Ambani’s 27-storey home on Altamont Road. Its bright lights, say the neighbours, have stolen the night. Capitalism: A Ghost Story OutLook India (link) Rockefeller to Mandela, Vedanta to Anna Hazare.... How long can the cardinals of corporate gospel buy up our protests? by Arundhati Roy Is it a house or a home? A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since Antilla arrived on Altamont Road in Mumbai, exuding mystery and quiet menace, things have not been the same. “Here we are,”…

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot’s prison letters to Slavoj Žižek

    Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot's prison letters to Slavoj Žižek The Guardian Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is currently in a prison hospital in Siberia; here she and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek 2 January 2013 Dear Nadezhda, I hope you have been able to organise your life in prison around small rituals that make it tolerable, and that you have time to read. Here are my thoughts on your predicament. John Jay Chapman, an American political essayist, wrote this about radicals in 1900: "They are really always saying the same thing. They don't change; everybody else changes. They are…

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