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“Semiotic Pluralism” and the New Government of Signs Homage to Félix Guattari by Maurizio Lazzarato

“Semiotic Pluralism” and the New Government of Signs Homage to Félix Guattari Maurizio Lazzarato (Translated by Mary O’Neill)   For Félix Guattari, capital is far more than a simple economic category relating to the circulation of goods and the accumulation of wealth. It is a semiotic category that affects all levels of production and all levels of the stratification of power. According to a definition dating from the 70s, Capital is a “semantic operator”. The semiotic components of capital always operate in a dual register. The first is the register of “representation” and “signification” or “production of meaning”, both of…

Stiegler’s Memory, 1: The Problem With Husserl

The Problem With Husserl Matt Bluemink To French philosopher Bernard Stiegler, the outer objects that human beings create can be looked at exteriorisations of consciousness; tools and the techniques we create to use them are both essentially a technical prostheticity that is fundamental to our being as humans. This inherent technicity is also fundamental to how we experience time. Indeed, the process of epiphylogenesis (see bottom 1) is how we, through technics, create time; we invent a future for ourselves that is dependent on the acquired epiphylogenetic memory passed down to us from our ancestors. This idea of time as…

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…

Emerging Ethical Dilemmas in Science and Technology

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="115"] William G. Gilroy[/caption] Emerging Ethical Dilemmas in Science and Technology article: link Dec. 17, 2012 — As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame's John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has announced its inaugural list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2013. The Reilly Center explores conceptual, ethical and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Its goal is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good. The center generated its inaugural list with the help of…

Cloud Capitalism

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="121"] Gilles Deleuze[/caption]   According to Gilles Deleuze in his Postscript on Control Societies the individual has become the dividual: the "dividual"—a physically embodied human subject that is endlessly divisible and reducible to data representations via the modern technologies of control, like computer-based systems. "The numerical language of control is made of codes that mark access to information, or reject it. [....] Individuals have become 'dividuals' and masses [have become] samples, data, markets, or 'banks.'" For Deleuze, such technologies indicate that we as discrete selves are not in-divisible entities; on the contrary, we can be divided and…

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