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Web 3.0/NanoWar (The Afterimage of the Surveillance State) by Chad Scoville

Web 3.0/NanoWar The Afterimage of the Surveillance State   Original Article at C Theory by Chad Scoville The information age presented Web 2.0 as the principal adjudicator and arbitrator of conscience in the domain of human affairs. It is the omniscient justice of historical consequence, the legislator of power, and the administrator of radical societal change. The forces of Web 2.0 dictate at a most mundane and fundamental level the implications of information and the emergence of technology. Web 2.0 is the parent of cultural progeny, and inasmuch as it pertains to the nature of conflict and confrontation, the temporality…

The calm before the storm: Virilio’s debt to Foucault and some notes on global capitalism by Ian Robert Douglas

The calm before the storm: Virilio’s debt to Foucault and some notes on global capitalism Ian Robert Douglas - Copyright Ian Robert Douglas. For more information please contact: ian@powerfoundation.org THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM   In fact, there was no “industrial revolution”, but only a “dromocratic revolution”; there is no democracy, only dromocracy, there is no strategy, only dromology ... Thus, the related logic of knowing power, or power-knowledge, is eliminated to the benefit of moving-power—in other words the study of tendencies, of flows. - Paul Virilio In this short essay I aim to make a simple point: that dromocratic…

Rhetological Fallacies (errors and manipulations of rhetoric and logical thinking) by David McCandless

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Against Pinker’s Violence by Ben Laws

Steven Pinker Against Pinker's Violence Steven Pinker The Better Angels of our Nature London: Allen Lane, 2011 Read original at C Theory Ben Laws   In his book, Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker attends to the topic of violence. He predicts that his thesis might cause shock, anger, disbelief and incredulity from his readers, arguing that statistically and scientifically, levels of violence in the modern world are at far lower-levels than they were decades, centuries and millennia ago -- he observes that the trends can be seen at all three levels. He claims his ideas should not be…

Manual DeLanda, Philosophy and Simulation, the Emergence of Synthetic Reason

from: Computational Culture ....... The Plane of Obscurity — Simulation and Philosophy Review of, Manual DeLanda, Philosophy and Simulation, the emergence of synthetic reason London, Continuum, 2011 ISBN 1441170286 240 Pages   Manual DeLanda has been best known as a significant figure in the introduction of the works of Gilles Deleuze to the English speaking world with numerous examples of scientific phenomenon. Such an approach presents Deleuze as a scientifically informed philosopher who also used science and technology as a pivot to carry out a revolution within the field of French philosophy, as well as extending the philosophy of Deleuze…

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