Category Archives: Internet

immemoria (fiction)

(1) They’ll laugh when they don’t understand you and they’ll laugh when they do. He was very tired, she could tell by the colors around his eyes, he’s tired and so am I. I feel helpless against the surveillance state, against the inexorable spread of technology. The worst part is that it’s not fit to write about. […]

note

At the very beginning of my PhD research — which formally begins in August — here’s some stuff I hope to be working on: The  all-encompassing directive of transparency, in particular the role of interiority and personal myth-making in the “post-privacy” age. Power differentials between individuals and institutions re: surveillance and data gathering. Social issues of blockchain development and other “Web […]

abstract / in progress: a garden of forking code

Working on this. *** In this essay, I argue that regular social media use imposes unique difficulties on the process of writing fiction, and that these difficulties stem from the social web’s overarching ethos of personal transparency. The essay takes a first-person perspective, drawing on my own experiences online and as a writer, though it […]

being nobody

Who was it that said that in a truly oppressed society, people are not silenced, but forced to speak? “Neoliberalism turns the oppressed worker into a free contractor, an entrepreneur of the self. Today, everyone is a self-exploiting worker in their own enterprise…the prevailing mode of production is based on lonesome and isolated self-entrepreneurs, who […]

Blockchains!

I also covered the Inaugural DC Blockchain Summit for Coindesk; you can read the article here.  My trip to DC had a dual function: I’ll be presenting a paper about blockchain tech at the Theorizing the Web conference in New York City next month and initially was only going to to the blockchain summit for […]

The Orrery

Last month I bought a copy of The Only Dance There Is, a collection of talks given by Ram Dass in 1970. Not a bad thing to read during the holy season. I don’t follow any particular organized religion, but my spirituality is who I am. It informs everything I do. I spend a lot […]

Happy New Year

It’s 2016! I just wanted to write a quick post about what I’ve been up to, since it’s been a while. I’ve been running around a bit: I moved to Asheville, North Carolina from my apartment in New Jersey at the beginning of September, returned to New York for a month in December, and moved […]

A Theory of Mythos

(abstract for project) A brief history of hacker and psychedelic subcultures from the 1950s onward, with a focus on chronological parallels and commonalities between the two. As I illuminate the various characteristics these cultures share, I note that one point of overlap in particular may be spiritually instructive for those seeking meaning in the wake […]