Category Archives: Myth

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 […]

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 […]

Art and Magic

I think what used to be called “magic” is now known as “art.” Once upon a time we understood magic to occupy its own ontological space and questions of real or unreal didn’t apply. When the collective unconscious busted through the seams of the visible world, when our deepest desires and fantasy worlds began to […]

Micro-Manifesto (For A Small Age)

[1] Fear of technology, especially by those who don’t see themselves as “makers,” reproduces dangerous power structures. [2] Fetishization of technology, especially by those who don’t see themselves as “makers,” also reproduces dangerous power structures. [3] Entropy is what gives items value; anything that’s theoretically infinite should not be commodified. This includes identity, data and […]

Technology As A Metaphor for the Future

The more I write on digital activism and the Internet, the more interested I become in Jungian studies and symbolism. It’s disorienting to be Facebook- free. Facebook has been a part of my life since 2005; I encountered it on the campus of UPenn back when it was “The Facebook,” a sort of yearbook-type site […]