So many of my recent interests have brought me back to this issue of Postmodern Culture, first for Eugenie Brinkema's essay on violence and cinematic form and then today for E. L. McCallum's "A Moving Which Is Not a Moving." And while I was there—one I can't believe I missed to this point—Calum Watts' "Circuits of Fascination and Inspiration." What an issue. muse.jhu.edu/issue/42718

Someone who understands music better than I do is going to have to explain to me why the main title theme on White Lotus sounds like it alone could instigate the end of the world

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It is heartbreaking to share this beautiful poem from this brilliant book in this context, but I share it in the hope that it reaches someone who needs it today. It’s the title poem from James Davis’s CLUB Q, published by Waywiser Press as winner of the 15th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize in 2020.

( Hashtags below, for those searching:
#ClubQ #lgbt #TransDayOfRemembrance )

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Live coding: a user's manual is out this week, published open access by MIT Press. I have my copy already, after many years it's real!

I just put up a placeholder website, and will upload the pdf, epub and mobi ebook files there on Tuesday, maybe making a web version. It'd be interesting if people started contributing edits, adding extra chapters etc..

https://livecodingbook.toplap.org/

As far as I can tell, I added the link to verify my website correctly and even removed all the extra formatting that had it opening in a new tab and hidden as white text on a white background, but after another day without the check mark, I feel like I'm still missing something. Any tips anyone? It's be a few weeks of trying this in silence...

We had very much hoped to include Nora Abrams of MCA Denver, whose new book with Amy Whitaker, The Story of NFTs: Artists, Technology, and Democracy, is coming out in March, but our schedules didn’t match. Really looking forward to that book!

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I can’t think of a better time to talk about blockchain than in the middle of a crypto collapse. Looking forward to the conversation at SCMS in Denver on where this technology intersects with media studies and critical theory with Andrew Lison, Nathan Schneider, and Jonathan Beller.

Following a long tradition on the bird site, it's time again to effuse about Kali Malone... kalimalone.bandcamp.com/album/

It was my mission to find the original publication of Haraway’s “Cyborg Manifesto” essay in the Socialist Review, so I made a pilgrimage today to the Temple University Library’s Special Collections. Some interesting finds that I’ll talk more about in my integrated circuits book, but for now it was great to be able to pick it up and jot down some notes with the original pagination.

A very media-studies reason why the Milwaukee Bucks can't wear cream colored uniforms anymore... I would have never guessed! uni-watch.com/2022/11/15/the-s

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There is a moment, a joyous moment, between when the staff stands ready, feet shuffle quietly, a hush and a murmur runs in the space before the giant doors creak open and the day's endeavors begin.

And this is that moment.

Welcome to Mastodon, Internet Archive.

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Now the way the Internet Archive is doing mastodon is how more organisations and celebs should be joining the fediverse!

They have a dedicated in house instance, which lets you identify official staff, and gives them control and security over their content, whilst also allowing people and instances to opt in or out of interacting with them

Kudos for doing it right @internetarchive!

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The idea that the way to solve Twitter's problems is to turn it into a bank is emblematic of everything that's wrong with late capitalism.

#latecapitalism #twitter

https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/10/23452488/elon-musk-twitter-bank-q-and-a

Arrived in NOLA for SHOT. Looking forward to seeing people.

A stack of printouts is an archive of memories: the printers I used, the coffeeshops and offices where I read, the seasons, the detours and dead ends of ideas, but still no "The Intertwining—The Chiasm," for which I'll have to create a new memory.

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I wrote an entire book about the commercial content moderation of online spaces. It’s called Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media. The paperback edition came out on Yale University Press last year and has a new preface.

This could be a good time to read it. Just saying.

https://yalebooks.yale.edu/9780300261479/behind-the-screen

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This one is for all the new people on #Mastodon: did you know that the #fediverse has more than just a microblogging replacement? And that they can all interoperate with your Mastodon account?

Check them out!

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assemblag.es is a Mastodon instance for people interested in thinking creatively and critically about technology, in the broadest sense. The only requirement is that you keep to the code of conduct! Note: we've paused new signups for a few days while we deal with the #twittermigration influx - please do request an invite, but be aware that for now functions more like a 'waiting list' than a knock on the door, until our numbers stabilise again :-)