Category Archives: Dichotomies

Affective Economics — But Not That Kind

Is there a social economy of affect? Is the best analogy to understand it an ecosystem or a well-oiled machine? I think the one (machine analogy) is well suited for weighing the drift and strength of flows; the other (ecosystem … Continue reading

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Two Takes on Two Cultures

Same material revisited at intervals — the C.P. Snow 1959 Rede lecture (The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution) and the F.R. Leavis 1962 Richmond lecture (The Two Cultures?). Two concluding paragraphs From a Parliamentarian on the 40th anniversary — … Continue reading

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Whither

I once sent a posting to Humanist about objects and electronic text editing and as the thread progressed I was reminded of a formulation from Owen Feltham: “Contemplation is necessary to generate an object, but action must propagate it.” The … Continue reading

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Poetry After Freud

A. Alvarez Introduction The New Poetry 1962 The introductory essay outlines a set of negative feedbacks operating in British poetry in reaction to the work of T.S. Eliot. This is what it concludes: What poetry needs, in brief, is a … Continue reading

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Facile Dichotomies

Bret Stephens How Plato Foresaw Facebook’s Folly “Technology promises to make easy things that, by their intrinsic nature, have to be hard.” Tweeting and trolling are easy. Mastering the arts of conversation and measured debate is hard. Texting is easy. … Continue reading

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Telling Tools

Patricio Dávila Curator Diagrams of Power http://diagramsofpower.net/curators-essay.html Maps, diagrams and visualizations are both artifacts and processes. They are tools that tell a story, and create ways of bringing people and things together in the telling of that story. The outcomes … Continue reading

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Performing Authenticity

You gotta love the title of this paper which first appeared in New Media & Society. It quotes a Twitter user: “I tweet honestly, I tweet passionately: Twitter users, context collapse, and the imagined audience”. In the article Alice E. … Continue reading

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They Are Other

Marilyn Dumont The Pemmican Eaters The anaphora would be oppressive if these last three lines were not broken off into a separate stanza. these are not the lines between English and French these are not the lines between oral and … Continue reading

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Rhythm: Seen and Heard

This 1954 book by Langston Hughes with pictures by Robin King provides from its first pages evidence that there was an alternative to the eye-ear dichotomy championed by Marshall McLuhan in the 1960s – a more holistic view of the … Continue reading

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Artefact, Recursiveness, Focus

Anne Carson in Eros, the bittersweet draws on the work of Eric Havelock postulating a shift in the Greek mind with the coming of literacy. She evokes this line of thought in the following terms: At the same time, a … Continue reading

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