‘Tarde as Media Theorist’: an interview with Tony D. Sampson, by Jussi Parikka

‘Tarde as Media Theorist’: an interview with Tony D. Sampson, by Jussi Parikka

This discussion focuses on Sampson’s recently published monograph Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks, characterised by Brian Rotman as “offering a new theory of the viral as a sociological event.” In this conversation, Parikka and Sampson talk about Gabriel Tarde and assemblage theory, and why Tarde should be approached as a media theorist who is more interested in the somnambulistic notions of the social. Sampson’s interest in the non-cognitive – and non-cognitive capitalism – resonates with recent discussions of affect, but with a special focus on developments in HCI-design and research.
Read the rest of the interview on the Theory, Culture and Society Blog published Friday, 25 January 2013

 

 

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