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Talks on Virality (part three)

(Goldsmiths 22nd Oct) …. Continuing on Milgram. Agentic states are generally traced to the disposition of an individual caught up in a natural chain of command rather than a disassociated state.  For Milgram, imitation leads to conformity, but obedience ultimately … Continue reading

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Talks on Virality (part two)

(Goldsmiths 22nd Oct) Durkheim and Tarde provided two distinct and competing theories of the social… On one hand, there is Durkheim’s Collective Consciousness… Wherein anomalies are regarded as a “necessary evil,” since their common rejection helps to regulate the collective … Continue reading

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Recent Talks on Virality (part one)

The following posts are adapted from the notes of two recent Virality related talks. The first, a much longer effort, begins at the University of East London on the 22nd October. The second (the latter half of these posts) continues … Continue reading

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Affective Contagion: Social Practices and the Problem of the Uncanny (5 of 5)

Encountering Counter-Contagion… Wetherell’s critique of Brennan reminds me of the Durkheimian’s attack on Tarde. They called him a spiritualist. Likewise, Wetherell tries to dispel the spooky, uncanny and magical encounter with affective atmospheres by saying that it just feels as … Continue reading

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The Contagions of The Spam Book Revisited

For those visitors to Virality who haven’t yet read The Spam Book (Hampton Press, 2009) here is the introductory chapter (co-written with Jussi Parikka) and including the introduction to the first section of the collection: Contagions. ON ANOMALOUS OBJECTS OF DIGITAL … Continue reading

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