Tag Archives: Gabriel Tarde

Programme and abstracts for AFFECTIVE CAPITALISM SYMPOSIUM, UNIVERSITY OF TURKU, FINLAND 5-6. June 2014

As promised more details about this event (below). Thanks to the organizers from Turku for putting together what looks to be a wonderful two day event unpicking the notion of affective capitalism. AFFECTIVE CAPITALISM SYMPOSIUM UNIVERSITY OF TURKU, FINLAND 5-6 … Continue reading

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‘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 … Continue reading

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Digital Culture: Anomalies, Archaeology and Contagion

Digital Culture: Anomalies, Archaeology and Contagion – a seminar and wine reception at Kings College, London 20th March 2013 Seminar: 4.30-5.30 in K3.11 (K3.11 King’s Building, Third Floor, Room 11).  on the Strand Campus of KCL. Directions here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/strand/Strand.aspx Wine … Continue reading

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Olympo-Mania as Biopolitical Epidemic or how the Boris Johnson Contagion Spreads…

(This is work in progress) In an attention grabbing headline published in the London Evening Standard just prior to the start of the Olympic Games in 2012, Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, declared that: “No one in London is immune … Continue reading

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Animal Societies of Imitation

Tarde’s Animal Societies of Imitation Having watched this canary-like beluga whale doing a very bizarre bugle imitation this week reminded me of Tarde’s interest in animal societies. In the short piece below (adapted from a full article due to be … Continue reading

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Talks on Virality (part four)

(Goldsmiths Oct 22nd) Virality then returns to digital networks by referring to two Evil Media style stratagems. The first, “immunologic,” permeates the very matter and functionality of network security. The binary filtering of self and non-self, and known and unknown, … Continue reading

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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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Viral Utopias launch event on Friday November 16th

Viral Utopias Update Posted on October 31, 2012 The Virality part of this free event will now be a collaboration between Tim Vogt, Francesco Tacchini, Nik Vaughn and Tony D Sampson. We will be responding to the idea(l) of a viral … Continue reading

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