Tag Archives: Nigel Thrift

Streams of Consciousness: Data, Cognition and Intelligent Devices cfp

Call for Papers Streams of Consciousness: Data, Cognition and Intelligent Devices conference at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Warwick University, 21st and 22nd of April 2016 “What’s on your mind?” This is the question to which every Facebook status update … Continue reading

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Memes, spam, nodes and moods: On creating super–clusters of attention

There’s a nice summary of a talk I did on virality for the Global Media Cultures masters programme at the University of Warwick yesterday. Some really interesting points came up about links between network science and the attention economy and … 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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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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The Return of Crowd Contagion? 2 of 3

Christmas Comes Early: The English Summer Riots The contrast between the student protests in London, which have, after the storming of Tory HQ in November 2010 and political defeat a month later in Parliament Square, seemingly lost momentum, and the … Continue reading

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Affective Contagion: Social Practices and the Problem of the Uncanny (4 of 5)

The Atmosphere of Affect… A big influence on Thrift’s notion of affective contagion is Teresa Brennan’s The Transmission of Affect. So not surprisingly this book too becomes a target for Wetherell’s critique, particularly Brennan’s choice of words. Perhaps transmission is … Continue reading

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Affective Contagion: Social Practices and the Problem of the Uncanny (3 of 5)

New Neural Pathways… Tarde contends that every animal, like every human ‘reaches out’ to the social life to satisfy their innate capacity to imitate (Tarde 1903, 67). This is Tarde’s ‘sine qua non of mental development,’ a precondition of all … Continue reading

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