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Review of Robert J. Shiller, Narrative Economics

ALH Online Review, Series XXVIII 819

Robert J. Shiller, Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic
Events (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019), 400 pp.
Reviewed by Tony D. Sampson, University of East London

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Two Assemblage Brain related articles published in AI and Society

There are two Assemblage Brain related articles published in the current issue of AI & Society journal.

I am more than a little excited about these publications since my school history teacher at an Essex comp in the late 1970s, Richard Ennals, set up AI & Society in 1986.

Firstly, Tero Karppi’s review of the book. See Karppi, T. ‘Tony D. Sampson: The Assemblage Brain. Sense Making in Neuroculture.’ AI & Society (2019) 34: 945. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-018-0826-8

And next, the first article I wrote after the book was published in Dec 2016.

See Sampson, T.D. ‘Transitions in human–computer interaction: from data embodiment to experience capitalism.’ AI & Society (2019) 34: 835. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-018-0822-z

This one develops on themes from the book, including Experience HCI and Capitalism, as well as many of the subsequent Whiteheadian ventures started in AB and picked up again in my next effort.


TS 20/10/19

A review of the Reworking the Brain session at Transmediale in Berlin on 1st Feb

One of my students sent me this link to a review of Transmediale in Berlin earlier this month. It includes the Reworking the Brain session I contributed to with Hyphen Labs. It’s on the Contemporary Art from East Asia and East Europe website. Not sure who the author (EC) is, but if they want to become my agent, please let me know.

Read on… 🙂

Image from Contemporary Art from East Asia and East Europe website


Review of the Assemblage Brain

Tero Karppi has written a nice review of The Assemblage Brain for AI & Society Journal. It’s actually more than a mere “review” of this book since it also makes a number of knowing references to developments (and improvements) made between Virality and The Assemblage Brain.

Here’s Tero’s concluding remarks…

“Sampson’s vision of media culture is dark, original and innovative. In a Tardean manner, Sampson develops his own voice through the ability to adapt texts and ideas that have not been brought together and produce something original.
Sampson’s book is an assemblage, which expands the way brain can be thought and gives the name of “neuroculture” to our everyday dystopia, which is not the future, but has already occupied “all corners of cultural, social, political and economic life” (ix).” Karppi, T. AI & Soc (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-018-0826-8

Looking forward to Tero’s Disconnect book! Due in spring this year (2018).

Just to note that the full review is here and if you do not have institutional access it costs money.

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Beware the Rays of Imitation – Virality Review

There’s a nicely balanced, detailed and mostly favourable review of Virality by Claire Barber in Reviews in Cultural Theory this month.

Some of the remarks concerning the neuroscientific viewpoint, an example of virality briefly introduced in the latter part of the book, are very pertinent and will be addressed in far more depth in my next book on neuroculture. I’m busy writing that right now… More to follow!