Listened to The Social Media Addiction-Machine, with Richard Seymour and Jamie Bartlett from acast

In this week’s episode we were joined by Richard Seymour, the Marxist intellectual and author of The Twittering Machine, a book which uses psychoanalytic reflection and insights from users, developers, and security experts to examine the dystopian consequences of our relationship with social media.

In a bit towards the end of this podcast, Richard Seymour describes the social industry as a simulacrum, and recommends reading Simulacra and Simulation by Baudrillard if you’re interested in this sort of stuff.


Okey doke, it was already half on the reading list, bumped up to full member. Coincidentally, that’s another one for sure on my brother’s old treasure trove of a bookshelf back home.

Replied to Mind map file systems #2 by Graham

I really need a mind map file system. I’m finding myself constantly let down by hierarchical file systems. – which is a method – but there may be software related to it.

Duuude, we have to talk about this.  I am all over this right now.  Here’s some thoughts on tools.

I think of zettelkasten as more for notes, but your idea of having it used for whole filesystems is a fascinating one.

I got myself a little hyper:// profile via Beaker Browser, after seeing Kicks post his hyper link. (I tried it a little before when it was dat but Beaker had a bug that made it unusable for me on Linux…)

I am: 9f711600ba98dd6013aed1689dff47655ddedd360aee74fd151ee91fa7f70206/

Dunno how far I’ll go with that (I mainly just want to mess around with Duxtape when it is up again!), but I do like the notion of sites and apps hosted straight from the browser, removing the server from the equation. It feels like it could be democratising (in some future world where it’s not pitched at ‘web hackers’).

A fully forkable read/write web is a solid aim too.

Though I don’t imagine this is really a goal of Beaker, I am also totally a fan of the idea of sites sometimes just not being online. Like low-tech magazine’s solar-powered website.

Listened to Episode 129 – Deleuze pt. 5 – Difference from Philosophize This!

On this episode, we continue our discussion of the work of Gilles Deleuze.

Part five of the Deleuze & Guatarri Philosophize This! podcast is great.

They talk about this idea of becoming rather than being. We are better in a constant process of becoming. And that the way to facilitate becoming is through availability of links and connections, access to connections through the rhizome to discover new things.

They also make the link between the connected nature of the rhizome and the connected nature of the city. If you segregate parts of the city, say this is the business district, this is the residential district, this is the shopping district, entertainment district etc. Then, it doesn’t work, the city doesn’t function. As per Jane Jacobs.

Cities function better when everything’s mixed together, when diverse connections are easily made. And I think this applies to the online city, the web. We have Facebook and Twitter, huge districts of planned homogeneity locking in and blocking off certain paths.

Constructing environments that allows for those connections to be made dovetails so nicely into some of the stuff I’m interested in with regards to connections on the web. It would be better to have smaller communities of intermingled activities. The IndieWeb, the fediverse, the weird web, allowing unfettered connections between diverse entities. Perhaps we could do better at joining them up, but at least they’re there to be joined.

Quoted A Thousand Plateaus by Deleuze & Guatarri

This is how it should be done. Lodge yourself on a stratum, experiment with the opportunities it offers find an advantageous place on it, find potential movements of deterritorialization, possible lines of flight, experience them, produce flow conjunctions here and there, try out continua of intensities segment by segment, have a small plot of new land at all times.

Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

Still reading through and very much enjoying 84K. One of best books I’ve read for a while, so far. It’s a really unconventional writing style, and it’s great. Very poetic. A refreshing change to that kind of generic stilted cyberpunk patter you get in a lot of near-future fiction.

It’s a pretty sad book though. It’s somewhere between Kafka, Brazil and 1984. The way it captures some of the potential awfulness of a fully corporatised society, I find it much more depressing than a lot of the cyberpunk dystopias. Cultural hegemony is much more terrifying than a cabal of bad guys.