Artifacts of ambiance—throw pillows, a cooler of cucumber-infused water, and coffee table books about design, or maybe surfing—are everywhere. A Classixx remix of a RÜFÜS track is playing. The Rakim lyric, “Thinkin’ of a master plan / ‘cuz ain’t nuthin’ but sweat inside my hand” is painted on the white brick wall. Members—WeWork’s name for its customers—all of whom seem vaguely 30-ish, float between the kitchen and the shared cafeteria tables with mugs of coffee. As the day wanes, those mugs give way to glasses of beer. Few people here work together, or even pay attention to each other, but that’s fine. The place still functions as a commune of young urban professionalism—one valued, as of last week, at $16 billion.
Epistemological anarchism is an epistemological theory advanced by Austrian philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend which holds that there are no useful and exception-free methodological rules governing the progress of science or the growth of knowledge. It holds that the idea of the operation of science by fixed, universal rules is unrealistic, pernicious, and detrimental to science itself.
When technology knows / Right where everything goes / That’s logistics.
Containerization migrated the packet switching from telecommunications onto the transit of physical objects (or perhaps the other way around). It traded the standardized, linear traffic program of the grounded asphalt grid for another, now smoothed into liquid shipping lanes, pacing big packets of objects back and forth across the avenues of oceans.
an essential logic of platforms is a reconvergence of architectural, computational, and political connotations of “program" back into one: the design logic of platforms is the generative program that is equally all three types at once.
Perhaps the most striking feature of chaos magic is the concept of the magical paradigm shift. Borrowing the term 'paradigm shift' from philosopher Thomas Samuel Kuhn, Carroll made the technique of arbitrarily changing one's beliefs and magical paradigm a major concept of chaos magic. An example of a magical paradigm shift is doing a Lovecraftian rite, followed by using a technique from an Edred Thorsson book in the following ritual. These two magical paradigms are very different, but while the individual is using one, he or she believes in it fully to the extent of ignoring all other (often contradictory) ones. Such ideas are influenced by Tantric practices of breaking down all social conditioning to realize the nature of reality.
Why are Gen-X goths? Why are they goths rather than hippies, beatniks? Why do they like to dress up like dead people? That’s their temperament.
When you’re a young goth, you dress up like a dead person because that’s something grownups do. Dying.
But if you’re an adult Gen-Xer and you’re dressed up as a goth, it’s like “Don’t blame me — because I’m already dead! I’m not morally responsible, I’m not a political actor, it’s not my fault, look, I’m a vampire. Don’t blame me! I voted for blood.” Or, whatever. It’s gothic.
I know Post-Internet art when I see art made for its own installation shots, or installation shots presented as art. Post-Internet art is about creating objects that look good online: photographed under bright lights in the gallery's purifying white cube (a double for the white field of the browser window that supports the documentation), filtered for high contrast and colors that pop.
Dean: “whatever being points to new modes of community and new forms of personality anticipated by the dissolution of inscriptions of identity through citizenship, ethnicity, and other modern markers of belonging.”
To give oneself as a thing that feels and to take a thing that feels is the new experience that asserts itself today on contemporary feeling, a radical and extreme experience that has its cornerstone in the encounter between philosophy and sexuality . . . It would seem that things and the senses are no longer in conflict with one another but have struck an alliance thanks to which the most detached abstraction and the most unrestrained excitement are almost inseparable and are often indistinguishable.
“One could even argue that one of the main activities of cognitive capitalism is the production of different kinds of publics, of which the stock market public is not the least.” (145)
In rhetoric, kairos is "a passing instant when an opening appears which must be driven through with force if success is to be achieved."