Neal Thomas
For millions of people around the world, social media systems now represent a central, material-semiotic mode of relation. At the level of algorithmic technique, their vision of the social is primarily achieved through the capture of, and... more
For millions of people around the world, social media systems now represent a central, material-semiotic mode of relation. At the level of algorithmic technique, their vision of the social is primarily achieved through the capture of, and interactive feedback upon choice and decision, made between information-objects as they are retrieved and circulated in communication. Choosing to befriend someone and not someone else, to linger over one product instead of another, or to select some search result over those above or below it, are all moments that differentiate a collective significance on these platforms. How might new materialist thinking intervene? The paper wonders whether current technical schemas for social media, which understand choice as an epistemic relation, might be fruitfully reconceived in terms of a prior ontological relation. Borrowing conceptual vocabulary from the philosopher Gilbert Simondon, the paper asks: how might we understand information as a differential effect of the distributed potential for becoming?
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Ziarek’s contribution is a careful synthesis of Heidegger’s output during this time, one that follows certain key lines of his thought around language and signification to develop their insights and consequences for a contemporary audience.
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This paper begins from the premise that social computing now operates as a kind of globally distributed, technological a priori for the expression of understanding; what the philosopher Immanuel Kant more generally named “judgment”.... more
This paper begins from the premise that social computing now operates as a kind of globally distributed, technological a priori for the expression of understanding; what the philosopher Immanuel Kant more generally named “judgment”. Following a quick survey of areas online where the technical mediation of expressive judgment occurs, the paper locates historical bedrock for assertoric force in the late 19th-century analytic philosopher Gottlob Frege’s views on judgment. The paper gestures to some of the theoretical achievements built off of Frege’s work, highlighting various appeals to reference, rules, norms, intersubjective commitments, and speech acts that have been brought forward and disputed in the modern era. These are discussed in light of their influence upon informatics. Finally, the concluding sections of the paper turn to the philosophers Martin Heidegger and Gilles Deleuze, so that two more radical readings of the assertion can be presented as a contrast to the aforementioned account.
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Abstract. The paper describes a prototype model of ITV, presuming an all-digital dissemination environment; television viewed on-demand over high-speed networks as digital files, with text and hyperlink annotation to be tagged onto any... more
Abstract. The paper describes a prototype model of ITV, presuming an all-digital dissemination environment; television viewed on-demand over high-speed networks as digital files, with text and hyperlink annotation to be tagged onto any television show in an user/editor-controlled context. Keywords: Group-based content annotation, education, digital communities of common interest.
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