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culture

Data Exploitation: Information-Shaping and A.I.

Successful perception-manipulation through information-mediated reinforcement requires an intuitive comprehension and insight into a cultural, historical “moment”…

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politics

Simplicity

The attainment of political power is the sole end of pure political gamesmanship and the possession of appropriate aptitude or competency perhaps long ago became a secondary consideration…

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Philosophy

Discontinuous

There exists a vast discontinuity and rupture running through the middle of this world…

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culture

Memes: Encoding Complexity

A meme is, more or less, simply a unit of information – a quantum of cultural communication.  This is information stored, compressed, perhaps encoded or encrypted in some way.  This information is encoded in such a manner that it can be unpacked or decrypted in useful ways.  This generation of meaning clearly already exists within […]

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belief media technology

A Post-Truth Information Economy

At the heart of the cranks and gears which churn behind the pseudo-fact engines of collective post-truth confusion is a grand democratisation of self-expression (and self-promotion) which has itself been facilitated by the progressive ramping-up of the importance and influence of the internet and social media…

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communication systems

Information: Mass & Self-Gravitation

Information storage is delayed communication. The capability to reliably record information creates a repository into which the simultaneously recursive and reflexive functions of language and communication can refer. Language is an incomplete logical system of self-reference…

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communication Philosophy

Communication: The Problem

The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein identified some interesting problems of language. Language is a logical system through which we communicate. Language is also that through which we very often fail to understand what is being conveyed to us, that is – it is that through which we fail to communicate clearly…

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culture technology

Information Tsunami: Too Much Information

This is no great revelation: we are positively drowning in information. Awash in billions of words and sounds, squawks and squeaks, bits and bytes of marketing, ideas, symbols and ideology: we can all hear the information pandemonium in which we are embedded but we are switched (or switching) off to it. We can all hear […]

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culture

The Perils of Paywalls

One of the most annoying things I have come across online is the tendency for some scientific and academic journals to percolate their content through paywalls. When this is done with journalistic news content, it is usually not difficult to find equivalent content freely available elsewhere. When this is done with academic reference or technical […]