Tag Archives: Deleuze

Talks on Virality (part three)

(Goldsmiths 22nd Oct) …. Continuing on Milgram. Agentic states are generally traced to the disposition of an individual caught up in a natural chain of command rather than a disassociated state.  For Milgram, imitation leads to conformity, but obedience ultimately … Continue reading

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Images from Virality – future project with artists at UEL

As part of a potential joint project between authors and artists at UEL (intended to explore how the concepts in a book like Virality might be morphed into media other than a book, or how the material below might be … Continue reading

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What Makes a Viral go Viral? The strange case of the Essex (Phantom) Lion…

Earlier this year I posted a piece on Virality called What Makes a Video Viral go Viral? It set out one of the ideas forwarded in the book concerning the spreading of phantoms. I borrowed some of this idea from an … Continue reading

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3 of 4 What Makes a Video Viral go Viral?

The Phantom-Event The problem however with Le Bon is that he never really explains how his mechanism of hallucination produces such idiots. Rather than figuring out how these subjects are made, he simply describes what he sees. Here again though, … Continue reading

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Affective Contagion: Social Practices and the Problem of the Uncanny (2 of 5)

Above and Below the Threshold of Consciousness… There are, I think, a number of problems with this notion of a thick line drawn between conscious meaning making and prediscursive forces in the social field. First, it is important to stress that … Continue reading

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The Blurb for Virality the Book

The blurb for Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks A new theory of viral relationality beyond the biological “Impressive and ambitious, Virality offers a new theory of the viral as a sociological event.” – Brian Rotman, Ohio State … Continue reading

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The Contagions of The Spam Book Revisited

For those visitors to Virality who haven’t yet read The Spam Book (Hampton Press, 2009) here is the introductory chapter (co-written with Jussi Parikka) and including the introduction to the first section of the collection: Contagions. ON ANOMALOUS OBJECTS OF DIGITAL … Continue reading

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