Tag Archives: Gustave Le Bon

Deleuze in Southend-on-Sea

Deleuze in Southend-on-Sea Tony D Sampson Text based on a talk given at the first Club Critical Theory night at the Railway Hotel in Southend, Essex, UK on April 17th 2014. Corrections may still be needed. Applying Deleuze to Southend … Continue reading

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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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Talks on Virality (part two)

(Goldsmiths 22nd Oct) Durkheim and Tarde provided two distinct and competing theories of the social… On one hand, there is Durkheim’s Collective Consciousness… Wherein anomalies are regarded as a “necessary evil,” since their common rejection helps to regulate the collective … 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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2 of 4 What Makes a Video Viral go Viral?

Trojan Virality The idea of idiocy is nothing new to contagion theory. In Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd, for example, the social collectives through which contagion spread were considered to be stupider than the individual minds that compose them. To … 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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