FSR: 3 media developments videodrome predicted

Film School Rejects reconsiders David Cronenberg's Videodrome (previously) in light of recent developments in mass media. The three changes they credit Videodrome with predicting are: Viral Videos Either way, it’s not only the “video” of “Videodrome” itself that spreads like a virus; the individual’s psyche is also affected. And this points to the more nuanced … Continue reading FSR: 3 media developments videodrome predicted

Terrence McKenna: Riding range with Marshall McLuhan

Just came across this audio of philosopher and mushroom-enthusiast Terrence McKenna discussing McLuhan. Not sure where or when the recording comes from, it sounds like a small seminar, Esalen-esque.  It's a fascinating listen if you're in to that sort of thing...McKenna references McLuhan's work as a Joyce scholar and reads from Understanding Media. Runtime: approx. … Continue reading Terrence McKenna: Riding range with Marshall McLuhan

In Medias Res: Chomsky Occupied, lolcats invade aca-meme-ia, the intention economy and more…

Microsoft is opening a research lab in New York City staffed by A-list sociologists, computational scientists, and network theorists among others. The NYC lab recruits bring in mathematical and computation tools that could work magic with existing social media research already underway at Microsoft Research, led by folks like Gen-fluxer danah boyd. "I would say … Continue reading In Medias Res: Chomsky Occupied, lolcats invade aca-meme-ia, the intention economy and more…

In medias res: end-of-the-semester reading list

Due to end-of-the-semester activities posting has been slow the last couple of weeks. But my exams are finished and I've submitted grades so here's a celebratory news roundup: Wired reported on Sergey Brin of Google: China, SOPA, Facebook Threaten the ‘Open Web’ In an interview published Sunday, Google’s co-founder cited a wide range of attacks … Continue reading In medias res: end-of-the-semester reading list