Update: Chomsky contra Žižek

Noam Chomsky has responded to Žižek's response: Žižek finds nothing, literally nothing, that is empirically wrong. That’s hardly a surprise. Anyone who claims to find empirical errors, and is minimally serious, will at the very least provide a few particles of evidence – some quotes, references, at least something. But there is nothing here – … Continue reading Update: Chomsky contra Žižek

Žižek contra Chomsky

A minor war of words has emerged between two of my favorite public intellectuals: Noam Chomsky and Slavoj Žižek. Late last month Open Culture posted audio of an interview with Chomsky (apparently from 2012). The interviewer asked for Chomsky's thoughts on Žižek (along with Derrida and Lacan) in light of Chomsky's views on the use … Continue reading Žižek contra Chomsky

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

Media matters: Alone Together @ TED, fear in the attention economy, Chomsky tweets and more

Sherry Turkle expounds on her Alone Together thesis in a recently released TED talk video: Danah Boyd considers the culture of fear and the attention economy (click here for Vimeo link). I recently came across this Salon article by UMD doctoral student Nathan Jurgenson from last year where he argues that Noam Chomsky is wrong … Continue reading Media matters: Alone Together @ TED, fear in the attention economy, Chomsky tweets and more