Category Archives: Thinking Out Loud

Power, Simply

I believe there is no legitimate power or illegitimate power. There is only power. If you view a particular instance of power as ‘illegitimate,” it’s probably because you are on the other side of it. Even legitimate power—say, the power … Continue reading

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Life Lessons

So, this morning, I was writing in my diary on the subway and I thought, “If I were to die, and someone found this book, what would I want them to know?” There are always more options than you realize … Continue reading

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How the World Works

We all carry around with us an idea of how the world works. This idea isn’t necessarily super detailed, but it does lay down the general guidelines for what we deem possible in the world and what we deem impossible. … Continue reading

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Space is Money

Everyone says, “Time is money.” But isn’t it more true that space is money? I can’t increase the amount of time I have. In fact, I can’t possess time in any real sense because, in a very real sense, time … Continue reading

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Reconstruction of a Talk Given on Walter Benjamin and Twitter (Part 2)

This is the second part of a textual reconstruction of a talk I gave on Benjamin at SUNY Albany. After setting things up in the first part of my presentation on Benjamin and Twitter, and demonstrating how the cyberflâneur was … Continue reading

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Trouble With Length

A friend pointed out that the most effective posts on this blog are the shortest.

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Real Money

I remember listening to a presentation at a business meeting and the speaker talking about the gross revenues of some client or other and our comptroller turning to me and saying, “A billion here, a billion there. Pretty soon you’re … Continue reading

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Reconstruction of a Talk Given on Walter Benjamin and Twitter (Part 1)

This is the first part of a textual reconstruction of the talk I gave on Benjamin at SUNY Albany. 1.The Death of the Cyberflâneur In February 2012 Evgeny Morozov’s published an opinion piece in the New York Times entitled, “The … Continue reading

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@WalterBenjamin: Twitter, Cyberflânerie, and the Aestheticization of Politics

Below is the text of a proposal I submitted to a conference entitled “Critical Speculations: Future Worlds, Perilous Histories, and Walter Benjamin Unbound” which will be held at SUNY Albany September 28-29, 2012 At the very end of his much-cited—and frequently … Continue reading

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Liberal Media Bias or Right-Wing Disinformation Campaign?

Where Does Information Come From? I was following the #Resist44 hashtag on Twitter (which was an anti-Obama response to the #Gen44 hashtag) when I noticed an avatar that read, “WAR ON MARXIST THUGS.” Since I follow at least one other … Continue reading

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