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A Veteran’s Day Thought

We honor the men, and more recently women, who have given their lives in our nation’s wars. In some cases, we can even say, “without hesitation.” We do not only honor the fallen. We honor all those who have risked … Continue reading

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Death Undoes Us

It does.

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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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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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@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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The Court Jester

To a satirist The court jester may speak truth to power, cloaked, of course, in jest. And while there is power in this, the jester, alas, may not hold power. Power is serious, and who can take a jester seriously? … Continue reading

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In General

All generalizations are either false or tautologous. The goal of science is to create new generalizations. The goal of philosophy is to demonstrate that said generalizations are either false or tautologous.  

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No Reason to Stop

Standing on the corner of College Avenue and Dryden Friday night at 1:30ish, watching undergraduates stagger around aimlessly and shout at/to each other, I turned to my friend saying, “I’m gonna call it a night, even though, frankly, there’s really … Continue reading

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Blogging for the Hell of It

Yesterday, in a class on “Blogging” that she was teaching as part of a course my company produced, Erika Napoletano said something to the effect that, “Nobody blogs just for the hell of it.” My first response was: “Actually, I … Continue reading

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Articles of Faith

The amount of money one makes is the clearest indicator of one’s value to society. Success or failure is solely determined by an individual’s intelligence and strength. Suffering results directly from one’s own personal choices. There are no accidents, only … Continue reading

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