The news, ‘post-truth’

This month, as Oxford Dictionaries reportedly named ‘post-truth’ as their Word of the Year, an article in the Washington Post, describes LibertyWritersNews, ” a website that gained 300,000 Facebook followers in October alone” whose owners say “they are making so much money that they feel uncomfortable talking about it.” They can earn up to $14…

Don’t look now but…

In 2012 the CIA produced a classified document, called Schengen Overview, which looks at travel controls within the Schengen area and discusses how these might affect ‘operational travelers’. Its objective is “to help US intelligence personnel protect their identities and operational activities while abroad.” Having mentioned this document at a seminar this morning, I’ve put…

Augmented reality: Cedric Price’s Generator

I recently posted about augmented reality: arguing that it is not just surveillance and data displays, but reality that responds and adapts to you. Shortly afterwards I found a reference in ‘White Heat Cold Logic‘ (Chapter 4) to Cedric Price‘s Generator project. There’s very little about this on the internet. Even the Wikipedia entry on…

Polls, data and forecasts.

As the Duke of Wellington reportedly said: “All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don’t know by what you do; that’s what I called “guessing what was at the other side of the hill.” Guesses have now been completely wrong in two…

Algorithms, social media, and HRC’s defeat.

In her concession speech, Hillary Clinton indirectly thanked “secret, private” Facebook support groups like Pantsuit Nation. (see for example Endgadget). This was a rather backhanded compliment: she added ‘I want everybody to come out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard’. An article in Vox subsequently explained about Pantsuit Nation: “the group…

Redler’s List

Hannah Redler, speaking at Inter/sections last week, listed what she sees as the 15 most significant works of digital art in the last 20 years. A useful reference. Her list was: 1. 1993: Telematic Vision by Paul Sermon. 2. 1994: Resonance of 4 by Toshio Iwai. 3. 1998: System Maintenance by Perry Hoberman . 4.…

Serious reading

The Maugham Library at Kings College has an exhibition of some of its rare books, including an early edition of Holinshed’s Chronicles, so well known to all students of Shakespeare. But known by name only, in most cases. According to the Catalogue this is Denham’s edition of 1587. We all know Shakespeare used Holinshed, but…