Hacking Society? An Attempt to Decode the Contemporary Digital Counterculture
This is part of a blog post on the exposé for my doctoral dissertation, which I am currently working on (both the exposé and the blog post); just putting it out there to see what happens:
This exposé aims to explore the question: how do “virtual worlds” appear to serve as tools to hack society and as vectors to communicate technological “utopia”; and why is this problematic? It presents an analysis of the problem statement, the research design for a doctoral dissertation, and the planned outline for the aforementioned. The theoretical framework for the analysis combines science, technology, and society studies; the sociology of culture; communication, media, and especially internet sociology; the sociology of deviance; and the sociology of social movements. Competing definitions of the terms used are explored; and an archaeology of the digital contemporary counterculture is provided. The problematic aspect of hacking society is presented as the possible result of interaction with technology on different societal levels, from which emerge various competing, future-oriented scenarios. The framing of these scenarios blends fiction and reality, which may foster the emergence of countercultural movements that challenge established societal structures. Actions of individuals and groups may fuel these scenarios. As a result, the level of analysis is set in an interdependent micro-meso-macro framework, with an additional meta layer to introduce the fictional elements. Four prevalent, countercultural scenarios are introduced as examples for various modes of deviance and cultism related to technological advancement. Social actions and structures within them are identified and an interpretative (hermeneutical) analysis of key concepts within them is designed. The question how the countercultural values of such social movements affect technological innovations, which then go on to affect culture, which may provoke countercultural movements, is addressed. For each of these scenarios, a possible method of resolution is introduced.
Keywords: social change, social movement, deviance, cyberculture, counterculture, subculture, STS, utopia, futurology, micro-meso-macro framework, hermeneutics, technological innovation, cyborg anthropology,
Via @lolmythesis: Villains are just ugly people with power.
Villains are just ugly people with power.
Literature, UNC Asheville
Psychosocial Identity Theory in Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights.
This blog was started in December 2013 by Angie, a senior at Harvard College studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology.
Initially intended as a means of procrastination from my own thesis, this blog has documented some of the stress, hilarity, and chaos associated with undergraduate (and some post-graduate) theses. Enjoy!
Kristian Schuller: 90 days one dream.
die theresienwiese ist nicht die achse der welt - auch wenn der ein oder andere in den vergangenen wochen fest daran geglaubt hat, die drehung der welt intensivst vernommen hat und die apokalyptischen marien- und biererscheinungen in den reihen unzähliger mitpilger aus aller welt vernahm. die bierzeltgasse ist nicht der äquator, die bavaria keine anzubetenden gottheit und die seichten anhöhen an den flanken der bavaria sind kein unüberwindbarer gebirgskamm, selbst wenn es sich in bierseeliger umnachtung so angefühlt haben mag.
im zuge dessen, dem irrglauben erlegen, dass sich das zentrum unserer erdenzivilisation zwischen paulskirche, poccistrasse und verkehrsmuseum befindent, würden folgende menschen gerne ihren wohnsitz in die nähe dieses epizentrums der völkerverständigung verlegen. andere werden durch die gentrifugalkräfte des münchner teufelsrades aus dem zentrum des rotierenden wohnzirkuses geschleudert und fallen über den rand der erdscheibe hinab - in der der hoffnung in einem see aus starkbier oder einer wolke aus zuckerwatte zu landen.
Which painter painted which painting - art history for dummies
Welches Bild stammt von welchem Maler – Kunstgeschichte leicht gemacht
Wir alle müssten viel mehr über das Werk der alten Meister wissen. Es geht dabei nicht nur um Malerei sondern auch um Geschichte und Gesellschaft (im Wandel). Aber weder wir noch Ihr sind in der Lage, einen Cézanne von einem Littbarski zu unterscheiden. Zum Glück hat uns Kunsthistoriker und redditor DontTacoBoutIt eine kleine Übersicht zusammengestellt, anhand derer wir ganz grob mitreden können. Das ist doch schon mal ein Anfang.
If the images have a dark background and everyone has tortured expressions on their faces, it’s Titian.
Ten Reasons Why I Hate Cleaning My Apartment
- The time it takes. Even though I only have to take care of 45m², I am still busy for two hours if I really, really, REALLY make an effort.
The time it takes to gather enough motivation to do it. Add another two hours to those mentioned above, plus at least one day in advance of mentally preparing for the cleaning session.
- It is a sisyphean undertaking. You have to do it all over again in a couple of weeks.
- You don’t get better at it. Okay, I got more efficient during those years I have been living by myself. But I don’t feel like I ever really leveled up. My technique still sucks.
- You always forget something. No matter how thoroughly you clean, you’ll always find a spot that you missed, when you are proudly walking through your apartment once you’re done.
- It never looks the way it does after Mom cleaned. This must be something mothers develop during pregnancy. The cleaning trigger. Everything looks brand new when she is done. It looks OK when I am done.
- The obsessive cleaning behavior. Every time I clean my apartment from A to Z, I end up doing something extra that is completely superfluous, like reeling up and strapping the cables of small gadgets that rest and rot in a box.
- The smell. The whole apartment, including myself, smells like a wild potpourri of cleaning agents.
- The awkward behavior afterwards. For the first few days after a cleaning session, you take extra good care of not messing anything up, because it’s all so clean and you want to keep it that way.
- You scold visitors. When all is shiny, your visitors need to appreciate and respect that. Take off your shoes! Don’t put your glass there! Use a napkin! Do you really have to use the toilet?
- The good intentions. Alright, next time, I’ll clean up immediately after cooking. I’ll do a quick cleaning session every weekend. I’ll wipe the tiles after the shower, so the limescale can’t settle.
EXTRA: there is a column in the German Süddeutsche Zeitung, which is called “gefühlte Wahrheit”; literally “the perceived truth” (example). Mine is:
The reason why single people live in small apartments:
- 2% Less room = less furniture = more cozy
- 8% Less room = less heating = less heating costs
- 90% Less room = less dirt = less cleaning
Every once in a while — often when we least expect it — we encounter someone more courageous, someone who choose to strive for that which (to us) seemed unrealistically unattainable, even elusive. And we marvel. We swoon. We gape. Often , we are in awe. I think we look at these people as lucky, when in fact, luck has nothing to do with it. It is really about the strength of their imagination; it is about how they constructed the possibilities for their Life. In short, unlike me, they didn’t determine what was impossible before it was even possible.
What is creativity? An omnibus of favorite definitions and explanations by celebrated thinkers, including Ray Bradbury, Charles Eames, Maya Angelou, Malcolm Gladwell, Albert Einstein, David Byrne, Marcel Duchamp, Chuck Close, Maurice Sendak, and Austin Kleon, who created the above artwork.