This is an (ongoing) ontology / glossary for the project on resonances of knowledges.

Affordances, Micro-global structures, discourses, fractured narratives, diaspora, algorithms, malgorithms, alt-mafia, etc ... feel free to add/edit etc ...

Affordances are the products of interactions between the actor and the environment. Each interaction contributes to the way the actor makes sense of the world, and potentially changes both the actor and its micro-environment.

Affordances are realised and maintained within the ongoing development of the actor's identity, within social communities and within broader discourses. Exploring and exercising affordances have consequences, depending on who or what you want to be, and to become.

Discourses are ...

e-rocracy is one of the emerging morphs of bureaucracy, based on rule by algorithm. e-Rocracy incorporates what used to be called 'intelligence profiling' and the freemium business model. It may stray into the realms of click-bait and trolling, and even fake-news.

The freemium business model provides services 'free at the point of use' which can create a community of users, &/or a captive (and closely interrogated) audience for marketing and influencing.

Knowledge is the capacity for effective action.
It may be stored, accumulated and shared in texts, &/or events, &/or in embodied knowledge.

Memes are ...

Meta-semiotics is ...

Micro-global structures are ...

Signs are relationships between specific signifiers (or 'markers') and signifieds (perceptual/conceptual 'cut outs').
They may be stored and shared in texts: the traces that the use of signs leave in memory, dreams, documents, artefacts, embodiment, the unconscious, and the physical environment.

Meaning arises out of the shared use of these complex, interacting, 'difference engines', or as Barthes says: "every use (can) become a sign of itself".


Temes are ...