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Friday, June 9

  1. page Questions about resonance edited This is a page to explore questions about resonance. This can be as broad as your imagination - so …
    This is a page to explore questions about resonance. This can be as broad as your imagination - so see what you can come up with.
    If you can, please add like a blog - i.e. add to the top, and write the date and your name / initials (I will use RW, JM = Jenny Mackness, MM = Matthias Melcher, RD = Richard Devon), so ...
    30/5/17 (RW)
    30/5/17 (RW) The Myths of Greece and (Christian) Rome, and the Ultimate Resonator
    The post-modernists had great fun deconstructing (and undressing) the ultimate signifiers - and teleologies - of language, politics, religion, etc. But the question was seldom, if ever, asked of how we ended up with an ultimate signifier, or ultimate resonator (the 'one ring to rule them all, and in the darkness bind them') in the first place.
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    all the metaphysical state capture
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    The victorious GodGod/s looked after
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    'us' and was somehow always managed to be on 'our'
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    be the fly in the ointmentcore of Roman-Christian
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    this myth - that the
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    benevolent, single entity,entity - functions as
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    if our GodsGod/s (and our
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Wednesday, June 7

  1. page Structure, Agency, and Cross-talk edited ... Precisely. Facebook as the (latest) apogee of what Robin Cooke (UK Foreign Secretary who resig…
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    Precisely. Facebook as the (latest) apogee of what Robin Cooke (UK Foreign Secretary who resigned from Blair's cabinet over Iraq) called 'feral capitalism". God help us. Identity politics has just been appropriated and automated by AI.
    It goes without saying that these tools for automated harvesting and intervention are structures (or memes/temes) that close down agency for the subjects of the communication, and open agency up for transforming experience into intellectual capital, and influencing (if not controlling) a wide range of behaviours for the benefit of strangers - and they do it across gross semiotic boundaries.
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    ... depending on: context, intent, aims, affordances ... WIP
    It might be best to explore this in terms of specific examples, of real contexts ...
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Tuesday, June 6

  1. page Ontology (nee glossary) edited This is an (ongoing) ontology / glossary for the project on resonances of knowledges. Affordances…
    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 ...
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    are the productproducts of interactions
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    communities and within broader discourses. AffordancesExploring and exercising affordances have consequences,
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    of the emergentemerging morphs of
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    by algorithm. e-rocracye-Rocracy incorporates what
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    business model.
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    It may stray into the realms of click-bait and trolling, and even fake-news.
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    of use' which,which can create
    Knowledge is the capacity for effective action.
    It may be stored, accumulated and shared in texts, &/or events, &/or in embodied knowledge.
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    Meta-semiotics is ...
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    and signifieds (perceptual(perceptual/conceptual 'cut outs').
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    shared in texts: the traces that these relationshipsthe use of signs leave in memory, dreams, texts,documents, artefacts, embodiment, the
    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 ...
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  2. page Ontology (nee glossary) edited ... Knowledge is the capacity for effective action. It may be stored, accumulated and shared in …
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    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 'cut outs').
    They may be stored and shared in traces that these relationships leave in memory, dreams, texts, embodiment, the unconscious, and the physical environment.
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    of itself".
    Temes are ...

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  3. page Structure, Agency, and Cross-talk edited ... 1. Structure and Agency Resonance is a matter of convergence between different waves, patter…
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    1. Structure and Agency
    Resonance is a matter of convergence between different waves, patterns, energy, thoughts, practices, etc. When this is captured in texts, it builds knowledge, or "the capacity for (more) effective action". This convergence results in a mutual strengthening of the different components/events, and/or actors. This in turn is based on the extent to which the components (e.g. sounds from different instruments, or parts of an instrument) share 'structures' - whether these are sound or light waves, or patterns, thoughts, or practices. The more convergence, the more coherence, and the simpler (and metaphorically, the more simplistic) the resonance - or, alternatively, in dissonance, it results in tensions, paradoxes and ambiguity.
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    affordances for engagingthe self to engage with the
    [Aside: ... There is also a distorted kind of political meta-'resonance', loyalty ... see the FBI Director, Comey's, distinction between loyalty and honesty. In January 2017 Trump asked him for loyalty, and Comey said he could offer the President only honesty [loyalty, in the FBI, should be solely to the Constitution]. Comey was duly fired before the end of May 2017. But perhaps what Trump understood by loyalty was even further from Comey's set of values, i.e. for Trump 'loyalty' actually meant collusion: the type of joint enterprise where authority determines truth/iness, and where, conversely, truth has no authority. Loyalty more commonly means a broader set of values than collusion, or personal/tribalist 'loyalty', like the Mafia, and other secretive corporate practices. McLuhan presciently said that the global village we were already headed for, many decades ago, would be tribal and fractured. Perhaps we need to keep in mind that 'tribal' easily elides into 'tribalist', which could be the new virus/meme to watch out for - far wider than just in 'Africa'].
    2. Algorithmic Identity (WIP ... )
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  4. page Structure, Agency, and Cross-talk edited ... "The way our self-expression gets ranked in likes and shares in social media would seem t…
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    "The way our self-expression gets ranked in likes and shares in social media would seem to subordinate identity to competition over metricized attention, dividing peers into winners and losers. And the creation of identity in the form of a data archive would seem to fashion not a grounded self but an always incomplete and inadequate double — a 'self partially forced from the body.' (a quote from R.D. Laing's Divided Self ). The neoliberal demand that we convert our lives into capital and grow it systematically seizes on the ideal of self-expression and strips it of its dignity and allure".
    Precisely. Facebook as the (latest) apogee of what Robin Cooke (UK Foreign Secretary who resigned from Blair's cabinet over Iraq) called 'feral capitalism". God help us. Identity politics has just been appropriated and automated by AI.
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    up for capitalizing on,transforming experience into intellectual capital, and influencing
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    range of behaviours,behaviours for the benefit of strangers - and they
    ... depending on: context, intent, aims, affordances ... WIP
    It might be best to explore this in terms of specific examples, of real contexts ...
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  5. page Structure, Agency, and Cross-talk edited ... "The way our self-expression gets ranked in likes and shares in social media would seem t…
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    "The way our self-expression gets ranked in likes and shares in social media would seem to subordinate identity to competition over metricized attention, dividing peers into winners and losers. And the creation of identity in the form of a data archive would seem to fashion not a grounded self but an always incomplete and inadequate double — a 'self partially forced from the body.' (a quote from R.D. Laing's Divided Self ). The neoliberal demand that we convert our lives into capital and grow it systematically seizes on the ideal of self-expression and strips it of its dignity and allure".
    Precisely. Facebook as the (latest) apogee of what Robin Cooke (UK Foreign Secretary who resigned from Blair's cabinet over Iraq) called 'feral capitalism". God help us. Identity politics has just been appropriated and automated by AI.
    It goes without saying that these tools for automated harvesting and intervention are structures (or memes/temes) that close down agency for the subjects of the communication, and open agency up for capitalizing on, and influencing (if not controlling) a wide range of behaviours, and they do it across gross semiotic boundaries.
    ... depending on: context, intent, aims, affordances ... WIP
    It might be best to explore this in terms of specific examples, of real contexts ...
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  6. page Structure, Agency, and Cross-talk edited ... The 'threat' is not the machines, or AI, but rather the people promoting AI (and 'big' data / …
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    The 'threat' is not the machines, or AI, but rather the people promoting AI (and 'big' data / 'big' alpha males) as the solution to human evolution, a solution leading to a "robot society which might keep us humans as pets [in which] the subjective recognition, done by diverse resonating individuals, is replaced by algorithms whose supervision is thought to be optimized by rationality (or by a dictator) to find the one true solution" (from Matthias, by email).
    This is just warmed over 'social engineering' [with algorithm-sauce added] from the 1970's, but it smells of 1984, and, ironically for a machine, pseudo-religious teleology. So we are all trapped, and complicit, in the bureaucracies (and worse, now, e-rocracies) of the 'social contract' that we (willingly?) vote for, again and again, and delegate blindly to our democratically elected 'leaders' until they call the next election. This is what we have to resolve.
    2.2 Identity as a commodity for 'harvesting' politics has been automated
    Rob Horning (May 17, 2017) analyses the problem quite succinctly. It has long been the case that the governors of the world conjure up hypothetical avatars of 'social actors', design social policy for them, and then try to realise corresponding behavioural change in real people without the wheels falling off (as this would invite dissent or insurrection against the governors). Large amounts of largess and money are spent on (unelected) 'special advisors' to make social policy 'work' in this way. And in the UK this increasingly takes place behind the closed doors of No. 10, with few or no members of the UK 'House' being invited (thanks to Tony Blair's sofa-government meme). At least in the US, Trump has to talk to Capitol Hill, as he is finding out in his own bumpy 'apprenticeship'.
    The 'avatars' of social policy are constructed using a range of information gathering tools, from (sp)eyes on the ground to numerous forms of data collection and harvesting. Statistics and surveys were once used for 'sampling at a distance' of large, amorphous samples, which were used to create broad, generalised interventions. Big data on the other hand claims to provide real time, 24/7, interactive engagement - up close and intimate - both in the data harvested, and in the micro-targeted interventions. It's 'in your face/book', in more ways than one. It is a campaign manager's dream - whether it is a commercial or political campaign.
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    This is not true of e-rocracy; it's substance (data correlations and interpretations) are not made by human action, nor can they be openly used to exercise agency and create knowledge and identity. That is now done by a black box, which produces statistical and algorithmic sense, but not necessarily any meaning. On the contrary, it may well produce irritants, false accusations, lies, etc; or, as the computer might say, "false positives", which sounds alarmingly like Trump's "fake news" or Theresa May's "fake claims" (from opposition parties, of course). (See Horning's examples of false listings on a terrorist list, or quarantine programme, above).
    These 'false positives' are created "because what gets calculated by algorithmic systems to be race, gender, age, or political affiliation is a selection of data markers that may have no connection to the social indicators used to determine those categories — it may neglect even how individuals self-identify. ... If all the content on Facebook is tailored to suit the company’s construction of who we are, then consuming it is like consuming a [synthetic, algorithmically-modified], 'coherent' version of ourselves. It also reinforces the idea that the best place to glimpse your stable social identity is on Facebook. Engagement with social media then signals our assent to this algorithmic figuring of the self, an identity we step into when we access platforms that feels as if it has always already been inside us somehow".
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    Divided Self ) "The). The neoliberal demand
    Precisely. Facebook as the (latest) apogee of what Robin Cooke (UK Foreign Secretary who resigned from Blair's cabinet over Iraq) called 'feral capitalism". God help us. Identity politics has just been appropriated and automated by AI.
    ... depending on: context, intent, aims, affordances ... WIP
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Monday, June 5

  1. page Structure, Agency, and Cross-talk edited ... These 'false positives' are created "because what gets calculated by algorithmic systems …
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    These 'false positives' are created "because what gets calculated by algorithmic systems to be race, gender, age, or political affiliation is a selection of data markers that may have no connection to the social indicators used to determine those categories — it may neglect even how individuals self-identify. ... If all the content on Facebook is tailored to suit the company’s construction of who we are, then consuming it is like consuming a [synthetic, algorithmically-modified], 'coherent' version of ourselves. It also reinforces the idea that the best place to glimpse your stable social identity is on Facebook. Engagement with social media then signals our assent to this algorithmic figuring of the self, an identity we step into when we access platforms that feels as if it has always already been inside us somehow".
    "The way our self-expression gets ranked in likes and shares in social media would seem to subordinate identity to competition over metricized attention, dividing peers into winners and losers. And the creation of identity in the form of a data archive would seem to fashion not a grounded self but an always incomplete and inadequate double — a 'self partially forced from the body.' ( quote from R.D. Laing's Divided Self ) "The neoliberal demand that we convert our lives into capital and grow it systematically seizes on the ideal of self-expression and strips it of its dignity and allure".
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    help us. Identity politics has just been appropriated and automated by AI.
    ... depending on: context, intent, aims, affordances ... WIP
    It might be best to explore this in terms of specific examples, of real contexts ...
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  2. page Structure, Agency, and Cross-talk edited ... 1. Structure and Agency Resonance is a matter of convergence between different waves, patter…
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    1. Structure and Agency
    Resonance is a matter of convergence between different waves, patterns, energy, thoughts, practices, etc. When this is captured in texts, it builds knowledge, or "the capacity for (more) effective action". This convergence results in a mutual strengthening of the different components/events, and/or actors. This in turn is based on the extent to which the components (e.g. sounds from different instruments, or parts of an instrument) share 'structures' - whether these are sound or light waves, or patterns, thoughts, or practices. The more convergence, the more coherence, and the simpler (and metaphorically, the more simplistic) the resonance - or, alternatively, in dissonance, it results in tensions, paradoxes and ambiguity.
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    [Aside: ... There is also a distorted kind of political meta-'resonance', loyalty ... see the FBI Director, Comey's, distinction between loyalty and honesty. In January 2017 Trump asked him for loyalty, and Comey said he could offer the President only honesty [loyalty, in the FBI, should be solely to the Constitution]. Comey was duly fired before the end of May 2017. But perhaps what Trump understood by loyalty was even further from Comey's set of values, i.e. for Trump 'loyalty' actually meant collusion: the type of joint enterprise where authority determines truth/iness, and where, conversely, truth has no authority. Loyalty more commonly means a broader set of values than collusion, or personal/tribalist 'loyalty', like the Mafia, and other secretive corporate practices. McLuhan presciently said that the global village we were already headed for, many decades ago, would be tribal and fractured. Perhaps we need to keep in mind that 'tribal' easily elides into 'tribalist', which could be the new virus/meme to watch out for - far wider than just in 'Africa'].
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    This questions that e-rocracy raise are about the factual, political, and regulatory limits of AI (and, by the way, whether Trump is just an unflattering beta-version AI bot, created by silicon valley). The missing link in 'AI' is the lack of subjectivity, inter-subjectivity (and self-awareness), which it shares with old fashioned computerised bureaucracy.
    (Cross posted, and edited, from 13/5/17, here )
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    The question “what do you think?” cannot be asked of a computer, because the computer has no “I” to exchange. And simulating a ‘voice’ for a computer that would say “I” is a non-sequitur, which is perhaps why the David Walliams comedy sketch about bureaucracy always has the computer saying “computer says no”, rather than “I say no”. Which points to the crux of the problem, and of the absurd humour in Walliams's sketch, which is that if the computer ever did say “I said no” you really, really, couldn’t ask “And who the .... do you think you are?”
    Of course this is nothing new. This is precisely the point of bureaucracy - whether computerised or not. Namely, to create a totally abstract set of rules and procedures, abstracted to such an extent that you cant ask ‘why’, because bureaucracy is precisely context- and subject- stripped; it has no “I”. It is constructed in such a way as to be immune from questioning, because it is an embodiment of a kind an amorphous 'common sense', which has no individual subject. That is precisely the value and the frustration of bureaucracy: the 'subject' of bureaucracy, if it has one at all, is supposed to be the public / good - which already includes you, and it makes no sense to question yourself, does it? That would merely be an infinite recursion.
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    e-Rocracy is yet another layer of semiotic alienation, over and above the potential alienation of meta-semiotics. Meta-semiotics [add link ... ] includes all the systems and structures (memes and temes, if you like [add links]) that are context- and subject- stripped: from counting systems to mathematics, money, financial markets and futures markets, bureaucracy, representative democracy and referenda, and even the digital internet itself (although the internet has other attributes too).
    The important thing about meta-semiotics is that it intersects with mundane human activity; even though its algorithms might be complicated, they are in principle reasonably transparent, which means that instances of meta-semiotic use, like money, include both the rather abstract meta-semiotics of exchange value, and the plain old semiotics of use value. And the two values are always 'equivalent' (even though dynamic and changing), and can be used as affordances [add link to article] for action by anyone, who can appropriate them for building their capability for effective action, their knowledge, and their identities.
    This is not true of e-rocracy; it's substance (data correlations and interpretations) are not made by human action, nor can they be openly used to exercise agency and create knowledge and identity. That is now done by a black box, which produces statistical and algorithmic sense, but not necessarily any meaning. On the contrary, it may well produce irritants, false accusations, lies, etc; or, as the computer might say, "false positives", which sounds alarmingly like Trump's "fake news" or Theresa May's "fake claims" (from opposition parties, of course). (See Horning's examples of false listings on a terrorist list, or quarantine programme, above).
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    Precisely. Facebook as the (latest) apogee
    of Myself: Algorithmic identity is a means of control and consolation Rob Horning May 17, 2017]what Robin Cooke (UK Foreign Secretary who resigned from Blair's cabinet over Iraq) called 'feral capitalism". God help us.
    ... depending on: context, intent, aims, affordances ... WIP
    It might be best to explore this in terms of specific examples, of real contexts ...
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