Feeding the Social Media Slot Machine

I have asked many friends to explain to me the charms of social media. I use these ser­vices, but I’ve nev­er quite under­stood their appeal. Is it all idle gos­sip? A way to keep in touch? A harm­less dis­trac­tion, like Buz­zFeed, or Weird Al?

Social Media and Bullshit

To under­stand the role of social media in soci­ety, we have to under­stand how social media are under­stood. We need to ana­lyze how dif­fer­ent actors and orga­ni­za­tions see and think about tech­nol­o­gy, the forms of knowl­edge that peo­ple draw on as they make sense of, devel­op, and use social media. Cen­tral among these is bull­shit.

Opening a Worl in the World Wide Web: The Aesthetics and Poetics of Deletionism

While era­sure was once a rare tech­nique, often used tac­it­ly by writ­ers who expect­ed read­ers to rec­og­nize their inter­tex­tu­al ref­er­ences or to hear in the text’s lan­guage an appro­pri­at­ed voice, it has now become so com­mon as to prompt schol­ar and poet Craig Dworkin to say “I hope I nev­er see anoth­er.” Our answer, of course, is to auto­mat­i­cal­ly pro­duce a tremen­dous num­ber of era­sure poems, cor­re­spond­ing to every page on the World Wide Web, in the inter­est of open­ing up a worl in this tan­gled net­work.

Mysterious insect moves in perfect sync

At first I couldn’t put a fin­ger on why this six-legged dance looked so odd- until I real­ized that when one moves, so do the oth­ers, and when one paus­es, so do the oth­ers- but all in dif­fer­ent direc­tions. It’s a cohe­sive, start-and-stop move­ment that I haven’t seen before in any ani­mal.