Adriana Knouf's blog
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bq. The field of engineering, the apparent epitome of cool rationality, is shot through with passion and excitement. An intricately shaped erotic expression finds its most creative outlet in the design of technology. The contemporary images of eroticism and of machines and systems reflect the imagination of the designer. How could it be otherwise in any human venture? (188)
Some "intriguing theses on democracy from Jodi Dean":http://jdeanicite.typepad.com/i_cite/2009/11/if-democracy-is-to-come.html --even if she doesn't call them theses, I read them that way. For example,
bq. Fourth, the production of democratic subjects is a challenge; if it has been done before, it has only been achieved temporarily. The production is neither certain, secure, nor robust. There are lots of glitches and faux democrats out there _on the market_.
I don't have a long time to write at the moment, but I wanted to post a bit about some of the blog entries I've made at the "HASTAC":http://www.hastac.org website, as I'm "officially" a "HASTAC scholar":http://www.hastac.org/node/1464 for the next year. Read these posts to get an idea of what I'm thinking about these days :-)
"Shell Oil and the Privatization of the University":http://www.hastac.org/node/1739
"Pouissance in Malaysia":http://www.hastac.org/node/1606
Just got back last week from a great vacation in Singapore and Malaysia, the police-state nature of Singapore notwithstanding (more on that in a later post). ISEA was most definitely a mixed bag, with most of the bag holding bad, with a few good here and there. Look for a review of the conference in the next month or so.