Michael Austin of Complete Lies has cleaned up the Speculative Realism entry, substantially improving it. I’m a bit irritated not to see my name or Ian Bogost’s under the Object-Oriented Ontology entry, but I suppose it would be unreasonable for me to expect inclusion there before The Democracy of Objects is released. Given the important role that blogging has played in the SR movement, however, I do think more needs to be written for that section. Speculative Heresy has been devoted largely to the Speculative Materialist, Neo-Vitalist, and Eliminative Materialist variants of SR. If SR has truly been the first philosophical movement that’s unfolded on the internet, it is important to reflect the vitality and breadth of this net presence and also avoid hierarchializing works published in journals and presses over research and theoretical elaborations that have been written in other mediums. The day is quickly approaching where the book and article are going to be significantly called into question or undergo a profound transformation in how they are produced and circulated. SR has been at the forefront of these shifts. The entry should also include links to these blogs. SR has been, perhaps, the first philosophical movement to take new media seriously, given the claims that certain variants of SR make on behalf of objects, it is important not to treat one set of objects as being more real than others. One of the most attractive features of the SR movement is the manner in which it has been a “grass roots” movement that has circumvented traditional power structures presided over by the academy. That could, of course, mean that it is a movement dominated by a bunch of cranks– certainly few of us are at marquis institutions –but I prefer to think of it more as a contemporary, digital version of the French Salons or the Greek Agora. These reservations aside, great work Austin!

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