A lot of exciting discussions have been unfolding around the blogosphere of late. In his usual role as the Dark Horse, Pirate, Philip K. Dick theorist of digital humanities (i.e., the theorist that critically resists the sometimes effusive optimism found in digital humanities), Ian Bogost has an outstanding post up raising questions about the limitations of blogging and how we should conceive philosophy in a digital world. Alex Reid has a terrific follow up expanding on these questions, as does Adam Robberts. Morton has a nice post up providing a primer for OOO (though I’m miffed he didn’t list “The Ontic Principle” in The Speculative Turn… It’s free online yanno!).
Graham has a nice post up on his differences from Heidegger as well as what he owes Heidegger, that also discusses Badiou. He also weighs in on the blogging discussion. Over at Algorithm and Contingency, Robert Jackson also jumps in on the blogging discussion. Paul Ennis’s book What is Speculative Realism? has now been released. I eagerly look forward to reading it. Steven Shaviro’s interview is now up over at New Apps. There is also Eileen Joy’s talk where she argues that texts are sentient objects. Finally, elsewhere, Craig of Dark Chemistry has written some wonderful posts on Luhmann, riffing on some of my recent posts and Ian Bogost’s unit operations.
Faced with all these vibrant (and verdant?) discussions– and I’m sure I’m missing a lot –the cybernetician in me is inclined to say that it’s thinking. If you want to get a sense of what this might mean, read this post and the books it references. Graham has spawned a monster and it’s alive!