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Archive for May, 2009

Dispatch from the HFD 2

Posted by rigorousm on May 13, 2009

People’s Park exists, both in historical memory and contemporary experience, as a semiotic plenum. It is, at once, the possibility of future university buildings, a recreational area, a home, a once-welcoming location now frequented by the jetsam of society, a canvas, a symbol of the counterculture movement of the 1960s and the violent response of authorities… and more. Although it has been built on the logic of its emptiness, this has been demonstrated to be anything but true. Empty spaces such as People’s Park cannot be “define[d as] a vacuum, an absence of urbannness, [but rather] zones of intense competition: the interstices of the city.” (McDonogh 1993: 13) It is not a location desolate of the “right people” and civilization; it is almost a point of super-civilization in that it overflows with the interpretations and impositions of Berkeley residents.

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there is no F5 button for real life

Posted by rigorousm on May 13, 2009

“Humans make culture in virtual and actual contexts; since humans are part of nature, and the virtual is a product of human intentionality, the virtual is as “natural” as anything humans do in the actual world.”

— Tom Boellstorff, 2008. Coming of Age in Second Life: an Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human. pp 19.

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not particularly bitter pills

Posted by rigorousm on May 13, 2009

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