The Metapolitics of Algorithmic Politics

This is one of the things I’m working through right now – and in many ways pulling together the disparate threads of thinking others have been doing regarding algorithm, politics and media. I’ll be presenting on this topic at the ICA 2016 preconference ‘Algorithms, Automation and Politics’, organised by the folks at Political Bots. From data-mined…

Han – Die Müdigkeitsgesellschaft [The Burnout Society]

Han Byung-Chul, Die Müdigkeitsgesellschaft, 2010.  The book was recently translated into English as The Burnout Society; my notes are based on the Korean translation, as the former was not yet available. There are not many false friends in Han’s lexicon here, save the keyword Müdigkeit. Where the English translation has opted for ‘burnout’ – a relatively specific…

Merleau-Ponty – Phenomenology of Perception

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception, 1945 [EN 1962] Page numbers and quotes are from the 2013 Donald Landes translation.    Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Children’s Games, 1560.      Phenomenology of Perception [PP] does a fair bit of work to ensure that the neophyte is left floundering for a chapter or two. One grasps at the flurry…

Foucault – The Courage of Truth

Michel Foucault – The Courage of Truth: Lectures at the Collège de France 1983-1984. [EN 2011]   Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Sokrates, 1787   The Courage of Truth was Foucault’s last set of lectures at the College, concluding three months before his death. It is one of the few writings on one of his last concepts: that of parrhesia…

Weber – The Protestant Ethic

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. 1905 [EN 1930]   Page numbers from the Dover Publication 2003 edition. Jan Vermeer, The Milkmaid, c.1658   The Spirit of Capitalism A series of contemporary statistics and common sense (35-40), Weber says, clearly shows the cohabitation of Protestantism and capitalistic enterprise. Western civilisation had apparently intersected a spirit…

About Untimely.

Untimely. is an anachronistic archive. Most straightforwardly, it offers reading notes on works of philosophy and critical theory – useful for teaching, individual reading, and quotation hunting. It also comments on things and events, plucked from all sorts of times. The ‘Stazi problem’ in Eastern Germany and the Snowden Affair. Kafka’s Das Urteil and the…