The Data-Driven Life

This piece was presented at the conference Digital Existence: Memory, Meaning, Vulnerability in October 2015, under the title “The Data-Driven Life: Existential Correlates of Knowing in the Surveillance Society”. The boilerplate caveat: most of it is preliminary thoughts in an ongoing project. After years of rumbling in the backstage, online surveillance had its breakout moment in…

Morton – Hyperobjects

Timothy Morton, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology at the End of the World. 2013.   J.M.W. Turner, The Slave Ship, 1840.   Hyperobjects is a book about a single concept: objects so ‘big’ – in multiple senses – that they exceed typical human capacity for grasping, comprehending, keeping hold of, controlling, counting, taking account of them. Deriving…