weekly roundup

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This week at Cyborgology…

Dave Strohecker is back at theorizing hipsters and authenticity, this time comparing them to “indie”

Editors Nathan Jurgenson and PJ Rey live-tweeted and archived the Twitter stream of the recent flash-conference on Occupy, the Tea Party and networked democracy

Jenny Davis writes on “responsible Googling,” or how teachers should best use the Web in the classroom

Nathan Jurgenson asks if Occupy can survive a winter without tents, arguing that most analyses of the movement has looked too much at space and not enough at time

David Banks writes his second post on Actor Network Theory, compares it to “augmented reality”  and again comes down hard on Latour and his disciples. The post continues to spark a terrific discussion in the comments

Sarah Wanenchak responds to Nathan’s previous post arguing that, yes, Occupy can withstand a winter without tents. Memories are strong, and people will not forget about what made the movement powerful. 

Picture of the week is of Victorian audio surveillance. Note the listening device taking on the form of an ear. Augmented reality predates electronics and has come to take on creative forms.

This week at Cyborgology…

Sara Wanenchak discusses the symbolic power of the tent for the Occupy movement

Jenny Davis draws on Barthes to describe how memes are the mythology of our augmented society

Guest author Doug Hill discusses the relationship between Ellul’s concept of technique and the Occupy movement

Dave Strohecker continues his series of posts on hipsters and technology calling them a “folk devil”, a group we can project our insecurities upon

Guest author Gene Morrow highlights a video-talk that describes the increased blurring of the physical and technological

David Banks describes “the beast of Kandahar” and its role in augmented warfare

Last, listen to Cyborgology Editors Nathan Jurgenson and PJ Rey talk on the radio about technology and the Occupy movement

Picture of the week comes from David Banks. FourSquare and Occupy at that critical intersection of the digital and physical.

This week at Cyborgology…

Nathan Jurgenson’s photo-theory essay on the new Lytro so-called “living picture” technology and what it means for potentially more interactive social media objects

Guest author Gene Morrow disagrees with PJ Rey a bit and argues that Occupy cannot hibernate indoors this winter but instead needs a home in physical space

Sarah Wanenchak is welcomed on board as the newest member of the Cyborgology blog and writes a short essay linking the Occupy movement to the 1848 revolutions in Europe

Jenny Davis looks at social ties and Facebook, from the weak to close connections, from the global to the local

PJ Rey provides an essay on Cyberpunk with a critical eye towards the role of the Ayn Randian rugged individualism but embracing the Cyberpunk ethos of being at once deeply interested in as well as highly critical of technology and society

David Banks begins his project of applying “augmented reality” theory to other theories of technology by writing about and critiquing Actor Network Theory

David Strohecker round the week out with a look at Britain’s “safe text street” as it deals with our increasingly augmented reality

Photo of the week comes from the current protests in Egypt. The picture captures the flow of imagery across mediums, especially in times of protest. Al Jazeera ran the photo of a police officer who reportedly is shooting protesters in the eye. Infuriated, Egyptians stenciled his image on walls. The graffiti was then photographed and disseminated on social media, where Zeynep Tufekci saw the image and sent it to us. The image of the police officer flows from cameras to TV broadcast to paint on walls back into photo-form into social media and onto this blog where you see it now. Reality is augmented.

Meanwhile, this week on Cyborgology…

Nathan Jurgenson and PJ Rey co-author an essay about how today we breath in an atmosphere increasingly able to capture what we do as a social media document

Jenny Davis writes about the mileage Facebook critics get out of misusing the word “friend”

We repost a comment Distinguished University of Maryland professor and past President of the American Sociological Association Patricia Hill-Collins made about PJ Rey’s post on journals being the “dinosaurs” of academia

PJ writes about the trust we place in modern technologies to become and enjoy the cyborgs we have become today

PJ also thinks about what is in store for the #occupy movement as winter bears down and concludes it is partially in memes

David Banks gets into the Thanksgiving spirit and discusses sexism and Internet food videos

Dave Strohecker looks into why Hipsters are into vintage and retro technology, circling around the ideas of authenticity and nostalgia

Next is a guest post from Jeremy Antley on the analogue roots of digital dualism, looking at a similar process of “textual dualism”

And we round up this week with the second part of Dan Greene’s “augmented syllabus” project