Ian Bogost (creator of a Zen game) has not weighed in yet,
but he did have several wonderful posts this week, including one on convincing spambots commenting in his blog
: There's no doubt that they are spam, but its now clear that the spambots are carefully reading my blog (and other, related blogs)—perhaps more carefully than many human readers.
Even better, his article in The Atlantic
about the New Aesthetics. (I hate it when they call it that.) This is part of the explosion of OOO that I'm into right now:http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/04/the-new-aesthetic-needs-to-get-weirder/255838/
BTW - The Ecological Thought
is a near perfect crystalization of the BPs recent thought, an excellent overview for newcomers to the field, and quite persuasive. I'm going back to read Ecology Without Nature
, but first Bogost's own Alien Phenomenology
In other news: I've been on a news brownout for about 2 weeks, but a short commentary on recent trials re: Guantanamo unearthed this detail 'they refuse to wear their headphones to hear Arabic translations of the trial' that pushed some weird button (probably the HDT one from Civil Disobedience
about the only place for a just man) and news about Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng is thrilling me due to the way everyone is finally having to talk about the elephant in the room: our relationship with China and China's human rights policy.
These things all seem related to me. And HDT seems to be knocking daily. It might be time to get started on my next project.
P.S. Speaking of OOO, today a bought two dish towels, a riff on Magritte's 'This is not a pipe' painting.
One has a mixer, the other a blender, both bear the inscriptions, 'this is not a ______" (whatever the image of the object is depicting.) For some reason I found these incredibly amusing. They are also swift mnemonic devices to illustrate the difference between the thing and the image of the thing, which is a unique entity unto itself.