New GeoHumanities article – A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: provocation/intervention

My article A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: provocation/intervention has now been published online first in GeoHumanities : https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/2373566X.2018.1486724 There were 50 free eprints available at https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/9Nm9BBmHdwdFYRxjqejh/full, but for anyone without institutional access, the accepted manuscript is attached below (as per Taylor and Francis guidelines). I can share the published PDF privately on request. A_Critique_of_Linguistic_Capitalism_GEOHUMS_final_PT_edit_JC2_PT_73 A critique of linguistic capitalism: provocation/intervention Abstract Language has always been … Continue reading New GeoHumanities article – A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: provocation/intervention

Language Redux

I have a new short piece about the value of language in the digital economy out in APRJA Research Values, ed. by Christian Ulrik Andersen & Geoff Cox. I use {poem}.py (my artistic intervention into Linguistic Capitalism & Google AdWords), to re-work Christian and Geoff’s introduction 3 ways:  http://www.aprja.net/language-redux/ This issue is the result of the Research Values workshop at the Brandenburg Center for Media … Continue reading Language Redux

geographies of (con)text: language and structure in a digital age

Geographies of (con)text: language and structure in a digital age is an article I published last year (2017) in Computational Culture: a journal of software studies. It began life as an AAG paper called The Production of Context and Digital Reproduction of Language, presented in one of the Geographies of Software sessions organised by Nick Lally and Ryan Burns in 2016. The article talks about … Continue reading geographies of (con)text: language and structure in a digital age

The Meaning of Light: Seeing and Being on the Battlefield

I haven’t always written about algorithms and digital capitalism, but I have previously used poetry as a lens through which to expose the politics and asymmetries of technology and space. The Meaning of Light: Seeing and Being on the Battlefield (cultural geographies Vol: 22 issue: 4) is a paper I published in 2015 based on my experiences as a reservist soldier in Iraq in 2003. … Continue reading The Meaning of Light: Seeing and Being on the Battlefield

What is Orwell’s 1984 really worth?

£58318.14 to be precise. In theory anyway… to Google. I’ve been playing around with running longer texts through {poem}.py and eventually managed to process (and price) the whole of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. I use the idea of Newspeak in my critique of Google’s monetisation of language, so I thought it made sense to use the book for this particular experiment. The book took 7 … Continue reading What is Orwell’s 1984 really worth?

How the Tories wrote my thesis: the political economy of a large-scale hypertextual Web search engine

Sergey Brin and Larry Page invented Google as students at Stanford in 1998. They knew from the beginning how advertising could interfere with the efficiency and integrity of their proposed search engine. In an appendix to their paper, on The anatomy of a large-scale hypertextual Web search engine, they noted that ‘the goals of the advertising business model do not always correspond to providing quality … Continue reading How the Tories wrote my thesis: the political economy of a large-scale hypertextual Web search engine

The Death of the Reader | UNDER THE INFLUENCE MAGAZINE

My essay The Death of the Reader has been published in Under the Influence magazine. It’s a special issue on the subject of SPEED, so the essay reflects on the implications of machine reading, and includes a brief description of my own intervention against the quantification of language (specifically by Google’s AdWords platform) in my {poem}.py project. A PDF of the essay is available here: … Continue reading The Death of the Reader | UNDER THE INFLUENCE MAGAZINE