Politics, Poetry and Google: The Value of Words in an Age of Linguistic Capitalism

An alternative angle to the fake news and Google Ads debate. It’s more poetic, but by no means less political. “Control of language equals control of thought, and it is private capital and tech companies who are at those controls.”   I recently published a short piece on The Medium about the similarities between language in the age of Google and Orwell’s Newspeak in 1984. … Continue reading Politics, Poetry and Google: The Value of Words in an Age of Linguistic Capitalism

SUBPRIME LANGUAGE: The Precarious Value of Words in an Age of Linguistic Capitalism, Digital Advertising and #FakeNews

As the value of words shifts from conveyor of meaning to conveyor of capital, has Google become an all powerful usurer of language, and if so, how long before the linguistic bubble bursts? I’m giving a talk at Trinity College Dublin next week as part of the CONNECT centre and Engineering Fictions. I’ll be using a lot of the material from the talk I gave … Continue reading SUBPRIME LANGUAGE: The Precarious Value of Words in an Age of Linguistic Capitalism, Digital Advertising and #FakeNews

PODCAST: Pip Thornton – Critiquing linguistic capitalism, Google’s ad empire, fake news and poetry

Originally posted on Algocracy and the Transhumanist Project:
My post as research assistant on the Algocracy & Transhumanism project at NUIG has come to an end, and I will shortly be returning to Royal Holloway to finish writing up my PhD. I have really enjoyed the five months I have spent here in Galway – I  have learned a great deal from the workshops I… Continue reading PODCAST: Pip Thornton – Critiquing linguistic capitalism, Google’s ad empire, fake news and poetry

Talk at NUIG 25th Jan – Linguistic Capitalism – technology & governance research cluster

I’m giving a talk at NUI Galway on Wednesday 25th January as part of the Whitaker Institute Ideas Forum seminar series. It will be an explanation and exploration of all things Linguistic Capitalism, with a demonstration of my {poem}.py  project, as well as some new ideas about the role of Google advertising in the fake news debate. Most exciting of all is a guest appearance from … Continue reading Talk at NUIG 25th Jan – Linguistic Capitalism – technology & governance research cluster

Being Human | Human Being: a panel discussion of Ex Machina

Originally posted on Algocracy and the Transhumanist Project:
Back in March I co-curated a Passengerfilms event in London which used Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina to provoke a panel discussion about what it means to ‘be human’ in a world in which the digitally -or algorithmically – processed ‘virtual’ is increasingly experienced in the actualities of everyday life. I wrote a post on my… Continue reading Being Human | Human Being: a panel discussion of Ex Machina

A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: a short podcast from Pip Thornton

Originally posted on Algocracy and the Transhumanist Project:
I started work as the research assistant on the Algocracy and Transhumanism project in September, and John has invited me to record a short podcast about some of my own PhD research on Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction. You download the podcast here or listen below. The podcast relates to a project called {poem}.py, which… Continue reading A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: a short podcast from Pip Thornton

NEWS | Curating (in)security at AAG 2017

Skyline of downtown Boston from the pier (bostonlogic.com) Every year, nearly 10,000 academics converge on one particular U.S. city in the name of all things geography – Boston, Massachusetts being the location of choice for the annual AAG (American Association of Geographers) conference in April 2017. With a vast array of potential sessions, panels and presentations – the AAG has something for everyone: from Geographies of Bread and Water… Continue reading NEWS | Curating (in)security at AAG 2017

Curating (in)security: Unsettling Geographies of Cyberspace CfP AAG 2017

Curating (in)security: Unsettling Geographies of Cyberspace Call for Papers AAG 2017 Boston (April 5-9, 2017) In calling for the unsettling of current theorisation and practice, this session intends to initiate an exploration of the contributions geography can bring to cybersecurity and space. This is an attempt to move away from the dominant discourses around conflict and state prevalent in international relations, politics, computer science and … Continue reading Curating (in)security: Unsettling Geographies of Cyberspace CfP AAG 2017

{poem}.py : a critique of linguistic capitalism

How much does poetry cost? What is the worth of language in a digital age? Is quality measured on literary value or exchange value, the beauty of hand-crafted, hard-wrung words, or how many click-throughs those (key)words can attract and how much money they earn the company who sells them? But haven’t words always been sold? As soon as they became written down, moveable and transferable … Continue reading {poem}.py : a critique of linguistic capitalism