We Make Money Not Art: Interview

Linguistic capitalism. Has Google become an all powerful usurer of language? I was interviewed by Régine Debatty for her wonderful We Make Money Not Art blog. It was a great opportunity to talk about the new iterations and directions of my research into linguistic capitalism and the monetisation of language by Google’s search and advertising platforms. Full interview can be found here:  https://we-make-money-not-art.com/linguistic-capitalism/ Thanks Régine! Advertisements Continue reading We Make Money Not Art: Interview

NEWSPEAK 2019

NEWSPEAK 2019 is the latest iteration of my ongoing intervention into linguistic capitalism and the economic, cultural and political effects of the monetisation of language by Google’s search and advertising platforms. The installation was a collaboration with Ray Interactive as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Data Lates program. I will document the event in greater detail, but in the meantime, here are some clips … Continue reading NEWSPEAK 2019

Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction: A Thesis

I passed my PhD viva a couple of weeks ago, so can now post the finalised version here if anyone wants to read any of it (but please cite accordingly): THORNTON_THESIS_FINALFINAL. Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction: A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism will also be available from my Royal Holloway PURE page, but I want to keep monitoring the price of the thesis over … Continue reading Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction: A Thesis

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?