Photograph by Michael Chichi

Today’s social networks are becoming public utilities — not mere fun distractions but constitutive components of the social, professional, political, and financial economies. They are becoming akin to roads, to societal infrastructure. …

By abstracting indefinitely, Deleuze and Guattari identify modes of assemblage that traverse materials and disciplines, inaugurating a downright dizzying realm of knowledge: categories of ways bodies constitute themselves and are constituted. Freed from material borders, bodies are suddenly connected to each other in ways we might never have considered, propelling both the multi-directionality and velocity of thought itself. And uprooting materialism as any kind of ground as all there are are events all the way down.

Artist Marc Ngui drew an incredible series of images interpreting Deleuze and Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus.”

Anyone who’s read any of Deleuze and Guattari’s four books can’t help but notice the speed with which connections between wildly discrepant elements abound. In one paragraph, their books careen from the behavior of animals to political history to works of art to philosophical concepts. Their writing is relentless, finding…

Photograph by Denys Nevozhai

Silicon Valley tech has prided itself on being “disruptive” but cryptocurrency and distributed systems may very well disrupt Silicon Valley out of business—as crypto introduces new architectures of innovation, corporate governance, funding, and value distribution that run against the very grain of Silicon Valley.

There’s no doubt that Silicon Valley has been the center of tech innovation. Think about the opening sequence of HBO’s show —half satire, half love affair — entitled simply, “Silicon Valley.” …

A “class” is a physical space—static, hence indifferent to the rhythm of pedagogy. A course, however, is a movement—a choreography of knowledge, understanding, revelation, and affect. A course is less a map of a subject than a particular tour through a domain.

I love the word “course” in a pedagogic sense. If done well, a course is precisely that: a prescribed movement through a field, a veritable choreography of understanding.

Despite whatever intentions a teacher may have, there is no such thing as teaching a subject per se. You’re always teaching this…

Deleuze and Guattari’s books defy our casual assumptions about what it is to read. So while it may seem like they’re trying to keep you out with esoteric jargon, that’s not it at all. They are not easy to read, sure, but not because they’re trying to be difficult but…

I talk with Thaddeus Russell at length about, among other things:

  • Marshal McLuhan’s notion of the environment — in which we live so throughly, we don’t even know to question it. And the alphabet in particular as an example.
  • How 2+2=x depends on the rule set and conditions. After all, life is in flux and the world is all undulating planes. On some, 2+2 no doubt = 4. In others, who knows? Is 2, in fact, fungible? Sometimes…..
  • Which is the mantra of the sophist: It depends…..
  • Deleuze and Guattari as creating what Michel Foucault calls an Introduction to the Non-Fascist Life —fomenting and proliferating difference.
  • The will to difference vs. the will to unity
  • Cryptocurrency as undoing the environment of money—and how Anatha is recoding the world itself.
  • And more!

Cryptocurrency & the Rise of Money as a Product

Apple turned tech specs into a position, an argument about its technology: it stopped selling “speeds and feeds” and instead offered a brand — an ethos, a reason to believe. Crypto needs to do the same thing. And what is more deserving of brand positioning than money? What speaks more…

Daniel Coffeen

Former Berkeley Rhetoric prof turned…what? Anatha Comms. Wrote this, too:

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