Category Communication

CFP: “Critical Data Studies” – Big Data & Society Special Theme

CFP: “Critical Data Studies” – Big Data & Society Special Theme Guest Editors: Andrew Iliadis (Purdue University) and Federica Russo (Universiteit van Amsterdam) Critical Data Studies (CDS) is a growing field of research that focuses on the unique theoretical, ethical, and epistemological challenges posed by “Big Data.” Rather than treat Big Data as a scientifically […]

Critical Data Studies

I’ve organized a panel on Critical Data Studies for this year’s Canadian Communication Association Conference, which will be held during Canada’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Science in Ottawa from May 30th to June 5th, 2015. The panel is part of the Technology and Emerging Media stream. A preliminary program has been released and […]

The Professoriate Talks: Academic Freedom Goes Online

I’m presenting another communication paper, this time titled “The Professoriate Talks: Academic Freedom Goes Online,” as part of the Big Data and Free Speech panel at the The Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, May 23 at 11:00am. I’ll be talking mostly about Figure/Ground, what it […]

The Curator, the Laggard, and the Non-Believer: A Typology of Voluntary Information and Communication Technology Non-Users

I’ll be presenting a paper titled “The Curator, the Laggard, and the Non-Believer: A Typology of Voluntary Information and Communication Technology Non-Users” at the Annual Meeting for the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Chicago on Tuesday April 21st at 11:20am. The paper is part of a two-panel presentation hosted and organized by the Oxford […]

Interview with Fred Turner

I don’t usually post any of the interviews I do for Figure/Ground Communication here, but this one was relevant to the history of information and communication in a big way. We talked democracy, cybernetics, media history, and a lot more. Click here for a look at my interview with Fred Turner. For those of you […]

Informational Ontology: The Meaning of Gilbert Simondon’s Concept of Individuation

My article, “Informational Ontology: The Meaning of Gilbert Simondon’s Concept of Individuation,” is now available in the latest volume of the journal Communication +1. The theme of this volume is “Communication and New Materialism.” Here’s the abstract and link: Informational Ontology: The Meaning of Gilbert Simondon’s Concept of Individuation PDF “The French philosopher Gilbert Simondon […]

Raymond Ruyer’s Cybernetics and the Origin of Information

I am going to begin, at a much slower pace than the other Simondon related translations, a translation of Raymond Ruyer’s Cybernetics and the Origin of Information. I think this is an important text, and there should be a lot more interest in it in the coming years as Simondon translations are eventually made available. […]