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The Grid (a new sketch of The Digital)

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 25, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM

The paradigm of digitality isespecially at a technological levela reification of the modernist grid. Fundamentally a process of segmentation of ordering, its contents are essentially identical, divorced from the physical variability inherent to other material constructs by the unrelenting opperations of binary code. Once it has been rendered into a human-readable form, the meaning of these codes stands apart from the digital workan example of the aura of information acting within our encounter. It is the transcendent dimensions of early abstraction that finds itself mirrored by encoding of physicality in data samples, paradoxically both literal in its insistence on the measurement of the discrete physical features of the world, and immaterial in how this meaning is held apart from the electro-magnetic switching of microtransistors within blocks of matter (the aura of the digital in action).




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Agnotology, Audits and (Un)Certainty

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 8, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM

This is a theory fragment:

The various demands occasionally heard both before and after the crises of 2008 about "audit the Fed" or "audit Fort Knox" or "audit ________" have a basic problem: it is not what the results from the audit might be, but the credibility of any result produced with those making the demand; this is not a "post-modern" plurality or relativity of values, but representative of something else, a different process, whose action superficially resembles relativity of values, but is not.




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Gresham's Law and Immaterial Commodities

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 8, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM

Here is an interesting development about the US mint (from Zero Hedge).

This sounds a lot like Gresham's Law in operation: a so-called "flight to quality."




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Agnotology in Action

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 2, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM

Here is an example of agnotism: this news story makes it clear the extent to which powerful organizations will use their money and connections to attack, undermine and discredit their critics.




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The Digital

story © Michael Betancourt | published July 19, 2010 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM

The paradigm of digitality, isespecially at a technological levela reification of the modernist grid. Fundamentally a process of segmentation of ordering, its contents are essentially identical, divorced from the physical variability inherent to other material constructs by the unrelenting oppositions of binary code (the aura of the digital). The meaning of these codes stand apart from the form of the work (the aura of information), once it has been rendered into an unstable, human-readable form. It is the transcendent part of the early abstraction that finds itself mirrored by the ways that the underlying physical encoding of reality in data samples, paradoxically both literal in its insistence on measurement of the discrete physical features of the world, and immaterial in how this meaning is held apart from the electro-magnetic switching of microtransistors within blocks of matter.




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