Communication for academic, media and community contexts
The “crisis of journalism” has been so consistent a rallying cry from journalism scholars it approaches cliche. Journalism is as Rodney Benson describes, a simultaneously ubiquitous and weak professional field. News media and the content industry confront us in every turn in our mediatized lives. Journalism is central to the click economy and Silicon Valley billionaires like […]
Central to the transformation of contemporary media production and consumption has been the logic of affect both economically and libidinally. The sharing of traditional media content, personal stories or viral videos is contingent upon affective resonances. Affective media is not simply shorthand for “social media”, a term which obscures the intersection of technology and capital in […]
My interest in populism began in observing the frenzied response to the Obama presidency. A moment of a political optimism, aspiration and sense of demographic invincibility was met with the conspiracy and the radical anti-communism of the Tea Party. While representing a thoroughly retrograde politics the Tea Party spoke to what Chantal Mouffe designates as […]
I was on Radio One’s “Total Screen” with my old pal George Elliot to discuss the Democrat’s “woke-washing” of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Malcolm Gladwell’s hip-hop podcast, Trump-Putin homophobia and the Dems’ prospects for 2020. I hope to put some of these ideas together for a midterm preview piece soon.
I recently presented a 50-minute seminar at the University of Otago political studies department entitled “Data-Fetishism, Surveillance and the Failure of Networks: Social Media After Trump”. Abstract The era of Trump represents a crisis of elite American opinion, leadership and competency in seemingly innumerable ways. It is my contention that the ideological and organizational failure […]
Last week I was on ABC’s Drive program to talk about intel culture and online far-right communities. My argument is that intel culture comes out of both online’s privileging of white male reaction but also the social media twin logics of data and affect. Incels, primed with intense misogynistic animus, are given both a realtime […]
Jordan Peterson has emerged from an obscure corner of academia to become the arch-philosopher of the alt-lite. With a massive online following Peterson has sought to speak to the anxieties of young men in the face of school transformation. His calling card is a style which purports scientific rigour while disparaging the academic humanities as […]
Earlier this month I took some of my ideas about populism, post-truth and affective media to the Centre for Science Communication at Otago. The challenge was how to think about this chaotic new media reality while preserving notions of truth, reason and science communication. This is my humble attempt to reconcile these contradictions.
In a recent issue of Austrian art and literary journal Springerin I expanded the idea of the Russia investigation and national security state working as a new ‘regime of truth’ for American liberalism. There seems no other path forward for Democrats as the invest in the reactive anti-Russian politics instead of offering a positive political alternative to […]
This past week I had the pleasure of presenting a paper at Otago MFCO’s “Mediating the Real 2: Politics in a Post-Truth Era”. My talk centred on the role Russia plays in American liberal political discourse. Why is it that in a deep crisis of democratic institutions that Donald Trump is being characterised by the […]
Donald Trump is the least qualified and the most reviled candidate ever to run for president of the United States. Yet here we are with Trump posting his anxiety-ridden, pathologically narcissistic tweets from the Oval Office. How could this possibly have happened? In a recent academic article for Boundary2 Online I explain how the demise of […]
Since the implosion of the Democratic Party and the election of Donald Trump, American liberals have been wracked by the notion that Putin’s Russia is orchestrating the collapse of American institutions. Putin’s mastery of political dark arts are responsible for a “post-truth” media age, domestic fifth columnists and the sexual blackmailing of Donald Trump. While […]