How Facebook’s democratic ideals are reversed by its practices

Orysia Hrudka, of the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, discusses her just published article ‘Pretending to favour the public’: how Facebook’s declared democratising ideals are reversed by its practices‘ for AI and Society Journal Facebook seems to offer an ideal democratic space. It is open, accessible, inclusive, and participatory; it encourages social networks to […]

‘Why the current surge in Live Action Role Play?’ Lucy Jolin interviews Clare Foster for CAM magazine

Lucy Jolin interviewed Re- Network founder Clare Foster about the popularity of social forms of re-enactment for the latest issue of CAM magazine. CRASSH reports on it here. “Emily Zhang is loitering with intent in Grantchester Meadows. She is on a mission: to overthrow a mysterious artificial intelligence that has been terrifying her people. Eventually, […]

Little Magazines: Producing and Re-producing Avant-Garde Communities – Sophie Seita on her new book

Author Sophie Seita discusses her new book Provisional Avant-Gardes: Little Magazine Communities from Dada to Digital, Stanford University Press, 2019 For a long time now I’ve been fascinated by ‘little magazines’; that is, magazines that generally have a small budget, a small print-run, a short-ish life span, and a small audience due to their publication […]

“What happens to the representation of women in the move from page to stage?” Enza De Francisci on her new publication.

What happens in performance, above all to the characters, when an actor transforms them from their fictional existence on the page to their physical enactment on the stage?

Richard Coyne: ‘Everything is Code’.

As any student of semiotics knows, speaking in code is what we do — when we communicate. It’s normal. To speak directly is the exception rather than the rule. In the kind of work I’m involved in getting others to do what you think you want them to do is primarily an exercise in subtle influence, persuasion and suggestion, perhaps delivered as a “nudge” rather than an order. It’s the same in advertising. Only crude advertisers direct you to buy Weetabix — obviously, overtly, as a command.