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Main / It never ends.
Last post by Peter - May 31, 2017, 02:41 PM

No, you cannot tell the "real thing" from the parody anymore.

Main / Quantum Feminist Mnemotechnics...
Last post by Peter - May 31, 2017, 02:38 PM
Quantum Feminist Mnemotechnics: The Archival Text, Digital Narrative and The Limits of Memory

cyberfeminismfeminist theoryhypertexthypermediaelectronic literaturedigital narrativenew media artsmedia ecologyquantum mechanicsembodimentcomputer gamessynaesthesiatransformationcyberculture
Abstract (in English):

New technologies-- whether used for artistic or scientific ends--require new shapes to speak their attributes. Feminist writers too have long sought a narrative shape that can exist both inside and outside of patriarchal systems. Where like-minded theorists have tried to define a gender-specific dimension for art, Quantum Feminist Mnemotechnics demonstrates that feminist artists have already built and are happily inhabiting this new technological room of their own. This dissertation is an exploration of the architectural shapes of mnemonic systems in women's narratives in the new media (focusing on Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl, M.D. Coverley's Califia and Diana Reed Slattery's Glide and The Maze Game as exemplary models). Memory is key here, for, what gets stored or remembered has always been the domain of official histories, of the conqueror speaking his dominant cultural paradigm and body. I explore at length three spatial architectures of the new media: the matrix, the unfold and the knot.

Within quantum mechanics, the science of the body in motion, the intricacies of the interiorities of mnemonic time--no longer an arrow--are being realized in the (traditionally) feminized shape of the body of the matrix. This is the real time realm of cyberspace where the multiple trajectories of the virtual engender a new kind of looking: disorientation as an alternative to linear perspective. Where women have usually been objects to be looked at, hypermedia systems replace the gaze with the empowered look of the embodied browser in motion in archival space. Always in flux, the shape of time s transformation is a Möbius strip unfolding time into the dynamic space of the postmodern text, into the unfold. As quantum interference, the unfold is a gesture that is a sensory interval. In this in-between space, the transformance of the nomadic browser takes place; she performs the embodied knowledge acquired in her navigation of the world of the text. Quantum space in hypertexts is shaped as an irreducible knot, an entangled equation both in and out of space-time, spanning all dimensions as a node in a mnemonic system. Wanderlust is the engine driving the browser on her quest through the intricately knotted interplay of time and space in these electronic ecosystems. What the browser finds there is rapture--an emergent state of embodied transformation in the experiential realm. What she acquires is not mastery, but agency, and an aesthetic interval of her own.

Quantum Feminist Mnemotechnics: The Archival Text, Electronic Narrative & the Limits of Memory

Chapter 1. The Archive: Memory, Writing, Feminisms i. Mnemotechnics and Quantum Feminisms ii. The Arts of Memory: What Came Before iii. Writing As a Mnemonic Technology iv. Women s Writing and Feminisms

Chapter 2. The Matrix: Information Overload i. Temporal Perspectives on Information Culture ii. Feminist Dis/Orientations iii. Space-Time Architectures: The Aesthetics of Memory iv. Archival Structures and Fractal Subjectivities

Chapter 3. The Unfold: Immersion i. Unfoldings: Bodies of Memory ii. Transformance: The Body as Interface iii. Hierophanies and Choric Space

Chapter 4. The Knot: Disorientation i. Incrementals: Where Visual Time Meets Virtual Space ii. Knots in the Cosmos iii. The Tangled Trajectories of Nomadic Logic iv. Wanderlust

Chapter Five: Conclusion(s)

(Source: LABS: Leonardo ABstracts Service)
Works referenced
Titlesort descending Author Year
Califia M. D. Coverley 2000
Patchwork Girl Shelley Jackson 1995
The Glide Project Diana Reed Slattery 2001
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Main / Peer-Reviewed Journal Publishe...
Last post by Peter - May 31, 2017, 02:27 PM
Peer-Reviewed Journal Publishes Gender Studies Hoax Claiming Penises Cause Climate Change

A peer-reviewed academic journal published on Friday a hoax gender studies paper titled, "The Conceptual Penis As A Social Construct."

Two academics, Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay, used pen names to successfully submit the hoax paper -- which argued that "the penis vis-à-vis maleness is an incoherent construct" -- to the peer-reviewed journal Cogent Social Sciences. Boghossian and Lindsay cited 20 sources, none of they say they read, and five of which are fake papers that were "published" in journals that don't actually exist.

The paper -- which the authors said was "actively written to avoid having any merits whatsoever" -- opened by stating, "The androcentric scientific and meta-scientific evidence that the penis is the male reproductive organ is considered overwhelming and largely uncontroversial." It went downhill from there.

The conclusion stated in part:

We conclude that penises are not best understood as the male sexual organ, or as a male reproductive organ, but instead as an enacted social construct that is both damaging and problematic for society and future generations. The conceptual penis presents significant problems for gender identity and reproductive identity within social and family dynamics, is exclusionary to disenfranchised communities based upon gender or reproductive identity, is an enduring source of abuse for women and other gender-marginalized groups and individuals, is the universal performative source of rape, and is the conceptual driver behind much of climate change.

"You read that right. We argued that climate change is 'conceptually' caused by penises," Boghossian and Lindsay wrote in a celebratory article announcing the success of their hoax.

They supported the argument that penises cause climate change by writing in part:

Toxic hypermasculinity derives its significance directly from the conceptual penis and applies itself to supporting neocapitalist materialism, which is a fundamental driver of climate change, especially in the rampant use of carbon-emitting fossil fuel technologies and careless domination of virgin natural environments. We need not delve deeply into criticisms of dialectic objectivism, or their relationships with masculine tropes like the conceptual penis to make effective criticism of (exclusionary) dialectic objectivism. All perspectives matter.

Some of the article's paragraphs were just downright nonsensical. Like this one:

Thus, the isomorphism between the conceptual penis and what's referred to throughout discursive feminist literature as "toxic hypermasculinity," is one defined upon a vector of male cultural machismo braggadocio, with the conceptual penis playing the roles of subject, object, and verb of action. The result of this trichotomy of roles is to place hypermasculine men both within and outside of competing discourses whose dynamics, as seen via post-structuralist discourse analysis, enact a systematic interplay of power in which hypermasculine men use the conceptual penis to move themselves from powerless subject positions to powerful ones

"No one knows what any of this means because it is complete nonsense," the authors wrote afterwards of the above paragraph. "Anyone claiming to is pretending. Full stop."

... and so on...
Main / Assembled Bodies Reconfiguring...
Last post by Peter - May 31, 2017, 02:16 PM
Assembled Bodies Reconfiguring Quantum Identities by Whitney Stark

By utilizing the materiality of conceptions about connectivity often thought to be merely theoretical, by taking a critical look at the noncentralized and multiple movements of quantum physics, and by dehierarchizing the necessity of linear bodies through time, it becomes possible to reconfigure structures of value, longevity, and subjectivity in ways explicitly aligned with anti-oppression practices and identity politics. Combining intersectionality and quantum physics can provide for differing perspectives on organizing practices long used by marginalized people, for enabling apparatuses that allow for new possibilities of safer spaces, and for practices of accountability.

Feminist researcher invents 'intersectional quantum physics' to fight 'oppression' of Newton

Let's read from this Masterpiece Of Science For The Ages, shall we:

Assembled Bodies
Reconfiguring Quantum Identities

I invest in Donna Haraway's claim that "what counts as an object is precisely what world history turns out to be about" (quoted in Barad 2007, 42); that is, politics are about the hierarchies of what connections, or closenesses, are prioritized as bodily. All bodies are political gatherings, as what is understood as closely related, kin, the measured, congealing intersections of phenomena (social identity, histories, water, particles) considered legible/intelligible/singularized is always a political configuration, with systems and apparatuses (e.g., colonial sciences or clarity fetishism) set up to recognize these prioritized configurations/ separations (a "cut together/apart" in Barad's words [2010, 240]), naturalizing insidious assumptions and hierarchies of value. And so "connect[ing] what's been dangerously disconnected" (Rich 1987, 214) is directly political. Re/cognizing the connective/constellatory bodies typically not understood as connected (e.g., across disciplines) allows for embellishing alliances not following rules of typically understood closeness or kinship (space, time, social category, eugenic lineage) while also not discounting differing mattering realities (steeped categorizations). And, possibly, deprioritizing particularly naturalized, fetishizing borders has potentials for destabilizing structures that enable hierarchical othering (which justifies sociopolitical oppression and material-discursive violence).

Quantum physics disrupts the stagnancies of typically humanly recognized bodies. In quantum understandings, particles (classically understood as stagnant objects) also have wavelike properties, diffract, leap, and are quantumly entangled.

And. So. On.

Ummm. To me, this *sure* reads a whole lot like someone who's just slapping together word salad in the hopes of creating another Sokal Affair. But these days, who knows... this could just as easily, perhaps even more easily, be another "Gender Studies" hack Deepak-Chopra-ing some quantum nonsense together in the hopes of sounding smart. I mean, come on... does this sound like GenderBlather, or someone parodying GenderBlather?

I specifically utilize feminist new materialist discussions of quantum physics and cyborgian posthumanism (Haraway 1985), along with seemingly separated discussions of noncentralized leadership practices and anti-oppression organizing, subaltern studies, intersectional identity politics, and safer space.

I just can't tell anymore.
Main / Re: Some difficulties
Last post by Peter - May 31, 2017, 02:07 PM
I seem to  have a message, but messaging does not work:

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This problem persists.

Are the file paths correct?
Introductions / Re: hello from Dallas
Last post by kingsleytailors - Apr 20, 2017, 03:14 AM
My name is Scott, i'm new user here
Main / Spring Cleaning - Long Overdue
Last post by dr e - Apr 15, 2017, 03:26 PM
I had been meaning to clean out some of the spam that has accumulated.  I think I got most of it, please let me know if you see anything I missed.

I also disabled the registration so we won't be getting more of that crap.  And so it goes.

Interesting times! 

Has everyone seen the Red Pill?
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All Bill Information (Except Text) for S.2404 - A bill to amend part D of title IV of the Social Security Act to prohibit the retroactive modification of child support arrearages.
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