Archive for the ‘(re)thinking media’ Category

A book review. Memes form the cornerstone of what you might call a cultural evolution theory. Richard Dawkins proposed the idea in the 1970 in his book ‘The Selfish Gene’. Although Dawkins’ introduction to the idea was merely a chapter long and felt as an afterthought to his main thesis of genetics, the idea of […]


Cyberwariors

23Jul16

Reading Kim Zetter’s “Countdown to Zero Day” You might not find it shocking news there is a digital weapons race going on between secret service agencies of nation-states like the US and other countries. Either you knew, or you expected it, or you wondered why you should care about this stuff at all. In all […]


Information seems such a central word today, it is hard to imagine it has not always been subject of scientific inquiry. Still it was not until the 1950ies scientific information theory developed, although it would soon penetrate many other sciences including such fundamental ones as biology and particle physics. As Donna Haraway remarked, until the […]


This is the last post in a short series examining the benefits and drawbacks of thinking about the world in terms of ‘networks’ .  Earlier on, I gave an introduction to mathematical network theory, I discussed the network as a way of explaining the world and I discussed  social media as model for social networks. […]


This post is part of a short series on the benefits and shortcomings of ‘networks’ as an explanation of many things in our world. In previous editions, I first gave a short introduction to mathematical network theory and secondly I discussed whether explanations in terms of networks have added value over more simple explanations. In […]


Networktheory

25Sep15

If there is one metaphor which has been dominant in the past decade as a way to understand our world it has been ‘the network’. The network as a universal explanans has probably been on the rise since the advent of the internet. Nowadays, everything is a network: we think trough neural networks, we act […]