From fission to fusion: The technological germ of a future past

Sociology follows technology. This has always been clear, as much as the following truth: politics follows economics. In language derived from seventeenth-century political theorist James Harrington, the ‘superstructure’ follows the ‘foundation’ of society. According to Harrington’s principle of ‘ballance’, the structure of politics follows the structure of the material world underpinning it. And according to … Continue reading From fission to fusion: The technological germ of a future past

The counterrevolution to Blackpink is here, and it’s a little bit awful

So, Blackpink is the revolution. Why? Because the counterrevolution is already here. After Blackpink followed the trailblazing artistry of Kanye West, now K-Pop bands are taking after Jacob Collier’s neo-jazz counterrevolution to the romantic excesses of hip hop in Drake. But alas, the course correction is tired and the jazz/romantic era is over. Blackpink is … Continue reading The counterrevolution to Blackpink is here, and it’s a little bit awful

OJ, MJ, Kanye: How the media demonises our heroes in the name of antiracism — and how reconciliation would be truer model of justice for all

As I get a little older I realise life is perspective And my perspective may differ from yours - Kendrick Lamar, The Heart Part 5 I have considered how universities employ tacitly racist arguments in the name of antiracism. But now I would like to consider how mass media also employs racist tactics of divide … Continue reading OJ, MJ, Kanye: How the media demonises our heroes in the name of antiracism — and how reconciliation would be truer model of justice for all

Time of Terra: The medieval foundations of modern politics

In my previous writings about modernity, theory, philosophy, art, and evolution, I have somewhat obscured the key to the world in which we live: its origins in medieval Europe. This idea occurred to me, paradoxically, in reflecting on science fiction, such as the tabletop game Warhammer 40,000, which follows influences both from high fantasy (notably, … Continue reading Time of Terra: The medieval foundations of modern politics