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In this RSA Animate, radical social theorist David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane?
This is based on a lecture at the RSA (www.theRSA.org).

A Reaction to THE MARXISTS

from ethnografix by Ryan Anderson

Not too long ago I posted this animated video which features David Harvey’s explanation of “The Crisis of Capitalism.” It’s well done, and does a good job of summing up some incredibly complex issues in a really interesting way.

and a roundup

Mathematician turns down $1 million prize

from Boing Boing by David Pescovitz

Brilliant and reclusive mathematician Grigory “Grisha” Perelman turned down yet another big prize for his breakthroughs. Of course, I only know they’re breakthroughs because I read that they are. Math is hard. Anyway, this year, the Clay Mathematics Institute awarded Perelman its $1 million Millennium Prize. His “no thanks” wasn’t a big surprise — in 1996 he didn’t show up to accept the hugely prestigious Fields Medal from the European Congress of Mathematics. At the time, he said, “I’m not interested in money or fame. I don’t want to be on display like an animal in a zoo. I’m not a hero of mathematics. I’m not even that successful; that is why I don’t want to have everybody looking at me.” From the AP:

Sokal affair

from Best of Wikipedia
Sokal affair:The Sokal Affair (also Sokal?s Hoax) was a publishing hoax perpetrated by Alan Sokal, a physics professor at New York University. In 1996, Prof. Sokal submitted an article to Social Text, an academic journal of postmodern cultural studies. The submission was an experiment testing the magazine?s intellectual rigor, and specifically to learn if such a journal would ?publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it sounded good and (b) it flattered the editors? ideological preconceptions.? On its date of publication, in May 1996, in the journal Lingua Franca, Sokal revealed that the article was a hoax, identifying it as ?a pastiche of left-wing cant, fawning references, grandiose quotations, and outright nonsense? structured around the silliest quotations [by postmodernist academics he] could find about mathematics and physics?. (via Ev)

Problems With Actants

from Larval Subjects

Three working assumptions about social media and activism, J. Postill

from media/anthropology by John Postill

Reworked notes following presentation at the Networking Democracy symposium, Cluj-Napoca, 25-27 June 2010. Many thanks to the organisers for a terrific event!

This conference comes for me at point of transition from previous anthropological fieldwork on Web 1.0 and local activism in a Malaysian suburb to imminent fieldwork on Web 2.0 and translocal activism in Barcelona. So I?m very excited to be here. If Malaysian activism was to do with local issues and was led by mostly middle-aged residents, I expect the Barcelona anti-corporate globalisation and free culture scenes (possible research sites) to be younger and geographically more dispersed and nomadic.

Financial Crisis and its representations, Anthony Faramelli

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Anthony Faramelli

There are a few moments during a crisis when a people?s façade breaks away and admissions of cold and brutal truth are made. Such an occurrence happened in 2008 during the melt-down of the global financial system when Alan Greenspan was called to testify on Capitol Hill and admitted that his view of the world, the ideology which he had championed for decades, was wrong and that regulation of the financial sector could have staved off the Financial Crisis.

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