As an antagonistic counter-weight, as the last puff of the 2012 Olympic expels before leaving town, many are commemorating the athletic achievements of Autumn 2011. Last week on LBC radio Pamela Duggan called her son Mark's death an 'assasination', whilst almost one year later to the day 16 young men received extreme sentences for causing disorder in Notting Hill.
A radical social historian as well as philosopher, Jacques Rancière has spent many years rescuing vivid fragments of proletarian life and thought from the vested interests that claim to speak for them. But in thwarting the instrumentality of intellectuals, he also risks obscuring the material he cherishes and the energies it carries – write Anthony Iles and Tom Roberts
As the financial crisis fastens its grip ever tighter around the means of human and natural survival, the age of the algorithm has hit full stride. This phase-shift has been a long time coming of course, and was undoubtedly as much a cause of the crisis as its effect, with self-propelling algorithmic power replacing human labour and judgement and creating event fields far below the threshold of human perception and responsiveness.