15 years!

Today marks the anniversary of the day I launched this site. 15 years ago! That’s like a century in internet time, maybe an epoch or two. 2004 preceded YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and well, pretty much everything that we understand of the web today. I didn’t post here for many years indeed preferring those […]

Dogwonder IX

So this blog turns nine years old today. Still posting rather infrequently, but it’s still mine, and now the official company website. As per tradition(ish) I will re-post my first ever post, which still holds up imho as a way of viewing the web, by the much missed Jean Baudrillard “Virtuality, being itself virtual, does […]

Let’s not confuse the medium with a format or system yeah?

Just saw this in the ‘From the Blogs’ section of the Grauniad Review. It references and then rips apart a blog post based on an article from the Times suggesting that ‘Internet book piracy will drive authors to stop writing’. Book piracy on the internet will ultimately drive authors to stop writing unless radical methods […]

What I am, I don’t know. I am the simulacrum of myself.

Indeed tis a very sad day, Jean Baudrillard has died aged 77. A personal favourite of mine An excellent obituary by the Guardian here, another by the Beeb The great man’s books: Baudrillard , Jean, Chris Turner (Translation). Impossible Exchange. Verso Books. New York, December 2001, 160 pages, Hardcover, ISBN: 1859846475. Baudrillard, Jean, Julia Witwer […]

Define: Postmodernism

Postmodernism: according to its protagonists, a completely new way of looking at the world, academic study, philosophy, artistic production etc, arising from the ‘discoveries’ of Foucault, Barthes, Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard (in France) and Jameson (in America) and the so-called ‘linguistic turn,’ supposed to have happened in the late 1960s or early 1970s, and maintaining in […]

Simulacrum

The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth – it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true. Ecclesiastes Abstraction today is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being or a substance. […]