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The Affective Labor of Wikipedia: GamerGate, Harassment, and Peer Production.

By on February 1st, 2015
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The Wikipedia Arbitration Committee (ArbCom) just completed the process of sanctioning a number of editors over edits to the Gamergate controversy page. This has been a controversial decision, with many parties issuing statements, including the Wikimedia Foundation, two of the editors who were brought before the ArbCom, and in an… >>

Nothing Unintentional

By on September 17th, 2014
This post originally appeared on the London Review of Books Blog on July 29, 2014. The Palestinian body count in Gaza has passed 1000, with more than 5000 wounded. Over 70 per cent of the casualties are civilians, including more than 200 children. Extended families have been wiped out. Children… >>

Genocidal desistance in Gaza

By on August 27th, 2014
An earlier version of this post was published by Open Democracy on August 12, 2014. In response to the current outbreak of vicious siege warfare in Gaza, satirist John Oliver, on his weekly cable show, reviewed the past decade of Gaza war coverage by CNN’s Anderson Cooper beginning with his… >>

The Skim

“To be silent amidst the continuous criminalities, to accept military occupation and colonial violence, to accept the killing of women and men, young and old, rural, refugee and villagers, is to approve the various colonial modes of dispossession, and deny Palestinians the right to a dignified life.” Read the full statement (PDF) in Arabic and English from the Coalition for Jerusalemite Women.

An unrepentant Marxist becomes an unexpected ally, reopening the Sokal hoax in consideration of Bruce Robbin’s critique of Vivek Chibber.

Caveat Emptor! Amazon announces plans for 30-min delivery to your door via drones.

Imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek exchange a series of public letters on oppression and resistance under global capitalism.

Care for that sandwich with a side of “enforced rapture“?

What exactly is happening to also those videotapes of lectures … and Derrida answering the phone

The breathtaking, unrepentant arrogance of the 1% is on full display in Jessica Pressler’s profile of AIG CEO Bob Benmosche.

“Being With” Release Event

By on October 30th, 2014
  "Being With: A Special Issue on the Work of José Esteban Muñoz" (STX 121) Release Event November 13th, 2014 | 7pm | NYU Department of Performance Studies, Room 602 The Social Text editorial collective, the NYU Department of Performance Studies and the Center for LGBTQ Studies at NYU invite you to join us in celebrating the intellectual legacies of José Esteban Muñoz. This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of the journal will be available at a discounted rate. If you have any questions, contact the Managing Editor at >>

When the Market Goes Marching In

By and on February 15th, 2014
Work Reviewed: Adams, Vincanne: Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina. Durham, NC & London: Duke UP, 2013.   Markets of Sorrow, Labor of Faith, Vincanne Adams argues, “is not about Hurricane Katrina” (1). Instead, her study focuses on the aftermath of the storm, on “a second-order disaster that was precipitated by the success of profit-driven solutions to a crisis of need at the turn of the twenty-first century” (1). In eight chapters, Adams allows the individuals whom she interviews to tell a people’s history, highlighting the emotional and physical costs of the capitalist… >>

Indian Politics under Modi

Hindu nationalism is politically dominant today. Not long ago, historians considered it backward or out-of-date, while political scientists did not think it worth their while to discuss its prospects of coming to power. But through the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, or Indian People\'s Party), Hindu nationalism has reinvented itself as populist, asserting religious identity together with the rhetoric of lower caste empowerment. The BJP in fact represents a makeover of the Indian political elite, which has abandoned non-alignment, embraced global capitalism, and seeks close ties with the US. Ironically, this was the desired end of an old Cold War era… >>