Posts Tagged ‘networks’

The Facebook half-billion: interconnection, infrastructure, anthropocentrism

Friday, July 30th, 2010

I find last week’s news that facebook has reached the milestone of 500 million subscribers interesting for several reasons. (more…)

Ash and infrastructure

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The ongoing disruption caused by volcanic ash has demonstrated some of the ways in which contemporary urban life is constituted by its infrastructures. Similar in many ways to Don DeLillo’s Airborne Toxic Event, the cloud from Eyjafjallaj√∂kull has reinforced the manner in which our sense of self is tied up in the things and circuits that keep us mobile and fed. (more…)

Social networks and the war on terror

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

For those interested in the role of networks in contemporary warfare, Chris Wilson’s recent Searching for Saddam: A five-part series on how the U.S. military used social networking to capture the Iraqi dictator in Slate is worth reading. Wilson provides an accessible account of social network analysis and the manner in which interconnections can be mapped. His account of the construction of link diagrams to identify those that were harbouring Saddam after he had been deposed from power in 2003, resonates with much that has been written about the relationship of networks and contemporary warfare.
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