Topic Archives: Essay

  • Metaphysics and Number

    In the early 1700′s, the French Jesuit Joachim Bouvet introduced Gottfried Leibniz to the Chinese Classic, the I Ching. Following a dispute between Pope Clement XI and the Chinese Emperor Kangxi, Bouvet’s attempts to reconcile ancient Chinese wisdom with that of the Catholic tradition came to an official conclusion. […]

  • Parsing the Languages of the New Media

    Parsing the Languages of the New Media is an experimental, database-driven nonlinear essay intended as a critique of Lev Manovich’s book The Language of New Media. The contents of the critique are organized around multiple, overlapping means of navigating the text: it can be browsed by keyword, searched, or sorted according […]

  • Piracy and the Captains of Industry

    This essay was originally prepared for bilingual publication in 2011, discussing some of the under-examined social dimensions related to digital piracy.   1. A Conflicted Metaphor Understood properly, the word “piracy” (when used in reference to the illicit distribution of commercial media recordings) is today used in a […]

  • History of a Mutant Strain

    As a vegetarian, I’ve recently been enjoying a delicious non-soy meat alternative I affectionately refer to as a “biowarfare burger.”  My interest in this industrial delicacy coincides with many of the concerns that compel me to maintain my vegetarian diet.  The more I learn about the industrial production […]