This discussion focuses on Sampson’s recently published monograph
Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks, characterised by Brian Rotman as
“offering a new theory of the viral as a sociological event.” In this
conversation, Parikka and Sampson talk about Gabriel Tarde and assemblage
theory, and why Tarde should be approached as a media theorist who is more
interested in the somnambulistic notions of the social. Sampson’s interest in
the non-cognitive – and non-cognitive capitalism – resonates with recent
discussions of affect, but with a special focus on developments in HCI-design
At the end of the interview, we’ve provided some links giving free
access to relevant TCS material.
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In the fourth of our responses to events across North Africa and the Middle East, Mona Abaza comments on the ...
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