This week I started my two-year post doctoral fellowship at Microsoft Research New England with the Social Media Collective. It is not at all an exaggeration to describe this as my dream job (mostly because the people here are so incredibly awesome) and it’s exciting to get started on some new projects.
I have two articles out this week. The first is in a special issue of The Information Society on “the Death, Afterlife and Immortality of Bodies and Data.”
The second is from my summer internship with the Social Media Collective at MSR. The article is based on my work in the extreme body modification community, and talks about how issues of stigma and marginalization play out online.
The religion of information is another superstition, another distorting totalism, another counterfeit deliverance. In some ways the technology is transforming us into brilliant fools. In the riot of words and numbers in which we live so smartly and so articulately, in the comprehensively quantified existence in which we presume to believe that eventually we will know everything, in the expanding universe of prediction in which hope and longing will come to seem obsolete and merely ignorant, we are renouncing some of the primary human experiences. We are certainly renouncing the inexpressible. The other day I was listening to Mahler in my library. When I caught sight of the computer on the table, it looked small.