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The movement from existence in analog spaces to existence in digital spaces demands that disciplinary International Relations reconsider the concepts of space and place which underpin its ideologies, and the notions of sovereignty these concepts engender. This movement is incomplete, and probably will always remain so; ‘truly’ digital spaces do not yet exist, at least for humans and states.
Digital spaces require analog infrastructure for their existence. MUDs, chat spaces, email systems: all these require for their existence the physical existence of computers, and the relays, switches, and cables which interconnect them. Thus, digital spaces (at present) do not exist absent analog ones: the difference is that the analog spaces required for digital spaces, due to the continuous move towards miniaturization in the computer and networking industries, continue to shrink, making the capital goods necessary for the existence of digital spaces much more mobile, and much less subject to the coercive power of the analog state.
supersonicelectronic:

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dr-8bit:

Darth Mario on the Deathstar
mundy:

davidfuternick:

Sometimes when I’m down I go back and re-watch this sketch and the response video.

Awww shucks.

mundy:

davidfuternick:

Sometimes when I’m down I go back and re-watch this sketch and the response video.

Awww shucks.

tricil:

Nice!

tricil:

Nice!

J Dilla - The $ (Madlib Remix)

youllsoonknow:

Download: J Dilla - The $ (Madlib Remix)

WOW, what a freebie! To celebrate that Stones Throw has a few more Hella International 3x12inch box sets floating around they have given this track, (which is featured on the release) away for no cost! We all love Dilla, we all love Madlib, and we love this classic. If you don’t have it, cop it now!

bunch:

The crux:

My favorite study (pdf) in this space was by Yale’s Geoffrey Cohen. His experiment found the position of an individual’s preferred political party overwhelmed both the objective policy content and the individual’s preexisting beliefs. Cohen had a control group of liberals and conservatives look at a generous welfare reform proposal and a harsh welfare reform proposal. As expected, liberals preferred the generous plan and conservatives favored the more stringent option. Then he had another group of liberals and conservatives look at the same plans — but this time, the plans were associated with parties.

Both liberals and conservatives followed their parties, even when their parties disagreed with them. So when Democrats were said to favor the stringent welfare reform, for example, liberals went right along. Three scary sentences from the piece: “when reference group information was available, participants gave no weight to objective policy content, and instead assumed the position of their group as their own. This effect was as strong among people who were knowledgeable about welfare as it was among people who were not. Finally, participants persisted in the belief that they had formed their attitude autonomously even in the two group information conditions where they had not.”

<p>Thank you for making life feel&#8230; normal. and okay.</p>
Anonymous

sincesheleft:

You’re welcome. 

Sincerely, Michael

afootballreport:

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