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  1. Mar 2019
    1. Affect Theory and the New Age of Anxiety

      The TLDR here is that this piece has little directly to do with cryptocurrencies. But it happens to sit at a weird intersection of stuff I happen to be interested in.

      So here goes: Affect theory says how we feel explains what we do. That’s what explains populist/popular movements like Occupy, Trump supporters, and other loosely organised, mass movements that all seem to originate on the internet before meta sizing beyond the network.

      Affect and politics could also be what explains the popular appeal and the movement behind cryptocurrencies. It could also explain why crypto proponents are particularly resistant to criticism: a surgical takedown of bitcoin’s monetary policy problems matters less than how stateless coins make its proponents feel.

      Anyway, my previous snippet got lost on the WiFi, so this is a rather disjointed recollection of it. And this is my summary of the day.

    2. larger manifestations

      Again, the popularity of cryptocurrecies might be understood in terms of these other, popuist/popular, movements as well. Movements formed as a reaction to something.

    3. They saw our world as shaped not simply by narratives and arguments but also by nonlinguistic effects—by mood, by atmosphere, by feelings.

      Per the notation below, this might describe what the crypto world is all about. Less about monetary policy—more about how monetary policy makes them feel.

      🔗 The theoretical schools around affect )are interesting rabbit holes to explore here, with apologies to my postgraduate lecturers!

    4. Where did the seeming surplus of emotionality that we see on the Internet come from, and what might it become?

      This particular line resonates with what happens in Crypto-land, I think. For a couple of reasons: Crypto-land itself is largely constituted of online interactions. Secondly, crypto-land is nothing if not overflowing with a “surplus of emotionality”. Perhaps this is why we see an overlap of communities interested in Trumpian politics and ideas, and cryptocurrencies. They might be interested or attracted to the same thing: how these subjects make them feel.

      🔗 Brian Massumi has much to say about politics and affect. His idea is that the pre-emptive policies of post-9/11 counter-terrorism creates an atmosphere of “low-lying fear”—an affect of terror.

  2. Sep 2017
    1. the term “trump” indicates positive feeling, something which is likely no longer true for a sizable number of Americans.

      How can these technologies account for these linguistic contingencies?

  3. Jun 2016
    1. writing scenes are overwhelmingly populated by bodies: shocked, angry, delighted, and feeling-full bodies. Although many models of composition focus upon the signifying dimensions of writing, they often fail to account for writing's experiential aspects.

      Affect theory emerging in Rhetcomp

  4. Jun 2015
    1. iterative-inductive research (that evolves in design through the study), drawing on a family of methods,

      Hmmm....I really like this articulation of method and find it analogous to "affect theory." That is...the slipperiness that we often encounter in affect theory is often a result of the formal commitments to an ongoing process of evolving terms. Here..."iterative-induction" works well to foreground that process of change.

    1. is there a useful distinction between sensation and affect?

      I find the treatments of this distinction so confusing. I'd love to try to collectively unpack this in the seminar.