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Mimetic Theory Poststructuralism Theory Wild Theory

Control Societies with Sacrificial Characteristics

Hi-tech networked control and archaic sacrificial systems may seem like opposites, but in fact, they complement each other.

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Technology Theory

The Intellectual Origins of Surveillance Tech

The philosophical backgrounds of Palantir Technologies CEO Alex Karp and his co-founder Peter Thiel offer surprising insights into the company’s guiding ethos.

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The Outside Wild Theory

“Karen” and the Maenads

“Karen” videos and similar viral images project the threat of social breakdown onto spectacles of ranting women – much like the Maenads of ancient Greece.

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Conspiracy Theory

Noise, Conspiracy, and Narrative Convergence

The conspiratorial theories about the fireworks outbreaks in US cities tell us something about our collective inundation in another kind of noise.

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Mimetic Theory Outsiders Wild Theory

Sacrificing the Founder

The recent toppling of statues reveals the triumph of what Nietzsche called “critical history” over “monumental history.”

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Mimetic Theory Outsiders The Outside Wild Theory

Preliminary Theory of the In-Group Contrarian

The In-Group Contrarian is a simultaneously marginal and a central figure for understanding social media dynamics.