I used to be an artist, then I became a poet; then a writer. Now when asked, I simply refer to myself as a word processor. — Kenneth Goldsmith It’s a striking headline, and the Guardian’s “New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators” story has gotten plenty of attention […]Read more "Deep text: a catastrophic threat to the bullshit economy?"
I was honoured to have been invited to speak at TRU’s Privacy and Security Conference. The organizers put together another great event addressing many complex elements of the subject. Yes, this is quite similar to the talk I gave for the Kamloops Film Society. However, this one had about thirty per cent more material, and […]Read more "More information pollution, now with added fiber"
I was honoured to be invited to give a pre-screening talk for the Kamloops Film Society’s presentation of The Cleaners. Audio: (42:42 28MB MP3) My presentation slides and references are below. References: Tarleton Gillespie, “The Scale is Just Unfathomable” CBC Spark: “Your photos can be used in ‘catfishing’ romance scams” Alec […]Read more "Information pollution: a companion to The Cleaners"
A sudden chorus of whoops and yibbles burst from a kind of juke box at the far end of the room. Everybody quit talking. The bartender tiptoed back, with the drinks. “What’s happening?” Oedipa whispered. “That’s by Stockhausen,” the hip graybeard informed her, “the early crowd tends to dig your Radio Cologne sound. Later on […]Read more "First gig"
Michelle laughed when she walked into The Advocate pub, seeing Irwin and me at a table with sheets of paper covered in “R” words amidst the empty pint glasses. Shaking her head, “you guys really have a strange way of spending a sunny day in Edinburgh.” There was no reasonable way to disagree. What had […]Read more "5×5 R’s of Ours (An OER17 Flashback)"