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Cultural Politics (2011) 7 (1): 41–58.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Philipp Von Hilgers The “black box” has become a common term for diverse kinds of opacities of modern society often at odds with values of enlightenment and transparency. Investigating the history of the black box one discovers that at a time when cybernetics was seen as the leading science...
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Cultural Politics (2014) 10 (3): 354–375.
Published: 01 November 2014
... influence. Like most computational devices, its proprietary algorithm is kept secret, and Klout instead offers its users general clues about its calculative rationale and how to improve one’s ranked influence. I will address the black-box nature of Klout’s algorithm momentarily, but I want to start...
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Cultural Politics (2021) 17 (1): 102–113.
Published: 01 March 2021
... helped animate the Black Lives Matter protests of social and racial injustice. Stunningly, the chaos on Wall Street paled in comparison to the discord, conspiracy, and misinformation on social media platforms. Facebook's and Google's black-box algorithms (Pasquale 2016 ), optimized to elicit...
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Cultural Politics (2012) 8 (3): 443–464.
Published: 01 November 2012
... on the black box as emblematic. By extending this principle beyond the black box and into the general notion of topological representations of space and distributed processing, it is easy to see how each of the spatial examples set out above serves to evoke both a material system (the network of mathematicians...
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Cultural Politics (2008) 4 (3): 269–288.
Published: 01 November 2008
... in creating representations, with the VR experimental black box of the Cavern serving as an analogue for the rooms in which the hostage is held. The most important analogue for the Cavern, though, turns out to be the black box of the hostage’s mind, his imagination and projective capacities, the prosthetic...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (2): 227–249.
Published: 01 July 2017
... “beneath the cloud” ( Burrington 2015–16 ) or that shed light on exploitative labor conditions endured by factory workers across the globe who provide cheap, outsourced production to Silicon Valley ( McClelland 2012) . These works foreground the systems required to make our black boxes tick and the often...
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Cultural Politics (2005) 1 (2): 165–192.
Published: 01 July 2005
....), Black Hawk Down: The Shooting Script . New York : Newmarket Press , pp. vii – xv . Box Office Guru . 2003 . “ Worldwide Box Office Grosses. ” Available online: www.boxofficeguru.com/intlarch1.htm . Box Office Mojo . 2002 . “ International Weekend Report. ” 18 January. Available online...
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Cultural Politics (2005) 1 (2): 193–214.
Published: 01 July 2005
... mathematical theory, the channel is insignificant: only sending and receiving are vital. Distribution is in this sense a “black box.” Media critique that has addressed the nature of channels has in general taken a McLuhanite line: the channel matters to the extent that it is determining of the message...
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Cultural Politics (2016) 12 (3): 310–331.
Published: 01 November 2016
..., computes, and organizes. Finally, it anticipated the phenomenon of digital design, which replaces the drafting table with the programmable ‘black box.’” Concrete has had a similarly radical impact on architecture, allowing designers to reimagine the “art of building.” It is liquid, poured rather than...
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Cultural Politics (2020) 16 (1): 1–13.
Published: 01 March 2020
... at here is thus a gradual departure from commitments of texts such as Science in Action (1987) with its focus on how techniques such as graphs and statistics work to “black-box” research to lend it authority; or actor-network theory’s redistribution of agency (e.g., Latour 2005 ) wherein the properties...
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Cultural Politics (2012) 8 (3): 361–373.
Published: 01 November 2012
... consensus is nothing but the mingling of the scraps and shards resulting from black boxes grinding against each other. The numerous mistakes and errors were unavoidable collateral discourse damage; but above all they were the equally inevitable result of Kittler's desire to process his desires, to get...
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Cultural Politics (2021) 17 (1): 55–68.
Published: 01 March 2021
... to plot their own counter “curves and charts and maps” of the pandemic (Bowe, Simmons, and Mattern 2020 ). The affirmation of the operational loop is, nonetheless, more than a mere observation that can be grasped visually or indeed concealed in an ideological black box. It is an affirmation that acts...
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Cultural Politics (2005) 1 (2): 233–242.
Published: 01 July 2005
... experience and exploring the creature-like presence that seemed to inhabit this colossal machine. With a video camera you can slow down the time you capture and reduce what you see to a small box in which these hitherto subdued references are revealed. Were they a subconscious creation of the engineers...
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Cultural Politics (2019) 15 (3): 315–330.
Published: 01 November 2019
..., including the first Black studies courses, at SF State. The EC offers inspiration for creating infrastructures of radical imagination and study. The EC appropriated resources—including spaces, money, teachers, credits, and technologies—for studying within, against, and beyond the normal university. The EC...
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Cultural Politics (2018) 14 (2): 174–197.
Published: 01 July 2018
...; Pujols and Ortiz 1998 : 40–42; Ramos 1998 : 43–46). 1 Fourteen large containers, shipped straight from Rome, arrived in Havana in 1929. Modernity and national tradition, it seemed, came barged across the Atlantic in a box. For inside those crates was La República ( The Republic ): a colossal bronze...
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Cultural Politics (2006) 2 (1): 49–76.
Published: 01 March 2006
... of both the Federal government and private industry on the house as simultaneously a problem, potential solution, and new site of political and economic brinkmanship. Because the housing industry had collapsed even prior to Black Friday – housing starts declining steadily from over 900,000 in 1925...
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Cultural Politics (2020) 16 (1): 45–49.
Published: 01 March 2020
.... It is said that they met on a London bus when he was a medical resident and she was heading to or from an art class. She was a chain-smoker and a bluestocking, the black sheep of a family of labor organizers, and one of twelve children. He was a doctor and a poet, the only son of a powerful Egyptian lawyer...
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Cultural Politics (2018) 14 (3): 289–303.
Published: 01 November 2018
... to read game code (Java, in Minecraft ’s case). But even when a player can read the code, it’s often not worth the effort. Watson elaborates: Sometimes, after a peek inside the code, even the experienced programmer will decide that it would be easier to triangulate the outside of the black box, rather...
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Cultural Politics (2006) 2 (1): 29–48.
Published: 01 March 2006
... Angeles (1992), Mogadishu (1994) – although there was a trend, evident in the 1990s, to target specific neighborhoods as functionally, ethnographically, or politically distinct, a village within a city, e.g., the El Chorillo neighborhood of Panama City, the Black Sea district of Mogadishu, and Sadr City...
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Cultural Politics (2018) 14 (3): 354–371.
Published: 01 November 2018
... that the act of making lays bare relations and infrastructures that are commonly black-boxed in mundane experiences of the world ( Ratto and Boler 2014) . Making and hacking enable deep material engagements with products and objects and thereby allow “makers to acknowledge that their world is constructed...