The Politics of Vermin: Anarchism and Relinquishment

There’s a very interesting discussion of the merits of Marxism and an Anarchist-Green politics set out in John Zerzan’s book Twilight of the Machines (which I’ll admit to downloading, not reading!) over at the (Dis)loyal Opposition to Modernity. As I understand from the gloss in the DOM post, Zerzan views technology as inherently alienating and destructive […]

We Are All Cylons (Movie)

  I stupidly missed the London screening of this prize-winning indie documentary back in April, so I don’t know when I’ll get to see it. On the strength of this preview, Director Ilana Rein has produced an intelligent, layered exploration of BSG’s themes, iconography and audience culture. Diatribes against “humanism”, “species relativism” and “anthropocentrism” abound in many […]

Why Nuke Liberals? A Response to Sorgner

  In ‘Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism’ Stefan Sorgner takes me to task for approving a departure from liberal institutions by future posthumans (Roden 2010): Given the argument of the previous section, it is not surprising that I was slightly worried when I read that Roden affirms the move away from “bio-political organizations such as liberalism […]

SF Cinema

I’m sympathetic with this polemic by Damien Walter  on the generic badness of Hollywood science fiction cinema but also bothered that it levels differences between the different mediums and ignores non-English SF cinema. Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris and Chris Marker’s La jetée (one of J G Ballard’s favourites, incidentally) are as innovative and important as 2001 and Blade Runner. Most importantly, […]