SCOTUS to US: There is no such thing as civil society

The week of July 20, 2022, the US Supreme Court released a series of decisions about religious liberty, gun rights, and abortion rights that significantly reversed established precedent. The court ruled that (1) it’s an infringement on the free exercise…

What comes before vibes? On norms & psychophysical aesthesis

As I argued in my April 2022 essay in Real Life, norms are becoming less central to the patriarchal racial capitalist governance of inequality generally and sexuality in particular. This waning salience of norms is rooted in a shift in…

Some news

I am excited to announce that I am joining Palgrave Macmillan as Acquisitions Editor for Philosophy and Media & Cultural Studies. I’m looking forward to using my expertise in and passion for both these fields to help scholars publish impactful…

“Vibe shift” and the shifting meaning of “vibe”

“Vibe Shift” has gurgled to the top of The Discourse this week, largely thanks to Allison P. Davis’s article in The Cut. The term was coined by Sean Monahan (whose work I like and which I’ve talked about in The…

Is a vibe a vibration?

Yesterday, numerous people tweeted me this picture: Combining the language of “vibes” with the pseudoscientific idea that 528Hz is a sound frequency with physical and psychological healing powers, the sentence on this chocolate bar speaks to two things I’ve written…

When did vibes become a Thing?

When Gawker editor-in-chief Leah Finnegan put “vibe” on her publication’s list of banned words in October 2021, it was clear the term stopped being cool and started to sound basic. That move made me wonder when exactly “vibes” became the…

The new Matrix movie: Actually interesting!

I watched the new Matrix movie last night and it completely changed how I felt about the entire franchise: I used to think it was somewhere between boring and annoying, but the new film reframes the originals in a way that highlights…

Is a vibe the same thing as a style?

Is a vibe the same thing as a style? One scholar thinks so. In his 2017 article “A Theory of Vibe,” Peli Grietzer argues that the machine learning technology known as autoencoding produces “vibe” as an object of knowledge (8),…

Vibes and algorithms, or “vibe check” as biopolitics

I’m working on the part of my “Good Vibes Only” book where I distinguish what I’m calling “a biopolitics of frequency” – the kind of biopolitics Foucault talks about in the 70s – from the form of biopolitical governance performed…

No Genre, Just Vibes

No Genre, Just Vibes

I’m excited to be giving a talk at the University of Hartford’s Hartt Conservatory this Wednesday November 17, 2021 at 12:30 Eastern. It will be simulcast on Zoom, and anyone can get the zoom info by emailing Karen Cook, whose…