New article: “Innovation and the Neoliberal Idioms of Development”

I have a new academic-ish article up at boundary 2 online in a special issue edited by David Golumbia on the "Digital Turn." It's on "social innovation" and the way that it circulates in the so-called "Third World" and in humanitarian and development agencies. It picks up on the argument of my first book, which explored the … Continue reading New article: “Innovation and the Neoliberal Idioms of Development”

“Innovation and the Neoliberal Idioms of Development” – out now at boundary 2 online

I have an essay in a great new collection edited by David Golumbia at boundary 2 online, on the Digital Turn--it's a group of essays offering critical appraisals of the practice and history of technological evangelism in the present day. My contribution is called "Innovation and the Neoliberal Idioms of Development." “Human creativity and human … Continue reading “Innovation and the Neoliberal Idioms of Development” – out now at boundary 2 online

Keywords for the Age of Austerity 32: The Take

The "take" has been carefully studied, and its obituary hopefully written many times. As historians of the take like Tomás Ríos, Elspeth Reeve, and John Herrman have argued, the take, whether it's "hot" or not, shares two major, related characteristics: huffy moralizing and speed. The take must come as quickly as possible after the event that requires … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 32: The Take

You say “right-leaning,” I say “Alfredo Stroessner”

The phrases "right-leaning" and "left-leaning" have always infuriated me, for perhaps obvious reasons--it's a symptom of the "one-the-one-side-on-the-other" pantomime of even-handedness by which American media depoliticize politics. That is, there are no real sides, and no fundamental disagreements; there is only a political blob called "the center," on either bulging side of which different opinions … Continue reading You say “right-leaning,” I say “Alfredo Stroessner”

The worst -preneurs

In rough order of worst to almost as worst: Mompreneur Tacopreneur Pizzapreneur Ecopreneur Teacherpreneur Petrepreneur E-preneur Pastorpreneur Intrapreneur, extrapreneur, etc. Freedompreneur Leaderpreneur [thanks reader Roger!] Artrepreneur [thanks reader Anne!] Yogapreneur