Those of us who enjoyed the OAC seminar on Martin Holbraad's "Can the Thing Speak?" or have been intrigued by recent discussions of ontology or Latour will also be interested in this Design Observer interview with Ian Bogost, the author of Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to be a Thing. This interview will also be of interest to those concerned about how to popularize anthropological ideas — both for what it has to say about the art of writing about complex and esoteric ideas for a popular audience and as a poignant warning that what we may take to be "anthropological" ideas to which our discipline can claim some sort of ownership are already out there, being written about by people who have no stake in self-identifying as anthropologists. Lots of stuff worth thinking and talking about here.

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Comment by John McCreery on August 4, 2012 at 3:47pm

Should anyone care, the original version of this post mistakenly attributed the book to Richard Walker, the interviewer, instead of Ian Bogost, the author and interviewee.


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