Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Semiosalong Session 4

Session 4: Andreas Ventsel & Mari-Liis Madisson: Affective Communication and Semiotic Mechanisms of Misinformation

Tuesday, April 18

Terms like fake news and alternative facts come from a state of paralysis in the flood of information. The proliferation of conflicting messages, the accelerated news cycle, and technologies of image and video manipulation marginalize verifiability as a criterion of truth. But even in a post-truth world we persist in the belief in our own ability to hear through the static what is really going on. When contradiction interrupts our daily broadcast we reject its sources, ignore its particulars, or troll the sender. In the process we legitimize the polarization of discourse. We do so tongue in cheek, or with fingers crossed behind our back, as if to absolve ourselves from the price. It is easier to dip back into a familiar echo chamber than to recognize the other. Can we extricate ourselves from the self-gratifying feedback loop? Where can semiotics enter into the discussion of the post-truth world?

NB! All remaining sessions for this series will be held at Genialistide Klubi

Poster design by Mehmet Emir Uslu

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Semiosalong Series: Semiotics in a Post-Truth World

Wednesday April 5th @ Genialistide Klubi

Session 3: Mehmet Emir Uslu: Against the Fetishism of the Discourse of Disinformation
and Märt Põder: Nietzsche's Posthumous Post-Truth Manifesto

Terms like fake news and alternative facts come from a state of paralysis in the flood of information. The proliferation of conflicting messages, the accelerated news cycle, and technologies of image and video manipulation marginalize verifiability as a criterion of truth. But even in a post-truth world we persist in the belief in our own ability to hear through the static what is really going on. When contradiction interrupts our daily broadcast we reject its sources, ignore its particulars, or troll the sender. In the process we legitimize the polarization of discourse. We do so tongue in cheek, or with fingers crossed behind our back, as if to absolve ourselves from the price. It is easier to dip back into a familiar echo chamber than to recognize the other. Can we extricate ourselves from the self-gratifying feedback loop? Where can semiotics enter into the discussion of the post-truth world?

NB! All remaining sessions for this series will be held at Genialistide Klubi


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Semiosalong Series: Semiotics in a Post-Truth World

March 21st at 18.00 in Jakobi 2-336

Session 2: Ian Weatherseed: Semiotic Self-Defence For The Useful Idiot
and Ott Puumeister: Speech freed, or, Everyone Has a Right to Their Facts

Room number 336

Terms like fake news and alternative facts come from a state of paralysis in the flood of information. The proliferation of conflicting messages, the accelerated news cycle, and technologies of image and video manipulation marginalize verifiability as a criterion of truth. But even in a post-truth world we persist in the belief in our own ability to hear through the static what is really going on. When contradiction interrupts our daily broadcast we reject its sources, ignore its particulars, or troll the sender. In the process we legitimize the polarization of discourse. We do so tongue in cheek, or with fingers crossed behind our back, as if to absolve ourselves from the price. It is easier to dip back into a familiar echo chamber than to recognize the other. Can we extricate ourselves from the self-gratifying feedback loop? Where can semiotics enter into the discussion of the post-truth world?

Poster design by Mehmet Emir Uslu


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Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring Semiosalong Series: Semiotics in a Post-Truth World

Session 1: March 9th at 18.00 in Jakobi 2-306
Geoffroy Pavillet: Famous Trials
and Lyudmyla Zaporozhtseva: Post-Truth and the Mythological Mind in Marketing Semiotics

Room number 306

Terms like fake news and alternative facts come from a state of paralysis in the flood of information. The proliferation of conflicting messages, the accelerated news cycle, and technologies of image and video manipulation marginalize verifiability as a criterion of truth. But even in a post-truth world we persist in the belief in our own ability to hear through the static what is really going on. When contradiction interrupts our daily broadcast we reject its sources, ignore its particulars, or troll the sender. In the process we legitimize the polarization of discourse. We do so tongue in cheek, or with fingers crossed behind our back, as if to absolve ourselves from the price. It is easier to dip back into a familiar echo chamber than to recognize the other. Can we extricate ourselves from the self-gratifying feedback loop? Where can semiotics enter into the discussion of the post truth world?

Poster design by Mehmet Emir Uslu


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Autumn 2016 Semiosalong Series Semiotic Seismology: Anticipating Instability.

Session 3: Merit Rickberg. Ethnocentric History: A Mechanism of (dis)Integration?
and: Mark Lemon. Deconstructing Commercials for a Better Tomorrow

Tuesday December 6th 2016, Jakobi 2-336 at 18.00 

The naive always expect revolution within their lifetime. It is typical to exteriorize personal mortality: of course something big will happen soon! On the other hand we know, species go extinct, civilizations disappear, continents are swallowed by the sea, just like our bodies end up in the ground. We instinctively go about life as if this were not the case, unless we have reason to suspect imminent cataclysm. What are the possible metrics of such prediction? How does one think outside a rationality prescribed exactly by the endangered system? How can semiotics think ahead of the learning curve to minimize fallout from personal and global network disintegrations?


Friday, November 18, 2016

Semiotic Seismology 2: Jonathan Griffin and Luke Rahmanova

Session 2: Jonathan Griffin. Eschatology: Doom of the Elect
and: Luke Rahmanova: How to Plan Your Daily Earthquake

Tuesday November 22nd 2016, Jakobi 2-336 at 18.00 

facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/250718322010050/

The naive always expect revolution within their lifetime. It is typical to exteriorize personal mortality: of course something big will happen soon! On the other hand we know, species go extinct, civilizations disappear, continents are swallowed by the sea, just like our bodies end up in the ground. We instinctively go about life as if this were not the case, unless we have reason to suspect imminent cataclysm. What are the possible metrics of such prediction? How does one think outside a rationality prescribed exactly by the endangered system? How can semiotics think ahead of the learning curve to minimize fallout from personal and global network disintegrations?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Semiotic Seismology 1: Tyler James Bennett and Riin Magnus

The Autumn 2016 Semiosalong series semiotic seismology: anticipating instability.

Session 1: Tyler James Bennett: Industrial Schematic Prognostics
and: Riin Magnus: Losing the Sense of Suffering

Tuesday November 8th 2016, Jakobi 2-336 at 18.00 

The naive always expect revolution within their lifetime. It is typical to exteriorize personal mortality: of course something big will happen soon! On the other hand we know, species go extinct, civilizations disappear, continents are swallowed by the sea, just like our bodies end up in the ground. We instinctively go about life as if this were not the case, unless we have reason to suspect imminent cataclysm. What are the possible metrics of such prediction? How does one think outside a rationality prescribed exactly by the endangered system? How can semiotics think ahead of the learning curve to minimize fallout from personal and global network disintegrations?