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34 minutes | Nov 4, 2022
The METAfesto: A Plea for Digital Dialecticism
During my foray into grad school, one of my favorite professors asked me to write my own manifesto as an assignment. His only instructions were to include a call to action and to "be bombastic." This is a reading of said assignment. My goal here was to put forward the idea that virtual worlds like the Metaverse are not only unnecessary but actively distract us from actual revolutionary activity. In attempting to explain this idea, the reasoning led me to conclude this idea can be expanded to larger illusions in society that keep us from fully understanding where we stand.
36 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Occupy WallStreetBets: Digital Revolutions and Technological Constructivism
Since it's probably going to take another year for me to finish the second episode of the "Fear Inoculant" series, I'm going to repurpose some papers I wrote in grad school into a few bonus episodes of the next month or so. This episode focuses on the Wall Street Bets / GameStop "revolution" of January 2021 and its implications on the politics of technology and the failings of society at large. For citations, please visit the blog post on my website.
151 minutes | May 9, 2021
Fear Inoculant 1 - Events, Reality, Freedom, and Revolution
Many things in modern life make us fearful. The Fear Inoculant series will explore ways to be less fearful and live a more authentic life. In this, the first of three episodes, we cover a host of philosophical concepts aimed at demystifying reality in order to lay the groundwork for examining social movements in the next episode. We start with exploring how certain Events can seem to change the past and present, Reality itself and a couple ways to quantify it, how Noam Chomsky and Slavoj Zizek can never seem to agree, Dialectics and the limits of reason, Metaphysics and how to separate yourself from the universe, Freedom and how to measure it, Existentialism and other curses from the gods, Sociology and how to build a society, how school brainwashes you, plus Economics, The State, Violence, Alienation, Structural Ideology, Neurotypicality, Revolution, and somehow even more! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @FaseyCranco Table of contents: Intro: 4:06.729, Corrections: 4:46.498, The Setup: 10:09.070, Events: 12:13.001, Critical Theory Summary: 19:35.657, Materialism: 21:00.876, Idealism: 24:06.432, Chomsky vs Zizek: 28:00.512, Dialectics: 31:06.255, Dialectical Materialism: 36:49.128, Ontological Case Study: 42:55.002, Events Continued: 46:25.000, The Particular and the Universal: 48:36.065, Freedom: 54:04.679, Morality: 1:00:34.962, Existentialism: 1:03:40.028, Sociology: 1:16:07.278, Socialism: 1:20:41.226, The "C" Word: 1:24:02.290, Commodification: 1:27:41.976, Some Folks You Might Meet: 1:31:41.562, The State: 1:39:32.853, Violence: 1:48:32.395, Ideology: 1:52:19.431, The State Continued: 1:56:12.565, Alienation: 1:59:09.955, Structural Ideology: 2:01:53.580, Anti-Oedipus: 2:04:16.992, Neurotypicality: 2:06:19.322, Revolution: 2:09:35.000, Class: 2:13:33.919, Proto-Synthesis: 2:16:40.012, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: 2:19:46.433, The Wrap Up: 2:24:56.266, Surprise: 2:26:08.991 Works Cited: Egalitarian Societies: https://www.solidarity.net.au/marxist-theory/the-original-egalitarian-societies-what-human-history-tells-us-about-human-nature/ Reexamining Zizek and Chomsky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne3uZSQmXzc Yale's Social Theory Course: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/foundations-of-modern-social-theory-audio/id430657557 Spinoza and Knowledge: http://www.geocities.ws/bignum/spinoza.html Critical Theory: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/critical-theory/ Historical Materialism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_materialism Sartre on Freedom: https://www.e-ir.info/2013/01/23/jean-paul-sartre-existential-freedom-and-the-political/ Radical Freedom: https://www.litcharts.com/lit/existentialism-is-a-humanism/themes/radical-freedom-choice-and-responsibility Chomsky on Human Nature: https://chomsky.info/199808__-2/ Comparing Rousseau and Mill on Liberty: https://www.ukessays.com/essays/philosophy/comparing-rousseau-and-mill-on-liberty-philosophy-essay.php Positive and Negative Liberty: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/liberty-positive-negative/ Forms of Feudalism: https://turbulentpriests.group.shef.ac.uk/the-forms-of-feudalism/#_ftnref2 Power and Authority: https://open.lib.umn.edu/sociology/chapter/14-1-power-and-authority/ Hegel's Excess: http://stasisjournal.net/index.php/journal/article/download/30/38/ Negation: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/negation/ Zizek on 'Absolute Knowing': https://socialecologies.wordpress.com/2018/06/18/zizek-on-hegels-absolute-knowing-2/ Hegel's Dialectics: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hegel-dialectics/
99 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
The Philosophy of Persuasion and The Anti-Salesman
In this episode: Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle, how I escaped a cult, why we must care about others, and how it can all be applied to persuasion, art creation, ideology, and modern life. We delve into some of the philosophical reasons behind what makes one “good” at rhetoric. I talk about how some of Lacan’s, Freud’s, and Jung’s psychological writings can be used to cultivate authority, humanity, and logic. As I explain each pillar of the triangle, I’ll then use that same method to analyze my own life to give a better idea of who I am: my ethos of what led me to co-found Jam Street Media, the pathos of my grandmother’s imperative to me, and the logos of the book that caused my exodus from religion. My Photography - www.instagram.com/faseycranco My Twitter - www.Twitter.com/faseycranco My Website - CaseyFranco.com Jam Street Media - JamStreetMedia.com Suggest a topic: email@example.com Chapters - 00:56 - Episode Introduction 4:20 - The Rhetorical Triangle 14:40 - Ethos (The Concept) 30:55 - My Ethos (What I’m Credible to Speak On) 39:24 - Pathos (The Concept) 55:16 - My Pathos (How My Grandmother Sees Me) 1:00:10 - Logos (The Concept) 1:12:45 - My Logos (Using Logic to Escape a Cult) 1:29:53 - The Wrap-up Links and Citations - School of Liberal Arts Rhetorical Triangle Analysis - https://www.lsu.edu/hss/english/files/university_writing_files/item35402.pdf Salvoj Zizek on Gratification of Capitalist Consumption - https://youtu.be/P18UK5IMRDI Manipulation vs Persuasion by Michael Roberts - https://medium.com/@michaelwroberts/the-difference-between-persuasion-and-manipulation-27eb4c02fd2d Meerkat Facts - https://www.natgeokids.com/au/discover/animals/general-animals/meerkat-facts/ Social Contract Theory - https://iep.utm.edu/soc-cont/ Michael Heumer, The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey Liberalism - https://openscholarship.wustl.edu/art_sci_etds/244/ Stanley Milgram’s Experiment on Obedience and Authority - https://www.sparknotes.com/psychology/psych101/socialpsychology/section7/ How to understand power - Eric Liu - https://youtu.be/c_Eutci7ack Lacan’s “Big Other” - http://www.english.hawaii.edu/criticalink/lacan/terms/other.html Freud’s “Superego” - https://www.simplypsychology.org/psyche.html Sam Harris on Freewill and Genetic determinism - https://samharris.org/the-illusion-of-free-will/ Lacan on Desire - https://www.lacanonline.com/2010/05/what-does-lacan-say-about-desire/ Zizek on the lack of a “Big Other” - "What is the big other?" - The Pervert's Guide To Ideology 2012 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwIDNW89AqQ Turlock’s churches - https://townsquarepublications.com/turlock-worship/ Videos I made for iHeart - Lacan on “The Subject” - http://www.english.hawaii.edu/criticalink/lacan/terms/subject.html Empathy - https://lesley.edu/article/the-psychology-of-emotional-and-cognitive-empathy#:~:text=According%20to%20Hodges%20and%20Myers,but%20without%20the%20self%20actually Effects of the Agricultural Revolution - https://courses.lumenlearning.com/suny-hccc-worldhistory2/chapter/effects-of-the-agricultural-revolution/#:~:text=The%20increase%20in%20agricultural%20production,loosely%20regulated%20agricultural%20market%2C%20and Yuval Noah Harari on Human Superiority - https://ideas.ted.com/why-humans-run-the-world/ Lacan’s “Signifiers” - https://nosubject.com/Signifier Reptile Brain vs Mammalian Brain - https://thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/d/d_05/d_05_cr/d_05_cr_her/d_05_cr_her.html Genetic predisposition vs Experience - https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-nature-versus-nurture-2795392 Structuralism - Calhoun, Craig, ed. 2002. "Structuralism." In Dictionary of the Social Sciences. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN9780195123715. Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero With a Thousand Faces” - https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/588138.The_Hero_With_a_Thousand_Faces David Hume’s Moral Philosophy - https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hume-moral/ Lacan’s “Signifiers” - https://nosubject.com/Signifier Lacan’s “The Real” - https://cla.purdue.edu/academic/english/theory/psychoanalysis/definitions/real.html Priming - https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/basics/priming Carl Jung on “The Stages of Life” - https://www.philosophicalsociety.com/archives/Carl%20Jung's%20Stages%20of%20Life.htm Initiations into Adulthood - https://robertmoore-phd.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.display&page_id=35 Inductive vs Deductive Reasoning - https://www.scribbr.com/methodology/inductive-deductive-reasoning/ The Scientific Method - https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/scientific-method/ Rationalism vs Empiricism - https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rationalism-empiricism/ Hypothetico-Deductive Reasoning - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothetico-deductive_model Science and Absolute Truth - https://bit.ly/3bG4VAw The Validity of The Theory of Evolution - https://www.globaltruthproject.com/single-post/the-present-truth-about-life?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjY6Jtt7c6wIVl4WRCh3AcgsjEAAYASAAEgKNsfD_BwE Philosophy Tube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8NVy00tfdI Crime Correlates Poverty - https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=242128 How race corresponds to poverty - https://inequality.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/Pathways_SOTU_2017_poverty.pdf The Lies of “The Bell Curve” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBc7qBS1Ujo SFX and Music - GMaC Theme by Camille Stennis Americana Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Ancient Rite Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Kalimba Relaxation Music Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Sonatina in C Minor performed by Kevin MacLeod
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