On January 8th, The Diagonal Reading Group held its second meeting. We discussed Louise Amoor’s Cloud Ethics: Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others. It was again a lively and invigorating discussion. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Doug Eacho’s Invitation prior to the event:
Louise Amoore is a Professor of Geography at the University of Durham, and her Cloud Ethics: Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others (Duke, 2020) has generated a lot of attention from scholars in media studies, STS, and political science. I expect it will be cited widely for years to come. As with our previous author Kate Crawford, though, this book represents a firmly established set of discourses from social theory applying itself to new technical advancements – Amoore’s ample citations of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Donna Haraway, and N.K. Hayles will make this familiar reading for many of us. The question is: is this theoretical tradition up to the task? Can it approach these new objects?