NORMAN BALL's poems and essays have appeared in Asia Times, Counterpunch, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Rattle, Liberty, Foreign Policy Journal, Global Research and elsewhere. He has a new poetry collection Serpentrope from White Violet Press and his book on TV Culture, Between River & Rock: How I Resolved Television in Six Easy Payments is available from Giant Steps Press with a viewable excerpt at the Museum of American Poetics. Prior essay collections, How Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable? (2010) and The Frantic Force (2011), both widely available on the web, are published by Del Sol Press and Petroglyph Books, respectively.
Scott Walker and Sunn O))): If You Don't Beat Me, the Stasi Will | 18 Nov 2014 // 9:20 PM
Soused’s trapped, bleating circus elephants are harbingers of the prison-planet drones and transhuman monstrosities yet to come. Prepare for heightened beatings, motherfuckers.
Big Data Follows and Buries Us in Equal Measure | 10 Nov 2013 // 9:14 PM
Wikileaks’ Julian Assange noted that the East German secret police employed ten percent of the population as informants. The genius of Facebook is that it's an emoticon-besotted surveillance apparatus through which friends rat out friends routinely.
'This Idea Must Die' Puts Speculative Self-correction Back in the Driver’s Seat | 6 May 2015 // 10:05 PM
This collection from 175 scientific luminaries is something between a Faustian romp and a dilettante’s bedside companion.
The Unending Saga of Internet Cops, Robbers, and the Rest of Us | 15 Jan 2015 // 2:00 AM
Creative chaos may be the mother of Internet invention. But inventiveness is a threat to the Powers-that-be. Is crime-fighting just another handy euphemism for Orwellian consolidation?