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Kane X. Faucher is an award-winning assistant professor and novelist who teaches courses in media, social networking, and propaganda at Western University. He has published several academic and general interest articles, fiction, poems, book reviews, and novels. He is an editorial board member of Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, and co-editor of Semiotic Review (formerly The Semiotic Review of Books). He has also worked on two municipal strategic plans as a team member consultant of Irwin & Associates (Middlesex County, Grey Highlands cultural prosperity plan). He is also currently on his second term of being a member-at-large on the Board of Directors for the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association, co-Chair of the Committee for Contract Faculty, member of the Collective Bargaining Committee, inaugural Chair (2012-13) of the Limited Duties Affairs Committee. In addition, he is also a staff book reviewer for Western News, a member of the London-West NDP, a pending member of Ethics Practitioners' Association of Canada [EPAC], and a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 533.
His current research enterprise involves measuring aggression on SNSs and comment culture, digital discontent, semiotics of the web, network neoliberalization, metastasis/metastability of information, digital literacy, crowdfunding, the economics of gaming, and the Codex Seraphinianus. His expertise is most notably in critical theory, post-Marxism, and poststructuralism. His most recent novels are the trilogy The Infinite Library (2011), The Infinite Atrocity (2012), The Infinite Grey (2013), and ZOMG!: A Social Media Novel (2012). Faucher's most recent academic book (Metastasis and Metastability: A Deleuzian Approach to Information, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers) is now available.
Faucher's second book is being written on "datapolitik" which will attempt to shift the ground away from class division to one of data-based division, making extensive use of Debord to explain how the accumulation of data defines social relations. In addition, he is currently preparing a book on in-game currencies and gamification of the real, as well as co-editing a volume on Deleuze and Guattari on Capitalism. His academic practice is genuinely interdisciplinary in both the scope and approach of his works.
Faucher has two novels planned: one on cybernetics and data control, and the other on a modern political adaptation of the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
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I have a passion for the arts, the rights of labour, education, the environment, animal rights, and poverty alleviation. I am personally, politically, and professionally motivated in all of these areas of concern. I consider myself a responsible and compassionate citizen with a stoic and somewhat pragmatic outlook on life. I confess to being a politics junkie and a policy geek.
My Eco Life (link)
My Cats (link)
My Family (link)
Social Media: Although I teach and research in this area, and occasionally lend my expertise in social media communications and strategy to non-profits and political organizations, I do not maintain a significant digital presence through the use of Twitter, Facebook, etc. I have my reservations about the behavior-shaping aspect of algorithms on corporately controlled "social" networking sites. I also do not believe that every video, photograph, news item, or random banter really needs my input. I also wonder if the desire to accumulate thumbs / likes and feedback is really a means of shifting the game of capitalist accumulation to the virtual "social" world.
Scented products: absolutely not. I know someone with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and there is so little research being done to investigate connections between a largely unregulated scent and fragrance industry and allergic reactions.
Literacy for youth: absolutely. A generation that cannot spell or does not know history is beginning a life journey without provisions. Reading and writing are foundational in effective communication - perhaps more important now than ever. I extend the term "literacy" to forms of digital literacy as well given the importance of teaching the young not only HOW to use the tools effectively, but in being critical as to WHAT they mean.
Environmental sustainability: you bet. It just makes sense to take care of our lakes, rivers, trees, and the incredible diversity of life. It is not only where we live, work, love, and play, but it is the legacy our descendants inherit. Despite the bellicose rhetoric of the day that paints all environmentally-minded people as radical, foreign lobby-funded extremists, I am none of those things.
Social programs for the elderly, chronically ill, and the poor: 100%. We as a people are only as strong as the equal opportunities afforded our most vulnerable and marginalized. Laws of the economic jungle are callous instruments of division and disparity. We need to ensure opportunity and dignity for us all. Strong compassion and political will is required to empower those who lack the tools, skills, and opportunities to do so.
Labour movements and unions: entirely in solidarity. The unions who have historically given us so much are all that stand between fair and secure working conditions and disastrous exploitation - especially in this climate of engineered austerity, overly generous corporate tax breaks, off-shoring, and the chronic reliance on part-time work. Fairness is something we must always negotiate, and collective bargaining is the tool for developing the means for working families to ensure that they can live good and productive lives.
Animal welfare: there is doubtless a correlation between respect for animals and a capacity for human compassion that transcends the species divide. I simply cannot abide any form of animal abuse. Although we may still rely on forms of animal exploitation as part of our food and goods systems, there are always means by which we can minimize the harm of our parasitism.
Dying with dignity: just as personal choice is a fundamental right of life, our autonomy ought extend to how we manage our end of life choices. In Canada, this discussion is quite plainly needed to minimize the harm and suffering of those with terminal diseases who wish an end to needless suffering as a form of respect, dignity, and empowerment.
My interests are as varied as my activities, and it can be a challenge to list them all without risking omission. I do not claim expertise in all of these fields. My current interests include:
-invertebrate paleontology (particularly trilobites and nautiloids) [New: Fossils in My Life]
-community engagement practices
-labour issues and unionism
-politics (strategies, policies, and history)
-codes and ciphers
-organic farming, permaculture
-entropy and chaos theory