Joshua Mostafa

Joshua Mostafa

is the editor of poetry journal New Trad and co-founder of independent music label Inna Riddim Records.


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About Joshua Mostafa

Joshua Mostafa is the editor of poetry journal New Trad and co-founder of independent music label Inna Riddim Records. His stories, essays, reviews and poems have appeared in various publications, including Ambit, Oblong, Flash, Litro, Island, Sketch, Overland, Abraxas and the Los Angeles Review of Books.


2016

Articles about Joshua Mostafa

Articles by Joshua Mostafa

The Revolution Will Not Be Automated

For the social psychologist Shoshana Zuboff, the meteoric rise of the tech industry brings with it worrying developments that should worry us – the general public – a lot more than they do, and the fact that most people are blasé about them is itself a matter of concern. The purpose of her book Surveillance Capitalism is to awaken the reader to a sense of ‘astonishment and outrage’ at Big Tech’s power grab and its effects on society.

The View From Nowhere: Forget English! & Born Translated

‘The idea of world literature, taken as a whole rather than divided into many national or linguistically based literatures, is a paradoxical one. How can we speak of a “literature” that encompasses far too many languages to master in a single lifetime? Does the term refer to the totality of all the literature in the world, or does it imply a project of canonisation—and if so, who gets to decide which works are included? For the purposes of the study of literature, what constitutes the “world”? The last question might seem the easiest to answer: the world is where we live, the ground beneath our feet. But it's a more slippery concept than that.’

Philosophy in the round: Globes by Peter Sloterdijk

Much of Globes is concerned with questions of scale. Human societies are not static in size. What changes or deformations, Sloterdijk asks, must occur in a society when it grows from one of the smallest units – the tribe or clan in which everyone knows each other – into much a bigger grouping: a city, nation or empire?

Crowds vs Clouds: Who Owns the Future? & Digital Labor

Facebook moulds the interactions between people to such an extent that it can be said to comprise a ‘third author’.

Quand même: Against World Literature by Emily Apter

The central concept of Against World Literature is the ‘Untranslatable’: a word or other semantic unit that cannot easily be rendered from one language to another.