Tracking Critical Internet Culture
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Dark Fiber by Geert Lovink
Book DescriptionAccording to media critic Geert Lovink, the Internet is being closed off by corporations and governments intent on creating a business and information environment free of dissent. Calling himself a radical media pragmatist, Lovink envisions an Internet culture that goes beyond the engineering culture that spawned it to bring humanities, user groups, social movements, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), artists, and cultural critics into the core of Internet development. In Dark Fiber, Lovink combines aesthetic and ethical concerns and issues of navigation and usability without ever losing sight of the cultural and economic agendas of those who control hardware, software, content, design, and delivery. He examines the unwarranted faith of the cyber-libertarians in the ability of market forces to create a decentralized, accessible communication system. He studies the inner dynamics of hackers' groups, Internet activists, and artists, seeking to understand the social laws of online life. Finally, he calls for the injection of political and economic competence into the community of freedom-loving cyber-citizens, to wrest the Internet from corporate and state control. The topics include the erosion of email, bandwidth for all, the rise and fall of dot-com mania, techno-mysticism, sustainable social networks, the fight for a public Internet time standard, the strategies of Internet activists, mailing list culture, and collaborative text filtering. Stressing the importance of intercultural collaboration, Lovink includes reports from Albania, where NGOs and artists use new media to combat the country's poverty and isolation; from Taiwan, where the September 1999 earthquake highlighted the cultural politics of the Internet; and from Delhi, where a new media center explores free software, public access, and Hindi interfaces.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262621809
(229mm x 178mm x 20mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Geert Lovink
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Social Media Abyss plunges into the paradoxical condition of the new digital normal versus a lived state of emergency. There is a heightened, post-Snowden awareness; we know we are under surveillance but we click, share, rank and remix with a perverse indifference to technologies of capture and cultures of fear.
Networks without a Cause, Paperback (February 2012)
* This book is a cutting-edge critical analysis of our contemporary networked world.
Everyone is a Designer; in the Age of Social Media, Paperback (June 2010)
The position of design itself in the ever expanding areas it finds itself in.
Zero Comments, Hardback (May 2006)» View all books by Geert Lovink
Dealing with blogs on Internet, this book develops a 'general theory of blogging' and unpacks the ways that blogs exhibit a 'nihilist impulse' to empty out established meaning structures. It also explores other changes to Internet culture, as well.
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Author Biography - Geert Lovink
Geert Lovink is an independent media theorist and net critic. He is the founder of nettime mailing lists, a member of Adilkno, and a cofounder of the online community server Digital City.
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