[rohrpost] Announcing a new book on the dark side of network
culture: THE SPAM BOOK
miyazaki.shintaro at gmail.com
Die Sep 8 15:00:11 CEST 2009
(von Jussi Parikka, Autor von Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology
of Computer Viruses” by Jussi Parikka (Peter Lang Books, 2007, 327
Announcing a new book on the dark side of network culture: THE SPAM BOOK
On Viruses, Porn, and Other Anomalies From the Dark Side of Digital
Culture edited by Jussi Parikka and Tony D. Sampson. With Foreword by
Hampton Press, 2009
For those of us increasingly reliant on email networks in our everyday
social interactions, spam can be a pain; it can annoy; it can deceive;
it can overload. Yet spam can also entertain and perplex us. This book
is an aberration into the dark side of network culture. Instead of
regurgitating stories of technological progress or over celebrating
creative social media on the Internet, it filters contemporary culture
through its anomalies. The book features theorists writing on spam,
porn, censorship, and viruses. The evil side of media theory is
exposed to theoretical interventions and innovative case studies that
touch base with new media and Internet studies and the sociology of
new network culture, as well as post-representational cultural analysis.
“Parikka and Sampson present the latest insights from the humanities
into software studies. This compendium is for all you digital
Freudians. Electronic deviances no longer originate in Californian
cyber fringes but are hardwired into planetary normalcy. Bugs breed
inside our mobile devices. The virtual mainstream turns out to be
rotten. The Spam book is for anyone interested in new media theory.”
—Geert Lovink, Dutch/Australian media theorist
“What if all those things we most hate about the Internet—the spam,
the viruses, the phishing sites, the flame wars, the latency and lag
and interruptions of service, and the glitches that crash our computers
—what if all these are not bugs, but features? What if they
constitute, in fact, the way the system functions? The Spam Book
explores this disquieting possibility.”
—Steven Shaviro, DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University
Foreword, Sadie Plant.
On Anomalous Objects of Digital Culture: An Introduction, Jussi
Parikka and Tony D. Sampson.
Mutant and Viral: Artificial Evolution and Software Ecology, John
How Networks Become Viral: Three
Questions Concerning Universal Contagion, Tony D. Sampson.
Extensive Abstraction in Digital Architecture, Luciana Parisi.
Unpredictable Legacies: Viral Games in the Networked World, Roberta
Archives of Software—Malicious Codes and the Aesthesis of Media
Accidents, Jussi Parikka.
Contagious Noise: From Digital Glitches to Audio Viruses, Steve Goodman.
Toward an Evil Media Studies, Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey.
Irregular Fantasies, Anomalous Uses: Pornography Spam as Boundary
Work, Susanna Paasonen.
Make Porn, Not War: How to Wear the Network’s Underpants, Katrien
Can Desire Go On Without a Body?: Pornographic Exchange as Orbital
Anomaly, Dougal Phillips.
Robots.txt: The Politics of Search Engine Exclusion, Greg Elmer.
The Internet Treats Censorship as a Malfunction and Routes Around It?:
A New Media
Approach to the Study of State Internet Censorship, Richard Rogers.
On Narcolepsy, Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker.
Orders from Hampton Press:
as well as bookstores and online sellers.
Goldsmiths College, London:
Friday, September 25th, 6-8pm (prompt)
Ben Pimlott Building, (silver building with squiggle) Goldsmiths,
Lewisham Way New Cross
Contributors to the book will make short interventions based on their
Dr Jussi Parikka is Reader in Media Theory and History at Anglia
Ruskin University Cambridge. He has a PhD in Cultural History from
University of Turku, Finland and is now the co-director of the Anglia
Research Centre in Digital Culture. He is the author of Digital
Contagions – A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses (2007). More
info: http://www.jussiparikka.com , Jussi.parikka at anglia.ac.uk,
mobile: + 44 (0)7846 476 425.
Dr Tony D. Sampson is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in New Media at
The University of East London. He has a PhD in Sociology from the
University of Essex. More info: http://homepages.uel.ac.uk/T.D.Sampson/research.htm
, email: t.d.sampson at uel.ac.uk
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