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Evil Media

Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey

Publication Year: 2012

A philosophical manual of media power for the network age.

Published by: The MIT Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. 1-24

Evil Media is an attempt to develop an understanding of contemporary media systems, techniques, and practices of mediation in an era of participation, of massive networks in which contests are waged as much between technical systems as between ideas or more ostensibly social forces, ...

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pp. 25-46

Evil media have a history. We have alluded to some elements of this past in the introduction, but such histories need not extend centuries into deep time or sport the names of famed scholars and diplomats; they may also exist in the shallow history of electronic media and echo emptily to the fame of nameless operatives. ...

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pp. 47-68

It can be difficult to get people to cooperate. It can be difficult to get technological artifacts to cooperate. To excel at the hackerly skill of social engineering, “ you have to understand how people think and to see where that intersects with technology. ” 1 ...

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pp. 69-82

Economics is sometimes described as the discipline concerned with establishing the correct means of allocating scarce resources. In the context of digital abundance at least, what is often scarce is scarcity itself. Thus, paying attention to the mechanisms for the deferral of access, of gratification, ...

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pp. 83-104

The concept of the algorithm has been pressed into service in recent years for thinking through processes that would not at first blush be considered to have any of the features that computer scientists normally associate with their core area of expertise: the dynamics of particular kinds of cultural forms, social networking, ...

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pp. 105-124

One of the many different “ systemic ” ways of addressing the shape of practices in the world of production, workflow recommends itself to a study of evil media because of the peculiar place that the ensemble of tools, techniques, and technologies that make it up occupy in the creation of the abstract spaces of the contemporary economy. ...

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pp. 125-146

A basic scenario sketched out across the range of stratagems we have explored here is one in which some technique, technology, tool, device, practice, chemical, concept, or other such thing operates to shape and configure the possibilities of a situation, influencing the way in which it can change, the dynamics operative within it. ...

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pp. 147-172

In other stratagems, we have noted the existence of a “ grammar ” for continuous reeducation, a grammar that codifies a set of software technologies, of machine environments, and thus offers the possibility of an algorithmic dynamic to thought and to becoming. ...


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pp. 173-200


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pp. 201-216


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pp. 217-236

E-ISBN-13: 9780262305327
Print-ISBN-13: 9780262017855

Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2012