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a c k n o w l e d g m e n t s This book came in fits and spurts over a six-year period, from 2000 to early 2006. During this time I taught in several different environments and institutions ; and in a sense, this project was one of the only tangible elements which gave a sense of continuity to my daily life, threading its problématique through the streets of Melbourne, Geneva, Amsterdam, and New York. I am not in a position to tell whether these different places—and more importantly, the people I encountered—have any noticeable influence on different passages or chapters. What I do know for certain is that it is impossible to rethink the concepts of love, community, and technology without exposing oneself to nearly lethal doses of each. And for this reason, I’d like to acknowledge those who wittingly, unwittingly, or even despite their express wishes had an impact on the following pages. Wlad Godzich, Rick Waswo, Thomas Elsaesser, Simon During, Steven Shaviro, Carl Skelton, Sumita Chakravarty, and McKenzie Wark acted as patrons, benefactors, mentors, coconspirators, and intellectual inspiration. Pierre Grosjean, Drehli Robnik, Gabu Heindl, Wanda Strauven, Ria Thanouli , and Malte Hagener provided vodka-infused companionship and lucid arguments to my more half-baked assertions. Justin Clemens, Karolina Krebs, Eddie Maloney, Dan Ross, David Odell, and Carrie Olivia Adams all deserve special mentions for the very different ways in which they embody the more utopian possibilities which lie latent in each moment (and because they email me a lot). An earlier version of the Introduction was published in Parachute, no. 101, 2001. This research was first undertaken in the English with Cultural Studies Department, University of Melbourne, where I am currently an Honorary Fellow. PAGE vii vii ................. 16234$ $ACK 10-19-06 10:43:22 PS viii Acknowledgments My endless gratitude goes to Helen Tartar for her long-term interest and faith in my manuscript, as well as the anonymous readers, whose sharp-eyed and illuminating feedback helped refine the final product. Finally, my greatest thanks go to Merritt, who on a daily basis reminds me why love is such a crucial concept for us all to face head-on. PAGE viii ................. 16234$ $ACK 10-19-06 10:43:22 PS ...


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