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When Technocultures Collide provides rich and diverse studies of collision courses between technologically inspired subcultures and the corporate and governmental entities they seek to undermine. The adventures and exploits of computer hackers, phone phreaks, urban explorers, calculator and computer collectors, “CrackBerry” users, whistle-blowers, Yippies, zinsters, roulette cheats, chess geeks, and a range of losers and tinkerers feature prominently in this volume. Gary Genosko analyzes these practices for their remarkable diversity and their innovation and leaps of imagination. He assesses the results of a number of operations, including the Canadian stories of Mafiaboy, Jeff Chapman of Infiltration, and BlackBerry users.

The author provides critical accounts of highly specialized attributes, such as the prospects of deterritorialized computer mice and big toe computing, the role of electrical grid hacks in urban technopolitics, and whether info-addiction and depression contribute to tactical resistance. Beyond resistance, however, the goal of this work is to find examples of technocultural autonomy in the minor and marginal cultural productions of small cultures, ethico-poetic diversions, and sustainable withdrawals with genuine therapeutic potential to surpass accumulation, debt, and competition. The dangers and joys of these struggles for autonomy are underlined in studies of RIM’s BlackBerry and Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks website.



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Date de parution 25 octobre 2013
Nombre de lectures 9
EAN13 9781554588985
Langue English
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Innovation from Below and the Struggle for Autonomy
Gary Genosko
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Introduction 1 Beyond Hands Free: Big-Toe Computing 29 Cultures of Calculation: William Gibson Collects 41 Rebel with an IV Pole: Portrait of Ninjalicious as an Urban Explorer 57 Home-Grown Hacker 77 Hacking the Grid: Does Electricity Want to Be Free? 107 Whistle Test: Blindness and Phone Phreaking 121 In Praise of Weak Play: Against the Chess Computers 133 CrackBerry: Addiction and Corporate Discipline 145 WikiLeaks and the Vicissitudes of Transparency 153 Conclusion 171
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ver the course of the ten years that I ran the Technocul-O ture Lab, I was fortunate to have a number of very tal-ented graduate students who assisted me in several of the projects that appear as chapters in this book. I am indebted to the work of Scott Thompson (creator of the tables) during the period when I was writing about Mafiaboy, and to Andriko Lozowy, who helped me first define the issues around Crack-Berry abuse and really drill down theoretically into failure.  During his regular visits to the Lab, Paul Hegarty worked with me on redirecting concepts from Bataille and Baudril-lard towards info-tech objects and systems, especially the big toe as a way of productive disabling. Our Bletchley Park scav-enger hunt was a catalyst (http://www.ctheory.net/articles .aspx?id=613). I am also grateful to Roberta Buiani with whom I collaborated on a postdoctoral project concerning Italian Yippies (for the journalCultural Studies). Working on a book, and making a film with Franco Bifo Berardi (After the Future), proved to be transformative for my thinking about the direc-tion in which technoculture is headed, and about the fuzzy destinies of post-autonomist thought and practice. Greg Elmer, Ganaele Langlois, and Alessandra Renzi at the Infoscape Lab at Ryerson University were especially generous with their sup-port during Bifo’s visits to Toronto. I first aired my electrical dreams of utility hacks there. The participants in my WikiLeaks graduate seminar enthusiastically embraced the challenge of trying to make sense of a developing story and to analyze whistle-blowing. I will be revisiting the latest instalments of the WikiLeaks saga in a further seminar as it undertakes some of
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