Exploit A Theory of Networks

ISBN-10: 0816650446

ISBN-13: 9780816650446

Edition: 2007

Authors: Alexander R. Galloway, Eugene Thacker

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ldquo;The Exploitis that rare thing: a book with a clear grasp of how networks operate that also understands the political implications of this emerging form of power. It cuts through the nonsense about how 'free' and 'democratic' networks supposedly are, and it offers a rich analysis of how network protocols create a new kind of control. Essential reading for all theorists, artists, activists, techheads, and hackers of the Net.rdquo; -McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker Manifesto nbsp; The network has become the core organizational structure for postmodern politics, culture, and life, replacing the modern erarsquo;s hierarchical systems. From peer-to-peer file sharing and massive multiplayer online games to contagion vectors of digital or biological viruses and global affiliations of terrorist organizations, the network form has become so invasive that nearly every aspect of contemporary society can be located within it. nbsp; Borrowing their title from the hacker term for a program that takes advantage of a flaw in a network system, Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker challenge the widespread assumption that networks are inherently egalitarian. Instead, they contend that there exist new modes of control entirely native to networks, modes that are at once highly centralized and dispersed, corporate and subversive. nbsp; In this provocative book-length essay, Galloway and Thacker argue that a whole new topology must be invented to resist and reshape the network form, one that is as asymmetrical in relationship to networks as the network is in relation to hierarchy. nbsp; Alexander R. Galloway is associate professor of culture and communications at New York University and the author of Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture(Minnesota, 2006) and Protocol: How Control Exists after Decentralization. nbsp; Eugene Thacker is associate professor of new media at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the author of Biomedia(Minnesota, 2004) and The Global Genome: Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

On Reading This Book
Prolegomenon: "We're Tired of Trees"
Political Atomism (the Nietzschean Argument)
Unilateralism versus
Multilateralism (the Foucauldian Argument)
Ubiquity and Universality (the Determinist Argument)
Occultism and Cryptography (the Nominalist Argument)
Nodes
Technology (or Theory)
Theory (or Technology)
Protocol in Computer Networks
Protocol in Biological Networks
An Encoded Life
Toward a Political Ontology of Networks
The Defacement of Enmity
Biopolitics and Protocol
Life-Resistance
The Exploit
Counterprotocol
Edges
Abandoning the Body Politic
The Ghost in the Network
Birth of the Algorithm
Political Animals
Sovereignty and the State of Emergency
Epidemic and Endemic
Network Being
Good Viruses (SimSARS I)
Medical Surveillance (SimSARS II)
Rhetorics of Freedom
A Google Search for My Body
Divine Metabolism
Universals of Identification
RFC001b: BmTP
Unknown Unknowns
Codification, Not Reification
Tactics of Nonexistence
Disappearance; or, I've Seen It All Before
Stop Motion
Pure Metal
The Hypertrophy of Matter (Four Definitions and One Axiom)
The User and the Programmer
Interface
There Is No Content
Trash, Junk, Spam
Coda: Bits and Atoms
Notes for a Liberated Computer Language
Notes
Index
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