Filed under book | Tags: · algorithm, art, artificial intelligence, business, code, computing, data, database, event, governance, information, interaction, interface, knowledge, labour, language, machine, management, market, media, media theory, memory, military, networks, philosophy, political theory, politics, power, programming, software
Evil Media develops a philosophy of media power that extends the concept of media beyond its tried and trusted use in the games of meaning, symbolism, and truth. It addresses the gray zones in which media exist as corporate work systems, algorithms and data structures, twenty-first century self-improvement manuals, and pharmaceutical techniques. Evil Media invites the reader to explore and understand the abstract infrastructure of the present day. From search engines to flirting strategies, from the value of institutional stupidity to the malicious minutiae of databases, this book shows how the devil is in the details.
The title takes the imperative “Don’t be evil” and asks, what would be done any differently in contemporary computational and networked media were that maxim reversed.
Media here are about much more and much less than symbols, stories, information, or communication: media do things. They incite and provoke, twist and bend, leak and manage. In a series of provocative stratagems designed to be used, Evil Media sets its reader an ethical challenge: either remain a transparent intermediary in the networks and chains of communicative power or become oneself an active, transformative medium.
Publisher MIT Press, 2012
ISBN 0262304406, 9780262304405
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Filed under journal | Tags: · algorithm, bureaucracy, code, computing, data, database, software, software studies
This issue of the journal treats “the database [as] one of the crucial social technologies of our time. As such, it is in urgent need of technically informed critical analysis, the kind of analysis that has tended to be demoted in favour, for instance, of the more semiotically amenable exploration of the more obviously cultural widgets and interfaces of the front end of Web 2.0 technologies. Yet the history of the development of the database casts an interesting light on otherwise frequently algorithm-centric eulogies to the development of computing.” (from the Editorial)
With contributions by Michael Castelle, Evelyn Ruppert, Anne Helmond, Taina Bucher; reviews by Thor Magnusson, Harry Halpin, Håkan Råberg, Alan F. Blackwell, and Lone Koefoed Hansen.
Editorial group: Matthew Fuller, Andrew Goffey, Olga Goriunova, Graham Harwood, Adrian Mackenzie
Published in November 2013
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Filed under book | Tags: · algorithm, capitalism, database, free software, google, open source, search, software, technology
In The Dark Side of Google Italian writers’ collective Ippolita provides a thorough, fresh analysis of what is behind the universe of Google and the metadata industry. In recent years Google has established itself as a major point of Internet access. We have progressively adapted to its sober, reassuring interface and its advertisements (discretely off to the side, yet always present). We have adopted its services and the habit of using it to the degree that ‘googling’ has become a form of behavior: ‘If you don’t know what it is, Google it!’
Google shows mastery in taking advantage of our need for simplicity. We sit in front of a colossus, an incredibly pervasive system of managing knowledge, comprising aggressive marketing and shrewd management of its own image, and the propagation of highly configurable interfaces that are still implacably recognizable. What is more, Google co-opts methods for developing Free Software, the use of futuristic systems for gathering and storing data. What lies behind the most consulted search engine in the world?
Publisher Feltrinelli, Milan, 2007
Translated by Patrice Riemens
Publisher Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2013
Theory on Demand series, Vol. 13
Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works 3.0 Netherlands License
Luci e ombre di Google (Italian, 2007, draft)
La face cachée de Google (French, trans. Maxime Rovère, 2010, draft)
El lado oscuro de Google (Castilian, trans. Pino and Maria, 2010)
The Dark Side of Google (English, trans. Patrice Riemens, 2013)
Filed under book | Tags: · entertainment, software
This book is for all people who are forced to use UNIX. It is a humorous book–pure entertainment–that maintains that UNIX is a computer virus with a user interface. It features letters from the thousands posted on the Internet’s “UNIX-Haters” mailing list. It is not a computer handbook, tutorial, or reference. It is a self-help book that will let readers know they are not alone.
Foreword by Donald Norman, Apple Computers
Anti-Foreword by Dennis Ritchie, AT&T Bell Labs
Illustrations by John Klossner
Publisher IDG Books, San Mateo, CA, June 1994
ISBN 1568842031, 9781568842035
Filed under magazine | Tags: · 1990s, art, conspiracy, copyleft, copyright, media, media art, media culture, net culture, philosophy, politics, science fiction, software, subversion, surveillance, tactical media, technology
The mouthpiece of an international art-technology-philosophy collective founded in 1993, with its headquarters at Museumsquartier in Vienna.
Editor-in-chief: Johannes Grenzfurthner
Publisher Monochrom, Vienna
Download (No. 3: media dings, 1994/95, 68 pp)
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Download (No. 8-10: gebenedeit unter den illustrierten, 1998, 180 pp)