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What’s Left: Materialist Responses to the Internet

2003-09-13

Urging adaptibility and breadth, Mark Poster takes issue with the niches bored by early Internet critiques.

Virtuality and VRML: Software Studies After Manovich

2003-08-29

A call for (and example of) material studies of software from Matt Kirschenbaum, spurred by the Digital Arts and Culture conference, 2000.

"History is not what happened but what we think about it"

2003-07-17

Further on McElroy and a novel that reflects the mind’s helter-skelter workings while (for the protagonist) creating many occasions for avoidance.

Social Worlds of the Information Society: Lessons from the Calumet Region

2003-08-29

U.S. Steel chiefs and AOL-Time Warner executives span one hundred years of decimation wrapped in rhetoric. John Monberg annotates their enduring logics of expansion.

McElroy's Metropolitan Constructions

2003-07-10

Shells, Tents, Slaps, Shocks: Steffen Hantke works slowly, from within, to get at McElroy’s nonlinear narrative.

Sim Capital: General Intellect, World Market, Species Being, and the Video Game

2003-08-29

Nick Dyer-Witheford figures the place of video games in the global market, drawing on Marx’s “species being” for scratch paper.

Stream of Thought

2003-07-18

On the occasion of a new novel by Joseph McElroy and the Overlook Press reissue of McElroy’s earlier work, Andrew Walser initiates a revaluation.

Histories of the Future

2003-06-22

Steve Shaviro reviews Tomorrow Now by Bruce Sterling, a book that (for an eminent cyberpunk novelist) is perhaps too sane and sensible.

Histories of the Present

2003-06-12

Darren Tofts reviews a popularization by Marie O’Mahony and an auto-critique of cyberculture by Andrew Murphie and John Potts.

Textual Events (3 of 5)

2003-09-14

How to commodify “intellectual property” when the object, a text, is made of other texts, and each reading is a re-writing? The Politics of Information, Part 3, considers the identity of event and machine.

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