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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 4:41PM   |  3 comments

Week 7 looked at the phenomenon of Wikileaks, and especially how it intersects with digital and physical borders on the so-called "immaterial" Internet.

Readings

Geert Lovink and Patrice Riemens, “<nettime&rt; Twelve Theses on Wikileaks by Geert Lovink & Patrice Riemens”, December 7, 2010, (accessed January 23, 2011)

Alexander R. Galloway, Protocol (Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press, 2004), 28–53, 240–246

Gabriella Coleman, “Code is Speech: Legal Tinkering, Expertise, and Protest among Free and Open Source Software Developers”, Cultural Anthropology 24, no. 3 (2009)

Gabriella Coleman, “What It’s Like to Participate in Anonymous’ Actions - Gabriella Coleman - Technology - The Atlantic”, December 10, 2010 (accessed January 23, 2011)

Faculty of the College of Ontopoetic Machines, “<nettime> Six Anti-Theses on WikiLeaks”, December 11, 2010, (accessed January 23, 2011)

Projects

Wikileaks

Wikirebels



3 Comments

(Redirected from Julian Weisner's post:)

The so-called "benefits" of our ever-increasing technology is something that I think about quite often. In an era where Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts are what defines and shapes our identities - digital and real - it becomes necessary to assess the actual importance of all of these bits and pieces of technology. What does the fact that we (as a collective) put forth these digital representations of ourselves implicate for our futures? Is the internet and smart phones truly the way to our future or are we completely losing sight of what is actually important? Will the advances of technology ever truly render actual, physical, real interactions between humans moot? It seems as though technology has made humans unable to express ourselves to others. It seems as though sharing our emotions and articulating our feelings has become less and less common in face-to-face interactions these days. Perhaps the result of technology on humans has been a loss of connection with our own feelings and the simultaneous ability to express these emotions.

Claire- I agree with you. Sometimes the technology that is available to us and that we are dependent on in modern times seems excessive. However it also has its benefits. Without the internet it would be harder for web 2.0 projects such as LOVE LUNCH COMMUNITY, RMB CITY, and JOURNEY TO THE END OF COAL to be available to the public sphere. Communication would be more limited. Mass media would overwhelm the social and economic viewpoints for a great deal of the masses. Projects such as WIKILEAKS allow for communication and dialogue about current issues. The truth about current events is allowed to permeate into the consciousness of everyday individuals through technology. It provides another mode for conversation that otherwise wouldn't be available.

Claire, I think you raise some essential questions in this post. I've heard so many stories (from members of older generations) that people actually used to talk to each other in public places like malls and shopping centers instead of walking around with their faces (and minds) buried in their cell phones. I think the proliferation of mobile media over the past few years has had a significant effect on socialization (just take a look at the kids who are in high school now and you will know what I mean!). It would be fascinating to see some research on this topic and back up our potentially antiquated romanticism with some quantitative and qualitative data.



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