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The Holy Fools- Richard Barbrook

The Lost Utopia The Net is haunted by the disappointed hopes of the Sixties. Because this new technology symbolises another period of rapid change, many contemporary commentators look back to the stalled revolution of thirty years ago to explain what ...

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The Hi-Tech Gift Economy- Richard Barbrook

The Legacy of the New Left “… when … [Ben Slivka] suggested that Microsoft consider giving away its browser, à la Netscape, Gates exploded and called him a ‘communist’ … [1] The Net is haunted by the disappointed hopes of ...

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Class of The New- Richard Barbrook

Netizens, elancers, cognitarians, swarm-capitalists, hackers, produsumers, knowledge workers, pro-ams… these are just a few of the monikers that have been applied to the new social class emerging from the networked workplace. Download the Book for free from the Class of ...

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MOBILE MANIFESTO, 2000

7th November 2000 1.0 Is WAP crap? Early adopters can only access the pleasures of new technologies by accepting the pains of beta-testing the future. 2.0 When will the hardware come up to speed? Net users assume that large screens, ...

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The Californian Ideology by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron

“Not to lie about the future is impossible and one can lie about it at will” – Naum Gabo [1] As the Dam Bursts… At the end of the twentieth century, the long predicted convergence of the media, computing and ...

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Cybersalon visit London’s ‘Bitcoin squat’

This article appeared on Wired‘s website 15 MAY 13 by NIKI GOMEZ This is a guest post by Niki Gomez, a Digital Strategist and co-founder of Cybersalon, a thinktank on net culture. She’s a graduate of MIT and works between ...

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Lecture 1: Process of Modernity from Politics & Media Freedom

  Lecture Notes No media without modernity, no modernity without media. 140,000 years ago: hunter-gatherer tribes. 12,000 years ago: agricultural villages. 4,000 years ago: market towns. 300 years ago: capitalist cities. Politics and economics are phenomena of the last 4,000 ...

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Cyber-Communism- Richard Barbrook

Ghosts in the Machine A spectre is haunting the Net: the spectre of communism. Reflecting the extravagance of the new media, this spectre takes two distinct forms: the theoretical appropriation of Stalinist communism and the everyday practice of cyber-communism. Whatever ...

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