A Hacker Manifesto (Google eBook)

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Computers - 208 pages
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A double is haunting the world--the double of abstraction, the virtual reality of information, programming or poetry, math or music, curves or colorings upon which the fortunes of states and armies, companies and communities now depend. The bold aim of this book is to make manifest the origins, purpose, and interests of the emerging class responsible for making this new world--for producing the new concepts, new perceptions, and new sensations out of the stuff of raw data.

"A Hacker Manifesto" deftly defines the fraught territory between the ever more strident demands by drug and media companies for protection of their patents and copyrights and the pervasive popular culture of file sharing and pirating. This vexed ground, the realm of so-called "intellectual property," gives rise to a whole new kind of class conflict, one that pits the creators of information--the hacker class of researchers and authors, artists and biologists, chemists and musicians, philosophers and programmers--against a possessing class who would monopolize what the hacker produces.

Drawing in equal measure on Guy Debord and Gilles Deleuze, "A Hacker Manifesto" offers a systematic restatement of Marxist thought for the age of cyberspace and globalization. In the widespread revolt against commodified information, McKenzie Wark sees a utopian promise, beyond the property form, and a new progressive class, the hacker class, who voice a shared interest in a new information commons.

  

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User Review  - Jacob - Goodreads

read a .pdf of this on an iphone, mostly while on public transit or while waiting for public transit. Read full review

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User Review  - Sharon - Goodreads

I define it as making things accessible while circumventing the laws that insulate privilege; hacking can be a useful tool for achieving the conditions necessary for sustaining the social justice myth. Read full review

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Contents
ABSTRACTION
CLASS
EDUCATION
HACKING
HISTORY
INFORMATION
NATURE
REPRESENTATION
REVOLT
STATE
SUBJECT
SURPLUS
VECTOR
WORLD
WRITINGS

PRODUCTION
PROPERTY

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