When Technocultures Collide

When Technocultures Collide

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When Technocultures Collide provides rich and diverse studies of collision courses between technologically inspired subcultures and the corporate and governmental entities they seek to undermine. The adventures and exploits of computer hackers, phone phreaks, urban explorers, calculator and computer collectors, a€œCrackBerrya€ users, whistle-blowers, Yippies, zinsters, roulette cheats, chess geeks, and a range of losers and tinkerers feature prominently in this volume. Gary Genosko analyzes these practices for their remarkable diversity and their innovation and leaps of imagination. He assesses the results of a number of operations, including the Canadian stories of Mafiaboy, Jeff Chapman of Infiltration, and BlackBerry users. The author provides critical accounts of highly specialized attributes, such as the prospects of deterritorialized computer mice and big toe computing, the role of electrical grid hacks in urban technopolitics, and whether info-addiction and depression contribute to tactical resistance. Beyond resistance, however, the goal of this work is to find examples of technocultural autonomy in the minor and marginal cultural productions of small cultures, ethico-poetic diversions, and sustainable withdrawals with genuine therapeutic potential to surpass accumulation, debt, and competition. The dangers and joys of these struggles for autonomy are underlined in studies of RIMa€™s BlackBerry and Julian Assangea€™s WikiLeaks website.In particular, he came out as a collector, for a brief period at least, of mechanical wristwatches. ... of confessional writing is how it points to a pre-digital aesthetic of the mechanical, excessively manual, wind-up, stainless steel, crystal, and poetically postwar. ... Note how character Cayce Pollard is so attentive to watches (the Rolex Daytona she declines to purchase from a street vendor in Tokyo near theanbsp;...

Title:When Technocultures Collide
Author:Gary Genosko
Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press - 2013-11-23


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