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[- My First Recession

Author: Geert Lovink

Topic: new publication
Keywords: net criticism, media theory, internet studies

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My First Recession
Critical Internet Culture in Transition

By Geert Lovink

ISBN 90-5662-353-2
V2_Publishers, Rotterdam, 2003

My First Recession starts after the party is over. This study maps the
transition of critical Internet culture from the mid to late 1990s Internet
craze to the dotcom crash, the subsequent meltdown of global financial
markets and 9/11. In his discussion of the dotcom boom-and-bust cycle, Geert
Lovink lays out the challenges faced by critical Internet culture today. In
a series of case studies, Lovink meticulously describes the ambivalent
attitude that artists and activists take as they veer back and forth between
euphoria and skepticism. As a part of this process, Lovink examines the
internal dynamics of virtual communities through an analysis of the use of
moderation and "collaborative filtering" on mailing lists and weblogs. He
also confronts the practical and theoretical problems that appear as artists
join the growing number of new-media education programs. Delving into the
unexplored gold mines of list archives and weblogs, Lovink reveals a world
that is largely unknown to both the general public and the Internet

Geert Lovink is a Australian-based Dutch media theorist and Internet critic,
a co-founder of numerous online projects such as Nettime and Fibreculture,
and the author of Dark Fiber and Uncanny Networks.

Table of Contents: Introduction: Currents in Critical Internet Culture;
Post-speculative Internet Theory, Three Positions: Dreyfus, Castells,
Lessig; Anatomy of Dotcommania, Overview of Recent Literature; Deep Europe
and the Kosovo Conflict, a History of the V2_East/Syndicate Network;
Principles of Streaming Sovereignty, a History of the Xchange Network;
Oekonux and the Free Software Model, From Linux to the GPL-Society; The
Battle over New Media Art Education, Models and Experiences; Defining Open
Publishing, Of Lists and Weblogs; Conclusion: Boundaries and Sustainable


V2 Publishing titles are distributed through the publishing house of the
Netherlands Architecture Institute. The book will be available in Europe in
the Fall 2003 and in the USA and through Amazon from January 2004.

V2_Publishing Eendrachtsstraat 10 3012 XL Rotterdam The Netherlands tel:
+ fax:+ For publicity
please contact Marije Stijkel (,).

Direct ordering through V2:

Available in North, South and Central America through D.A.P./Distributed Art
Publishers Inc, 155 Sixth Avenue 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013-1507, Tel 212
6271999, Fax 212 6279484.

Available in the United Kingdom and Ireland through Art Data, 12 Bell
Industrial Estate, 50 Cunnington Street, London W4 5HB, Tel 208 7471061, Fax
208 7422319.

Available in Australia and New Zealand through Modern Journal, Robyn Ralton,
P.O. Box 1082 Collingwood 3066 Australia tel/fax 0061 3 9481 2877 email

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Submitted by GeertLovink
Posted on Mon Sep 22, 2003 at 7:33 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME

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