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The exploit: a theory of networks

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Minneapolis : University of Minnesota, : 2007.
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VII, 196 s. ; 30 cm.
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"The Exploit is that rare thing: a book with a clear grasp of how networks operate that also understands the political implications of this emerging form of power. It cuts through the nonsense about how 'free' and 'democratic' networks supposedly are, and it offers a rich analysis of how network protocols create a new kind of control. Essential reading for all theorists, artists, activists, techheads, and hackers of the Net." --McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker Manifesto

The network has become the core organizational structure for postmodern politics, culture, and life, replacing the modern era's hierarchical systems. From peer-to-peer file sharing and massive multiplayer online game s to contagion vectors of digital or biological viruses and global affiliations of terrorist organizations, the network form has become so invasive that nearly every aspect of contemporary society can be located within it.

Borrowing their title from the hacker term for a program that takes advantage of a flaw in a network system, Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker challenge the widespread assumption that networks are inherently egalitarian. Instead, they contend that there exist new modes of control entirely native to networks, modes that are at once highly centralized and dispersed, corporate and subversive.

In this provocative book-length essay, Galloway and Thacker argue that a whole new topology must be invented to resist and reshape the network form, one that is as asymmetrical in relationship to networks as the network is in relation to hierarchy.

Alexander R. Galloway is associate professor of culture and communications at New York University and the author of Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (Minnesota, 2006) and Protocol: How Control Exists after Decentralization.

Eugene Thacker is associate professor of new media at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the author of Biomedia (Minnesota, 2004) and The Global Genome: Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture.

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Galloway (New York Univ.) and Thacker (Georgia Institute of Technology) argue that the "network" metaphor suits politics better than ever before, given the many structures (economic, treaty, governmental, nongovernmental) feeding into and affecting labor, education, and social reform. For example, the authors contend, the US's "will to power," particularly in the last decade, is one network. The format of the book is unusual: the first part comprises brief statements in italic followed by narrative that expands on the italicized material; the second part includes brief essays, modules, and fragments. The text is difficult to follow. The authors provide no table of contents and no chapter headings to guide the reader, and the extensive index does not compensate. Accordingly, the reader has no choice but to read the book straight through, as opposed to going to a chapter of particular interest. The authors do provide extensive traditional notes and an appendix of "notes for a liberated computer language," but the lack of a comprehensive bibliography is noteworthy. Summing Up: Not recommended. S. M. Marcus City University of New York Queens College


On Reading This Bookp. vii
Prolegomenon: "We're Tired of Trees"p. 1
Provisional Response 1 Political Aromism (the Nietzschean Argument)
Provisional Response 2 Unilateralism versus Multilateralism (the Foucauldian Argument)
Provisional Response 3 Ubiquity and Universality (the Determinist Argument)
Provisional Response 4 Occultism and Cryptography (the Nominalist Argument)
Part I Modes 23
Technology (or Theory)
Theory (or Technology)
Protocol in Computer Networks
Protocol in Biological Networks
An Encoded Life
Toward a Political Ontology of Networks
The Defacement of Enmity
Biopolitics and Protocol
The Exploit
Part II Edgesp. 103
The Datum of Cura I
The Datum of Cura II
Sovereignty and Biology I
Sovereignty and Biology II
Abandoning the Body Politic
The Ghost in the Network
Birth of the Algorithm
Political Animals
Sovereignty and the State of Emergency
Fork Bomb I
Epidemic and Endemic
Network Being
Good Viruses (SimSARS I)
Medical Surveillance (SimSARS II)
Feedback versus Interaction I
Feedback versus Interaction II
Rhetorics of Freedom
A Google Search for My Body
Divine Metabolism
Fork Bomb II
The Paranormal and the Pathological I
The Paranormal and the Pathological II
Universals of Identification
RFC001b: BmTP
Fork Bomb III
Unknown Unknowns
Codification, Not Reification
Tactics of Nonexistence
Disappearance; or, I've Seen It
All Before
Stop Motion
Pure Metal
The Hypertrophy of Matter (Four Definitions and One Axiom)
The User and the Programmer
Fork Bomb IV
There Is No Content
Trash, Junk, Spam
Coda: Bits and Atomsp. 149
Appendix Notes for a Liberated Computer Languagep. 159
Notesp. 167
Indexp. 183