[NetBehaviour] BOOK LAUNCH - 'The Spam Book: On Viruses, Porn, and Other Anomalies from the Dark Side of, Digital Culture'

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Sep 16 12:40:16 CEST 2009

'The Spam Book: On Viruses, Porn, and Other Anomalies from the Dark Side of
Digital Culture'
Edited by: Jussi Parikka and Tony D. Sampson
(Hampton Press, Alternative Communications Series, 2009)

Friday, September 25th, 6-8pm (prompt)

Room 3/4
Ben Pimlott Building,  (silver building with squiggle)
Goldsmiths, Lewisham Way
New Cross

Contributors to the book will make short interventions based on their texts:

Matthew Fuller
Andrew Goffey
Steve Goodman
Jussi Parikka
Sadie Plant
Tony Sampson

For those of us increasingly reliant on email networks in our everyday
social interactions, spam can be a pain; it can annoy; it can deceive; it
can overload. Yet spam can also entertain and perplex us. This book is an
aberration into the dark side of network culture. Instead of regurgitating
stories of technological progress or over-celebrating creative social media
on the Internet, it filters contemporary culture through its anomalies. The
book features theorists writing on spam, porn, censorship, and viruses. The
evil side of media theory is exposed to theoretical interventions and
innovative case studies that touch base with new media and Internet studies
and the sociology of new network culture, as well as post-representational
cultural theory.

Foreword, Sadie Plant
On Anomalous Objects of Digital Culture: An Introduction, Jussi Parikka and
Tony D. Sampson.
Mutant and Viral: Artificial Evolution and Software Ecology, John Johnston.
How Networks Become Viral: Three Questions Concerning Universal Contagion,
Tony D. Sampson.
Extensive Abstraction in Digital Architecture, Luciana Parisi.
Unpredictable Legacies: Viral Games in the Networked World, Roberta Buiani.
Archives of Software—Malicious Codes and the Aesthesis of Media
Accidents, Jussi Parikka.
Contagious Noise: From Digital Glitches to Audio Viruses, Steve Goodman.
Toward an Evil Media Studies, Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey.
Irregular Fantasies, Anomalous Uses:Pornography Spam as Boundary Work,
Susanna Paasonen. Make Porn, Not War: How to Wear the Network’s
Underpants, Katrien Jacobs.
Can Desire Go On Without a Body?: Pornographic Exchange as Orbital Anomaly,
Dougal Phillips.
Robots.txt: The Politics of Search Engine Exclusion, Greg Elmer.
The Internet Treats Censorship as a Malfunction and Routes Around It?: A
New Media
Approach to the Study of State Internet Censorship, Richard Rogers.
On Narcolepsy, Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker.

Organised by: The Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of
Dr. Matthew Fuller
David Gee Reader in Digital Media

Centre for Cultural Studies
Goldsmiths College
University of London
New Cross
London SE14 6NW

e: m.fuller at gold.ac.uk
t: +44 (0)20 7919 7206
w: http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/cultural-studies/staff/m-fuller.php

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