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McKenzie Wark: A Hacker Manifesto

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.

McKenzie Wark is Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Eugene Lang College and of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. His best known works are A Hacker Manifesto and Gamer Theory.

 

What Ken Wark's book does is take us deep into the philosophy of hacking: it gives us a new way of seeing those irreverent folks who play for keeps with digital culture. Think of his book as a lexicon that says "play with digital culture like you would play with DNA--carefully." It's not every day that you get a book that takes you deep into the realm of practical analysis of the ways that we abstract thought and action in search for more kicks on-line, and for almost all aspects of control in digital culture from the top down "Hacker Manifesto" says--this is about exploration, this is about freedom. Inside out, upside down, information always wants to be free, and this is the book that shows us why.
--Paul D. Miller a.k.a. Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid author of Rhythm Science

Ours is once again an age of manifestos. Wark's book challenges the new regime of property relations with all the epigrammatic vitality, conceptual innovation, and revolutionary enthusiasm of the great manifestos
--Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire

A Hacker Manifesto is a highly original and provocative book. At a moment in history where we are starved of new political ideas and directions, the clarity with which Wark identifies a new political class is persuasive, and his ability to articulate their interests is remarkable.
--Marcus Boon, author of The Road of Excess

McKenzie Wark's A Hacker Manifesto might also be called, without too much violence to its argument, The Communist Manifesto 2.0. In essence, it's an attempt to update the core of Marxist theory for that relatively novel set of historical circumstances known as the information age.
--Julian Dibbell, author of Play Money: Diary of a Dubious Proposition

Contents

ABSTRACTION 13
CLASS 2 3
EDUCATION 37
HACKING 49
HISTORY 59
INFORMATION 75
NATURE 81
PRODUCTION 89
PROPERTY 99
REPRESENTATION 115
RESISTANCE 127
STATE 139
SUBJECT 149
SURPLUS VALUE 161
VECTOR 169
WORLD 185
NOTES 205
FOREWORD 241
By Janez Strehovec: To hack or to own, to hack and own

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MEDIAKCIJE  06

Slovene edition, 275 pages, 12 X 16 cm format

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Translation by Aleksandra Rekar

Foreword by Janez Strehovec: To hack or to own, to hack and own