Nancy Mauro-Flude | 2 Sep 12:31 2015
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Hello Biella

On 2 September 2015 at 12:00, <nettime-l-request <at> mail.kein.org> wrote:

> Date: Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:16:53 -0500
> From: Gabriella Coleman <biella <at> riseup.net>
> To: nettime-l <at> mail.kein.org
> Subject: <nettime> Hackademia mailing list
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> Hi all,
>
> Many of us who went to the Chaos Computer Club camp in Germany met
> to discuss the study of hacking (whether through scholarly, activist
> or artistic work). We have created a mailing list to continue the
> discussion and plan for future meetings. Please join if you are
> interested
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Thanks for the invitation
​!​
​ Nice to see the return of mail list culture happening right now. After
about 10years of subscribing to 'nettime' it seems this is already a place
to discuss the broader study of hacking.

I am curious for you to articulate what the many of you at the CCC, see as
the potentials - limitations and differences between the Hackademia mailing
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Gabriella Coleman | 2 Sep 00:16 2015
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Hackademia mailing list

Hi all,

Many of us who went to the Chaos Computer Club camp in Germany met
to discuss the study of hacking (whether through scholarly, activist
or artistic work). We have created a mailing list to continue the
discussion and plan for future meetings. Please join if you are
interested

List name for subscribing
hackademia-subscribe@...
<mailto:hackademia-subscribe@...>

Instructions for joining:

https://help.riseup.net/en/lists/list-user/subscribing#how-do-i-subscribe-to-a-list

(Hopefully no one here will accuse me/Riseup of being part of
http://riseupaustraliaparty.com/, an anti-Muslim group, as happened
quite vigorously on a media anthro list!)

All best,

Biella

Alex Foti | 31 Aug 11:43 2015
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what if we were all right but all wrong?

---------- Messaggio inoltrato ----------
Da: *Alex Foti* <alex.foti <at> gmail.com>
Data: lunedì 31 agosto 2015
Oggetto: <nettime> what if we were all right but all wrong?
A: Eric Beck <ersatzdog <at> gmail.com>

characterizing v as redbrown is warped. that's putin giving money to lepen.
i think it weakens your legitimate criticism. this wasnt a piece on v but
have u read his declaration on mediapart?

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Alex Foti | 31 Aug 13:08 2015
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Fwd: what if we were all right but all wrong?

you are right new age superstition is undermining people's critical
thinking. we need a lot more scientific education for the democratization
of tech. i meant simplification of political messages and identification of
key issues to polarize the body politic.

Il domenica 30 agosto 2015, Geert Lovink <geert <at> desk.nl> ha scritto:

> Strong analysis, Alex. I agreed up to this last point. Coming from the low
> lands where pragmatism rules, the culture here is deeply anti-intellectual.
> It’s main problem is the rejection of debate and reflexion, outlawing
> intellectuals, both from political parties and social movement. The source
> of this is positivism on the one side (specially amongst the Greens who
> detest any form of negativism and critique as not constructive and exclude
> all these voices that are not ‘reasonable’). So do not forget, in many
> places, more intellectual means more popular because it is inclusive of
> different voices that break the New Age consensus that paralyzes us right
> now.
>
> Geert

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morlockelloi | 30 Aug 19:30 2015
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***SPAM*** Re: what if we were all right but all wrong?


This could be a manifestation of one of the finer points of Reed's
Law, namely that the worth (and effect) of the network is not how
many nodes are attached to it, but how many different groups can form
within it.

In this case, the 'network' is general anti-whoever-has-the-power
sentiment, but apparently it does not promote inter-group connections.

Perhaps the fundamental problem with this network concept is that it's
anti-something, as there are many possible ways how that something can
be fixed.

Networks based on for-simple-something tend to be more cohesive, for
example capital and money: those who are for money will find ways to
cooperate regardless of the initial group affiliations.

The point being, these nodes need to figure out what the f*ck are they
for.

> i mean, all the green, red, social-democratic parties are floundering
> everywhere (corbyn notwithstanding;), xenophobic/fascist parties are
> sprouting everywhere, but with the notable exception of Barcelona
> and Madrid we have failed to come up with something new that unifies
> the people around the digital vanguards of the precariat and
> eco/socio/queer strands in urban movements and civil society.

David Garcia | 30 Aug 16:49 2015
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Corbyn as a medium is the message


Corbyn the Medium is the Message- A Thought Experiment 

Partly in response to Alex Foti’s -rallying cry- posted this morning I thought it might
be useful to indulge in the thought experiment by imagining that something hopeful may be 
happening in Britain. 

Obviously I mean the astonishing success of Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for the leadership of the 
UK Labor party. It is movement that came from nowhere and took every one by surprise including Corbyn 
himself.  And as he was slipped in by the westminster power brokers at the last moment merely to ensure a 
broad debate its a “gold-plated” example of the law of unintended consequences . So his rise to
prominance is a 
slap in the face for the deterministic calculous that is the bread and butter of party politics as usual.  
It is the non-deterministic dimension the Corbyn wave is as much a part of his appeal as his actual policies. 
Corbyn is a true Black Swan moment. And I wonder if he knows it. 

In the parliamentary Labor party (not the wider membership in the country) consternation reigns 
as the called “big beasts” of the party line up to declare his victory would be the equivalent to driving 
the party over cliff. Not only Blaire but Brown and Kinnock all of them see him as a statist throw back. 
Even leftist commentators such as the Guardian’s Poly Toynbee are struggling to come to terms with the 
fact that he is clearly going to win. 

Yesterday on a well known radio show Toynbee tried to press him to assure 
listeners that if it became clear (by opinion polls I assume) he was 
“dragging the party down” he would resign. A ridiculous request for someone who 
is yet to win his own party’s support, and a craven approach to instituting the 
transformation that Toybee must know is required and presumably still believes in..    

This morning in a newspaper article Tony Blaire made a last gasp appeal to 
preserve some shred of the New Labor project, urging those planning to vote for 
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Alex Foti | 30 Aug 12:26 2015
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what if we were all right but all wrong?

dear 'timers

what if politically all the traditions and identities we come from and
belong to were all important contributions to countercapitalist change
but each taken in isolation failed to address the burning issues
of our times: radical democracy vs repressive austerity, migrants'
rights vs closed borders, civil and social equality vs neoliberal
and partriarchal inequality, climate-concerned humans vs fossil
capitalism, all in a very fissile geopolitical situation where war is
the norm and secularism is in retreat.

i mean, all the green, red, social-democratic parties are floundering
everywhere (corbyn notwithstanding;), xenophobic/fascist parties are
sprouting everywhere, but with the notable exception of Barcelona
and Madrid we have failed to come up with something new that unifies
the people around the digital vanguards of the precariat and
eco/socio/queer strands in urban movements and civil society.

Ecology and the environmentalism have yet failed to turn the climate
movement into something more than a special-interest movement, i.e.
into a vision for a society that is less carbon-intensive, i.e. less
capitalistic. However, after the lull since Copenhagen in 2009, there
has been a renewal of interest in this civilizational problem, in
anticipation of the Paris COP UN summit in December, see Obama's
climate bill. It's telling Bill McKibben of 350.org is now supporting
Bernie Sanders, the old Vermont socialist. Politically after the
European zenith reached first with Fischer then with Cohn-Bendit,
the Greens seem to have been condemned into decreasing irrelevance
as the economic crisis progressed and CO2 concentration rose in the
atmosphere beyond 400ppm.
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Ivan Knapp | 28 Aug 15:40 2015
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Oursler - can this be distributed?

   Tony Oursler prefers to call his dolls effigies. This is largely, so he
   says, due to looking at photographs of New England scarecrows in 1989.
   An effigy is totemic, more a synonym for a likeness than a sculpture
   with serious representational ambitions. An effigy also comes with
   inescapable baggage; it cant get away from the fact its function as a
   lightning rod for shared hatred or fear. You can burn an effigy, you
   can also lynch it, stick pins or pitchforks in it  or just beat it
   with clubs and tire-irons. Dolls, on the other hand, are playmates for
   more benign games. They attend tea parties with stuffed bears, they
   provide an invaluable role model for the absent mother, they absorb the
   more normal sexual frustrations that are meted out to them by jabbing
   fingers and little throttling wrists. And they come in latex with
   lubricant to ward off loneliness.

   But, both effigies and dolls are two sides of the same coin and the
   different types of play they espouse are, at root, traceable to the
   sexual drives. It is more interesting however to think about the
   intimacy between dolls and effigies in terms of the inter-subjective
   social dynamics they engender through their different forms of
   prescribed action. Both forms of activity, in as far as they encompass
   both individual and group activities which may be either/both
   aggressive and amorous, creative and destructive, mystic and material,
   could be said to fall within the perimeters of play, in as much as play
   is constituted by a fantasy space whose construction maintains visible
   traces to the more unmediated desires of infancy.

   Underwriting this dynamic between effigy and doll, which, in the case
   of Oursler, has to be framed within a certain art historical context,
   is both Hoffmanns uncanny mannequin and Hans Bellmer. It goes without
   saying that these are not the only manifestations of the doll that are
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Johan Söderberg | 28 Aug 11:40 2015
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hacking hacked

> This is all not about gentrification which is a ridiculously useless because purely ideologic term

Erich. Your anti-ideological (anti-metaphysical, etc.) sentiments are themselves infused with
ideology. Doing field studies and reflecting over those studies with the help of concepts, such as
"gentrification", must go hand in hand, as is amply shown from the record of Biella and the others in this debate.

But there is a real issue over where in time hacking was hacked. Did it happen in the Homebrew Club, with
FSF/GPL, with the maker movement, etc.? To debate this as if there really was one such a point in history in
exclusion to all others is just futile (in this I give you right, Erich). Gentrification/recuperation -
or the accusation thereof - has been with the hacker movement throughout its existence. This does not
invalidate the use of the concept however (i.e. Florian's response). Rather, it provides (now as in the
past) different fractions within the hacker movement with a rallying point, indispensable to them just
as it is to any other (ideologically driven) social movement. When in time that point is located depends
entirely on what are the ongoing struggles and the projected future
  that the hackers are mobilizing around.

/Johan

nettime's_spam_kr!k!t | 26 Aug 02:12 2015

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gidget | 25 Aug 19:20 2015
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Medieval Hackers

[Am forwarding this for all ye commonists & hackers of the olde school.  
I'm very enthusiastic about punctum books lately as we have been 
publishing our new Thought|Crimes imprint with them. 
--http://thoughtcrimespress.org --  Here's a review of their recently 
released "Medieval Hackers" book...
cheers,
   pj ]

The Medieval Review 15.08.29
http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr/article/view/19629/25716

Kennedy, Kathleen E. Medieval Hackers. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books, 
2015. pp. 168. $19.00 (paperback) free (ebook). ISBN: 978-0692352465 
(paperback).
[download here: http://punctumbooks.com/titles/medieval-hackers/ ]

Reviewed by:

John C. Ford
Champollion University
John.ford@...

The basic premise of Kathleen E. Kennedy's intriguing volume Medieval 
Hackers is that modern computer hackers are essentially the inheritors 
of the medieval copyist and translators who sought to freely disseminate 
information from original sources through their "derivative texts," 
which often also abridged, expanded, or altered information in their 
exemplars. More specifically, hackers can be identified with those late 
medieval transmitters of information who came into conflict with 
authorities when, starting especially in the mid-sixteenth-century, 
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