ignition—ablaze rewritten

manuscript-day two of 100    My having an appointment here and now renders the situation odd. Else there would be little wonder in the downtown Manhattan spaghetti joint being perfectly deserted at that time of night. Way past the graveyard shift, uncanny twilight, floor covered by classical black and white checker tile, rows of lavishly upholstered benches, matching diner-style tables squeezed in-between, an enormous mahogany bar in the back, and nobody to be seen.     A cliché setting not missing its target, bringing home the menacing ambience quite nicely. Just if I would not be nervous and frightened enough … Continue reading

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penthouse

manuscript-day one of 100    Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling? —M. C. Escher The skies outside the floor to ceiling glass panes resemble all but white noise on television. Nothing of a dead channel here, they are as brilliant as two high-end TFT flatscreens can render. Screens which are quite alive—so much so that they can switch from absolute black hole darkness to blazing supernova white, and the other way round, in less than two milliseconds. Hence the nocturnal nonsky appears as a star-speckled perfect black. The crisp vista of the metropolis skyline … Continue reading

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robots and suicide bombing

a bizarre relationship in a decidedly cyberpunked world On Monday, 4 February 2008 in a shopping mall in Dimona, southern Israel, a “woman has been killed in a suicide bombing […], the first such attack by Palestinian militants in over a year,” ↑reported the BBC. Very sad and tragical (absolutely no irony or cynicism here), as the most of what I heard from the Middle East via the traditional mass media as far as my memory reaches back. The relationship between robots and human beings has become an issue spawning quite some media attention recently. In Japan robots are used … Continue reading

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laid back

Hardware is important for cybercultural lifestyles. Modifying, combining, arranging, and rearranging hardware even more so. The ↑coolest workspace contest at lifehacker is ample testimony of that. The above pictured prototype of an “evolutionary workstation” by ↑ErgoMotions is an attempt to cyberpunkify ergonomic solutions. But all of that is nothing against ↑Tim the Lion with his ↑DataHands—he has created the most laid back, cool, and ↑ergonomically correct computer workplace:  … Continue reading

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my writing

There really is no use in having manuscripts merrily rotting away in drawers and on HDDs. So here are some pieces of mine, on cyberanthropology, appropriation, and game modding:  KNORR, ALEXANDER. 2008. ↓maxmod—eine Ethnographie der cyberculture: Exposé des Habilitationsprojektes [128KB | .pdf]. [unpublished manuscript]  KNORR, ALEXANDER. 2007. ↓Game modding [136KB | .pdf]. [unpublished manuscript]  KNORR, ALEXANDER. 2007. ↓Die kulturelle Aneignung des Spielraums: Vom virtuosen Spielen zum Modifizieren und zurück. [ 220KB | .pdf]. [second version of the manuscript] Scheduled for publication in Shooter: Ein Computerspiel-Genre in multidisziplinärer Perspektive [working title], edited by Matthias Bopp, Peter C. Krell and Serjoscha Wiemer. … Continue reading

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max in cyberspace

This time by “Max” I do not refer to “↑Max Payne“, but to anthropologist ↑Maximilian Forte, who offers the course ↑Cyberspace Ethnography at Concordia University, Montreal. Besides this, on all account read his article ↑Another Revolution Missed? Anthropology of Cyberspace at ↑Open Anthropology.  via e-mail from warauduati, who has taken to abundantly praising my work—tnx a lot, my man :-) … Continue reading

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maxmod: an ethnography of cyberculture

Finally the definitive abstract of my project—out of which I now have to write a book as quickly as possible—exists. Here are the English and German versions of the abstract:  Abstract The project is based upon longlasting and sustainable anthropological fieldwork, which essentially happens within conceptual spaces of interaction spanned by the infrastructure of the Internet. Central concepts of the methodological access are thick participation (Spittler) and multisited ethnography (Marcus). For being able to grasp the sociocultural phenomena empirically observable online, genuine anthropological research methods are evaluated and then transposed to the new fields. Building upon this, and upon the … Continue reading

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pondering wiki reciprocity

  “Wikipedia is like ↑bittorrent, if people are interested in a specific article, it get[s] better.” (↑comment by soobrosa to ↑Academia and Wikipedia by Danah Boyd) This is not brandnew, I know, but in the face of my pressingly upcoming ↵teaching project, I just unearthed this from my HDD filing cabinets—and those, too: ↑Situating Wikipedia by Danah Boyd, ↑Who’s afraid of Wikipedia? by Clay Shirky, ↑Wikipedia by Clay Shirky, ↑K5 Article on Wikipedia Anti-elitism by Clay Shirky, and ↑Why Wikipedia Must Jettison Its Anti-Elitism by Larry Sanger. Connected to the issue, but with a twist, are ↵defrag wikipedia, ↵trail of … Continue reading

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tsunami audio slideshow

  A bit belated, I know, but nevertheless big congratulations to my friend Matthias Eberl, who succeeded in having published his audio slideshow “↑Drei Jahre nach dem Tsunami“ [“Three years after the Tsunami”] at ↑Spiegel online. For the international readership—serverlogs tell me that half of you who drop by here come from the US—, “Der Spiegel” [“The Mirror”] is Europe’s biggest and Germany’s most influential weekly news magazine, published in Hamburg, with a circulation of around one million per week. “Spiegel online” is its online presence. For his piece of multimedia journalism Matthias has recorded and shot material on location … Continue reading

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