fighternight VII

All right, I am about to dive into the next round of making my fieldwork multisited ;-) [see ↵ wolfenstein] Just now I am packing my equipment and am about to leave the office for the ↑Fighternight VII—a ↵LAN-party starting today, stuffing 528 attendees and their comps onto 1080 squaremeters. I do not know if Internet-access will be provided there. If so I’ll blog from the LAN. And it does not bother me a bit if that is soooooo 1997. If not, I’ll fill up the blog later on. For now: Move zig! … Continue reading

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cybernetic megastructure

  The above picture is taken from the section ↑Mapping Cyberspace Using Geographic Metaphors of ↑An Atlas of Cyberspace. The image is a result of research analysing the geography of Internet address space by Martin Dodge and Narushige Shiode [↑Working papers by them]. It shows the geography of ownership of blocks of IP-addresses in the United Kingdom. When I saw the image for the first time it immediately reminded me of the following passages from Count Zero (↵ Gibson 1986):    They jacked.   She died almost immediately, in the first eight seconds.   He felt it, rode it out … Continue reading

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circle of the year

Another reason why Malinowski’s postulation that the fieldworker should stay at least one year in the field should be transposed to the online-fields, too. The festivities, you shouldn’t miss the festivities and their consequences. In order to celebrate Halloween Google changed its logo for one day. I already was struck by this adapting of logos, banners, or the whole design to events dictated by the calendar, while following the Max-Payne websites through the years. During Christmas time icicles, snow, and Santa-Claus paraphernalia suddenly pop up at websites. But it is evident that only sites which understand themselves to be institutions—e.g. … Continue reading

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spooknik

On 4 October 1957 ↑Stephen King was at the cinema. Together with the other ten-year-olds clustered around him he watched the morning performance of ↑Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. Just as the flying saucers started their attack on Washington D.C. the movie was interrupted and the houselights went on. Pale and nervous the manager entered the auditorium. “‘I want to tell you’, he said in that trembly voice, ‘that the Russians have put a space satellite into orbit around the earth. They call it … Spootnik.’” (↵King 1993[1981]:21) For the assembled post-war kids a world crashed. The world of US-American … Continue reading

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