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Protocol : how control exists after decentralization / Alexander R. Galloway.

Author/Creator:
Galloway, Alexander R., 1974- author.
Publication:
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2004.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (xxvi, 260 pages) : illustrations.
Series:
Leonardo
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Subjects:
Computer networks -- Security measures.
Computer networks -- Management.
Computer network protocols.
Electronic data processing -- Distributed processing.
Summary:
How Control Exists after DecentralizationIs the Internet a vast arena of unrestricted communication and freely exchanged information or a regulated, highly structured virtual bureaucracy? In Protocol, Alexander Galloway argues that the founding principle of the Net is control, not freedom, and that the controlling power lies in the technical protocols that make network connections (and disconnections) possible. He does this by treating the computer as a textual medium that is based on a technological language, code. Code, he argues, can be subject to the same kind of cultural and literary analysis as any natural language; computer languages have their own syntax, grammar, communities, and cultures. Instead of relying on established theoretical approaches, Galloway finds a new way to write about digital media, drawing on his backgrounds in computer programming and critical theory. "Discipline-hopping is a necessity when it comes to complicated socio-technical topics like protocol," he writes in the preface.Galloway begins by examining the types of protocols that exist, including TCP/IP, DNS, and HTML. He then looks at examples of resistance and subversion--hackers, viruses, cyberfeminism, Internet art--which he views as emblematic of the larger transformations now taking place within digital culture. Written for a nontechnical audience, Protocol serves as a necessary counterpoint to the wildly utopian visions of the Net that were so widespread in earlier days.
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OCLC-licensed vendor bibliographic record.
ISBN:
9780262273428
026227342X
0262072475
9780262072472
1417560487
9781417560486
0262572338
9780262572330
OCLC:
57183450
Publisher Number:
9780262072472
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Restricted for use by site license.