[artinfo] why not contribute to the OPEN issue of MC journal?

McKenzie Wark mckenziewark at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 16 13:03:02 CET 2003

OPEN: A special issue of M/C -- Media and Culture

Since the rebranding of Free Software into Open Source in 1998, "open" has 
become the buzzword for all things progressive on and off the Internet. 
Open Law, Open Hardware, Open Culture, Open Publishing, Open Access or Open 
Archives are just some of the many concepts which are being retooled to 
serve the more or less defined public good in the Information Society.

Yet, at the same time, multinational corporations have become major actors 
in the Open Source Software area and commercial publishers are beginning to 
seriously look into Open Access model. In the background of the recent 
enthusiasm with "open" lurks the "Open Society" concept of Karl Popper, 
whose political preferences for Margret Thatcher's neoliberalism are well 

OPEN aims to take a critical look at this concept of the "open". Is it a 
temporary buzzword that signifies nothing but an astute sense of 
salesmanship? Is it an alternative social concept, or just yet another step 
in making capitalism ever more flexible? What is it that makes something 
"open" and are some projects more "open" than others? Is "open" always 
better than closed? How does "open" relate to areas where we might value 
closure, for example,  personal privacy? Can we imagine an even more open 
concept of social, cultural and economic life?

For the upcoming OPEN edition for M/C, we are inviting papers between 1000 
and 2000 words that critically examine the concept of "open" from any 
perspective. We invite equally theoretical investigations of the concept as 
empirical studies of particular  projects with special regard to their
"openess" or "closeness".

Guest Editors for OPEN:
McKenzie Wark, core faculty in media and communication, Lang College, New 
School University, and guest scholar, American Studies, New York  University
<mw35 at nyu.edu>

Felix Stalder, Lecturer in  Media Economy at the New Media Department, 
Academy of Art and Design, Zurich, head of research at Openflows.org and 
co-moderator of the nettime mailing list.
<felix at openflows.org>

Article deadline: 19 March 2004
Release date: 21 April 2004

M/C - Media and Culture

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