[artinfo] Fwd: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses

Janos Sugar sj at c3.hu
Mon Jul 9 22:28:13 CEST 2007

>Jussi Parikka: Digital Contagions. A Media 
>Archaeology of Computer Viruses. (New York: 
>Peter Lang, 2007).
>Digital Contagions is the first book to offer a 
>comprehensive and critical analysis of the 
>culture and history of the computer virus 
>phenomenon. The book maps the anomalies of 
>network culture from the angles of security 
>concerns, the biopolitics of digital systems, 
>and the aspirations for artificial life in 
>software. The genealogy of network culture is 
>approached from the standpoint of accidents that 
>are endemic to the digital media ecology. 
>Viruses, worms, and other software objects are 
>not, then, seen merely from the perspective of 
>anti-virus research or practical security 
>concerns, but as cultural and historical 
>expressions that traverse a non-linear field 
>from fiction to technical media, from net art to 
>politics of software. Jussi Parikka mobilizes an 
>extensive array of source materials and 
>intertwines them with an inventive new 
>materialist cultural analysis. Digital 
>Contagions draws from the cultural theories of 
>Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Friedrich 
>Kittler, and Paul Virilio, among others, and 
>offers novel insights into historical media 

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