[artinfo] My First Recession (2003)

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Mon Dec 19 21:51:04 CET 2011

Geert Lovink's My First Recession (2003), now out as pdf & print on 
demand title


In My First Recession, Geert Lovink maps the transition of critical 
Internet culture from the mid-1990s Internet craze to the dot-com 
crash, the subsequent meltdown of the global financial markets, and 
9/11. In his discussion of the dot-com boom and bust cycle, he lays 
out the challenges faced by critical Internet culture today.

In a series of case studies, Lovink meticulously describes the 
ambivalent attitude that artists and activists take as they veer back 
and forth between euphoria and skepticism. As part of this process, 
Lovink examines the internal dynamics of virtual communities through 
an analysis of the use of moderation and "collaborative filtering" on 
mailing lists and weblogs. He also confronts the practical and 
theoretical problems that appear as artists join the growing number 
of new media educational programs. Delving into the unexplored gold 
mines of list archives and blogs, Lovink reveals a world that is 
largely unknown to both the general public and the Internet 

Geert Lovink is an Amsterdam based media theorist and Internet 
critic, a cofounder of numerous online projects such as Nettime and 
Fibreculture, and the author of Dark Fiber (2002), Uncanny Networks 
(2002), Zero Comments (2007) and Networks Without a Cause (2012).


Geert Lovink, My First Recession, Rotterdam, NAi/V2 Publishers, 2003 
& Amsterdam, Institute of Network Cultures, Theory on Demand #9, 2011.

Currents in Critical Internet Culture

Post-Speculative Internet Theory
Three Positions: Dreyfus, Castells, Lessig

Anatomy of Dotcom Mania
Overview of Recent Literature

Deep Europe and the Kosovo Conflict
A History of the V2_East/Syndicate Network

Principles of Streaming Sovereignty
A History of the Xchange Network

The Battle over New-Media Art Education
Experiences and Models

Oekonux and the Free-Software Model
 From Linux to the GPL Society

Defining Open Publishing
Of Lists and Weblogs

Boundaries of Critical Internet Culture


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