Digital Contagions

Digital Contagions

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qDigital Contagionsq 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. qDigital Contagionsq draws from the cultural theories of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Friedrich Kittler, and Paul Virilio, among others, and offers novel insights into historical media analysis.qA Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses Jussi Parikka ... From von Neumanna#39;s cellular automata on, such ideas represented the aim to see nature as a computational process and to analyze (and ... computation from linearly biased models: aquot;Biological computation envisages an abstract computational diagram able to simulate (and hence ... 123 If we look at Conwaya#39;s work from another perspective, his aim can be seen to reside in creating a self-replicating machine. 124 The mainanbsp;...

Title:Digital Contagions
Author: Jussi Parikka
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2007

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