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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Protocol: How Control Exists after Decentralization (Leonardo Book Series) Reviews
Alexander Galloway seems to have something profound to say about networks but not the confidence to say it clearly. Galloway sets out to prove that "protocol" is to distributed postmodern networks (i.e. the Internet) what Foucault's "panopticon" was to modernist social hierarchies. Since Foucault is, for me, the best example of why postmodern 'theory' is still worth taking seriously, I got pretty excited about this book.
Some of the most interesting work being done today is a result of the cross fertilization of intellectual fields. While this is somewhat of a computer scienct book about the protocols of the internet, the author is a professor of Media Ecology. When he talks of the Internet and its protocols it's almost as if he is using different words.
Galloway is a triple threat: he's fluent in the esoteric dialects of poststructuralist theory, Internet geekspeak, and network aesthetics. There are plenty of books that try to tackle the art and politics of the Internet age from one of these angles, and a handful that try two--but if you're looking for a three-dimensional treatment of the subject, this is the book for you.
Great book, terrible kindle version. Tried to use in class with mixed hard copy/ebooks. Kindle version has no page numbers, out of place graphics, out of order text. Ended up having to buy hard copy anyway. Do not buy kindle version for schoolwork.
A thought occurs to the author, "human beings have a protocol of sorts that allows them to cooperate.. that keeps them under _control_". He sits around, has some coffee. Eats a bagel. And then it hits him, "Oh my God, the Internet is made up of _computer protocols_!!", and a book is born.