Anti-computing

Dissent and the machine

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Caroline Bassett
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Anti-computing explores forgotten histories and contemporary forms of dissent – moments when the imposition of computational technologies, logics, techniques, imaginaries, utopias have been questioned, disputed, or refused. It also asks why these moments tend to be forgotten. What is it about computational capitalism that means we live so much in the present? What has this to do with computational logics and practices themselves?

This book addresses these issues through a critical engagement with media archaeology and medium theory and by way of a series of original studies; exploring Hannah Arendt and early automation anxiety, witnessing and the database, Two Cultures from the inside out, bot fear, singularity and/as science fiction. Finally, it returns to remap long-standing concerns against new forms of dissent, hostility, and automation anxiety, producing a distant reading of contemporary hostility.

At once an acute response to urgent concerns around toxic digital cultures, an accounting with media archaeology as a mode of medium theory, and a series of original and methodologically fluid case studies, this book crosses an interdisciplinary research field including cultural studies, media studies, medium studies, critical theory, literary and science fiction studies, media archaeology, medium theory, cultural history, technology history.

Chapter 1: Anti-computing
Chapter 1: Anti-computing
Chapter 2: Discontinuous continuity
Chapter 2: Discontinuous continuity
Chapter 3: A most political performance
Chapter 3: A most political performance
Chapter 4: No special pleading
Chapter 4: No special pleading
Chapter 5: Polemical acts of rare extremism
Chapter 5: Polemical acts of rare extremism
Chapter 6: Apostasy in the temple of technology
Chapter 6: Apostasy in the temple of technology
Chapter 7: Those in love with quantum filth
Chapter 7: Those in love with quantum filth
Conclusion - Upping the anti
Conclusion - Upping the anti
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