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The Exploit: A Theory of Networks

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“The Exploit is that rare thing: a book with a clear grasp of how networks operate that also understands the political implications of this emerging form of power. It cuts through the nonsense about how 'free' and 'democratic' networks supposedly are, and it offers a rich analysis of how network protocols create a new kind of control. Essential reading for all theorists, a ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 2007)
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Mjhancock
Jun 23, 2012 Mjhancock rated it really liked it
Galloway and Thacker argue for a theory of networks that is at once broader and more nuanced than those commonly supported by scholars in the philosophy of technology area. More specifically, they see networks as the basic organizational form of our current age, structures that are not as egalitarian as they're often portrayed, but not dystopian either. Rather, there's a great deal of degrees and nuances in networks, and they seek to better articulate what networks have to offer. It's an exubera ...more
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From Alan DeNiro: "Anyone with any interest in social networking should read this book (how they are just another form of control)"
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Oct 08, 2008 Burck rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Obama Barak
A great exploration of the connection between control and technology. This might be one of the clearest explanations of network theory and philosophy that I have read. It is helpful to have a minimal background in network technology and philosophy from the likes of Deleuze or Faucalt, but the concrete and illustrative examples given in the book should help the laymen understand the complex and intriguing questions posited by the authors. The writing style, which is more aphorism than exposition, ...more
Andrew
Galloway and Thacker offer a prefatory note in which they suggest that the reader skim the first part of the book, reading only the sections that have been italicized. Having done so in my first half hour of reading this book has reminds me of McLuhan's seminal texts, "The Medium is the Massage," "War and Peace in the Global Village," and "Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man," as well as Debord's treatise on modernity, "The Society of the Spectacle," in the sense this rhetorical strategy ...more
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Jun 12, 2008 Ellen rated it liked it
This book is a struggle to read. The guys are clearly brilliant, but it's tough for a general reader to get handle on their argument.
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A little postmodern for my tastes, but the look at graph theory was dead on and I appreciated the context of asymmetrical warfare. Quick read.
Jessica
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This book is absolutely fascinating if you're at all interested in politics, the globalizing effects of technology and the net, and/or network theory. I definitely recommend it.
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