Geert Lovink on Tue, 14 Aug 2007 04:12:18 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Zero Comments now available

Dear nettimers,

I am proud to announce the appearance of my new book, Zero Comments, 
Blogging and Critical Internet Culture, the third volume in a series on 
critical Internet culture (after Dark Fiber and My First Recession).

I got it in the mail on Friday, you can order it through Amazon but I 
am not sure if it has yet arrived in bookshops.

The book contains eleven essays and an introduction that deals with Web 
2.0 and Internet culture after its recovery of 9/11 and the dotcom 

This is the table of content:

Introduction: Pride and Glory of Web 2.0
Blogging, the Nihilist Impulse
The Cool Obscure: Crisis of New Media Arts
Whereabouts of German Media Theory
Blogging & Building: The Netherlands After Digitization
Indifference of the Networked Presence: On Internet Time
Revisiting Sarai: Five Years of New Media Culture in India
ICT After Development: The Incommunicado Agenda
Updating Tactical Media: Strategies for Media Activism
Axioms of Free Cooperation: Contesting Online Collaboration
Theses on Distributed Aesthetics
Introducing Organized Networks: The Quest for Sustainable Concepts

And this is the original blurb that I wrote for the backcover:

In Zero Comments Geert Lovink upgrades worn-out concepts and inquires 
the latest Web 2.0 hype around blogs, wikis and social network sites. 
In this third volume of his studies into critical Internet culture, 
Lovink develops a ?general theory of blogging.? Unlike most 
publications he is not focusing on the dynamics between bloggers and 
the mainstream news media. Instead of celebrating ?citizen journalism? 
blogs are analyzed in their ?nihilist impulse? to empty out established 
meaning structures. Blogs bring on decay of the 20th century broadcast 
media, and are proud of their in-crowd aspect in which linking, tagging 
and ranking have become the main drivers.

The book also deals with the silent globalization of the Net in which 
no longer the West, but countries like India, China and Brazil are 
becoming main players in new media culture. It is not only the latest 
that Internet enthusiasts should focus on. Zero Comments upgrades 
concepts such as global Internet time, tactical media, the crisis of 
new media arts and the problematic relationship between architecture 
and the Net. The book ends with speculative notions on concepts such as 
organized networks, free cooperation and distributed aesthetics.

Zero Comments contains two large essays, the extended chapter on 
blogging and my take on new media arts. The book has made an 
interesting three years journey. I started working on it in Brisbane in 
July 2003, then took it to Amsterdam and finished at the 
Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. I closed the manuscript eleven months 
ago, early September 2006.

The book has won an honorable mention, the 2007 Ars Electronica Media 
Art Research Award, will come out this Fall in German (Transkript 
Verlag, Bielefeld) and in a shortened edition in Italian (with Bruno 
Mondadori). I am not sure yet if and where launches and presentations 
will be held.

For now I am excited to hold it in my hand and flip through the pages. 
Let the Infrastructure do its work?and then you can have a read. Thanks 
for everyone who supported me in the writing and enjoy!

With regards,


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