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Networks without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media Paperback – 21 Feb 2012

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press; 1 edition (21 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745649688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745649689
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.6 cm
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"Geert Lovink is one of the most brilliant and original theorists around today … This is a highly engaging book, packed thick with arguments … Every word Lovink writes elicits a response."
The Huffington Post

"This book offers a number of strong points which help to regain focus on establishing and nurturing much–needed alternative networks."

"Makes a unique contribution by effectively capturing the technological specificities of Web 2.0 amidst the larger issues of technocapitalism, while not erasing possibilities for organization and change."
Mobile Media and Communication

"Geert Lovink is our Tin Tin. Like that canny adventurer, he travels the world discovering new frontiers of both folly and invention. In place of Tin Tin′s trusty dog Snowy, he takes with him a quick wit and independent mind. He has a detective′s eye for the real story behind the bright assurances of twenty–first–century networked culture."
McKenzie Wark, Professor of Culture and Media, The New School, and author of Gamer Theory

"This book proposes a new kind of memory for the computer: counter–memory, revisiting recent pasts, deep presents and near–miss futures, always challenging us to ask of, and to invent, the nature of networks."
Matthew Fuller, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

About the Author

Geert Lovink is director of the Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, teaches in the new media program at the University of Amsterdam and is media theory professor at the European Graduate School.

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