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'Wikivism': From communicative capitalism to organized networks
Abstract This article examines two different approaThis article examines two different approaches to the political significance of networked technologies like the Internet. It considers Richard Kahn and Douglas Kellner’s “critical/reconstructive” methodology and Jodi Dean’s account of “communicative capitalism,” and shows how the respective approaches are insufficient to elucidate the genuinely radical possibilities we may harbor for the Internet. The case study of “hypertextual databases” or “wikis” is used, both to contextualize the limitations of the above arguments and to present a more radical overture for thinking about network politics. I also utilize Ned Rossiter’s concept of “organized networks” and show how these social-technical forms can provide a more radical proposition for thinking about the political possibilities of wikis. I proceed to translate wikis as specific kinds of organized networks that take us beyond a purely perfunctory language – whether as “information-rich data banks” or else animating the “fantasy of abundance” – and allow us to see them in a decidedly “political” way, as necessarily “incomplete” and thus eminently “rewritable” formations. This essay then concludes by examining the wider implications this “political” reading has for the way in which we understand the multiple situations of nascent forms of democratic politics.s of nascent forms of democratic politics.
Abstractsub This article examines two different approaThis article examines two different approaches to the political significance of networked technologies like the Internet. It considers Richard Kahn and Douglas Kellner’s “critical/reconstructive” methodology and Jodi Dean’s account of “communicative capitalism,” and shows how the respective approaches are insufficient to elucidate the genuinely radical possibilities we may harbor for the Internet. The case study of “hypertextual databases” or “wikis” is used, both to contextualize the limitations of the above arguments and to present a more radical overture for thinking about network politics. I also utilize Ned Rossiter’s concept of “organized networks” and show how these social-technical forms can provide a more radical proposition for thinking about the political possibilities of wikis. I proceed to translate wikis as specific kinds of organized networks that take us beyond a purely perfunctory language – whether as “information-rich data banks” or else animating the “fantasy of abundance” – and allow us to see them in a decidedly “political” way, as necessarily “incomplete” and thus eminently “rewritable” formations. This essay then concludes by examining the wider implications this “political” reading has for the way in which we understand the multiple situations of nascent forms of democratic politics.s of nascent forms of democratic politics.
Bibtextype article  +
Has author Paul Stacey +
Has extra keyword Wikinews + , Nupedia + , Wikipedia +
Has keyword Politics + , Internet + , Wiki + , Hypertextual + , Organization + , Postrepresentative +
Has reference Wikis: tools for information work and collaboration + , The Wiki Way: Quick Collaboration on the Web +
Has remote mirror http://culturalpolitics.dukejournals.org/content/4/1/73.full.pdf%2Bhtml  +
Has webcitation mirror 67mmJugja  +
Issue 1  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 1  +
Number of references by publication 2  +
Pages 73-99  +
Published in Cultural Poltics +
Title 'Wikivism': From communicative capitalism to organized networks +
Type journal article  +
Volume 4  +
Year 2008 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 19 May 2012 21:33:50  +
Categories Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without DOI parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Journal articles  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 19 May 2012 21:33:50  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2008  +
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