Geert Lovink: Requiem for the Network

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Abstract

This is the age of network extinction. Small is trivial. Notorious vagueness and non-commitment on the side of slackerish members killed the once cute, postmodern construct of networks. Platforms did the rest. Decentralization may be the flavour of the day, but no one is talking about networks anymore as a solution for the social media mess. Where have all the networks gone?

(This essay was written in August 2019 for the INC/Transmediale co-publication The Eternal Network: The Ends and Becomings of Network Culture that came out on January 28, 2020 at the opening of the Berlin Transmediale festival. You can read and download the publication here. The essay was slightly shortened; below you will find the original text).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Eternal Network
Subtitle of host publicationThe Ends and Becomings of Network Culture
EditorsKristoffer Gansing, Inga Luchs
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherInstitute of Network Cultures
Pages102-115
ISBN (Electronic)9789492302458
ISBN (Print)9789492302465
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2020
EventTransmediale 2020: End to End - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 28 Jan 20201 Mar 2020

Other

OtherTransmediale 2020
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityBerlin
Period28/01/201/03/20

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