Uncanny Networks: Dialogues with the Virtual Intelligentsia. Chapter: Ups & Downs of the OSI Program

"Of particular interest to the library and information world is the 'e-mail exchange' between the editor and Jonathan Peizer, who was the director of the Open Society Institute's Network Internet Programme (NIP). He draws attention to the statement by Daniel Erasmus that, if the population of the world was reduced to only one hundred persons, only two would have Internet access - a sobering thought. The object of the NIP was, in part, to try to remedy this situation through partnerships with other agencies, including governments, to encourage the development of the necessary telecommunications and computer networks. He points to Albania as indicative of the problems that had to be overcome to link the country to the rest of the world through the Internet, although coverage is far from universal." (Review of Uncanny Networks by Professor T.D. Wilson) (MIT PRESS March 2003)


For Geert Lovink, interviews are imaginative texts that can help to create global, networked discourses not only among different professions but also among different cultures and social groups. Conducting interviews online, over a period of weeks or months, allows the participants to compose documents of depth and breadth, rather than simply snapshots of timely references.

The interviews collected in this book are with artists, critics, and theorists who are intimately involved in building the content, interfaces, and architectures of new media. The topics discussed include digital aesthetics, sound art, navigating deep audio space, European media philosophy, the Internet in Eastern Europe, the mixing of old and new in India, critical media studies in the Asia-Pacific region, Japanese techno tribes, hybrid identities, the storage of social movements, theory of the virtual class, virtual and urban spaces, corporate takeover of the Internet, and the role of cyberspace in the rise of nongovernmental organizations.

Interviewees included Norbert Bolz, Paulina Borsook, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Kuan-Hsing Chen, Mike Davis, Mark Dery, Kodwo Eshun, Susan George, Boris Groys, Frank Hartmann, Michael Heim, Dietmar Kamper, Zina Kaye, Tom Keenan, Arthur Kroker, Bruno Latour, Marita Liulia, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Peter Lunenfeld, Lev Manovich, Mongrel, Edi Muka, Jonathan Peizer, Saskia Sassen, Herbert Schiller, Gayatri Spivak, Ravi Sundaram, Toshiya Ueno, Tjebbe van Tijen, McKenzie Wark, Hartmut Winkler, and Slavoj Zizek.

-The MIT Press, A Leonardo Book Available: March 2003 ISBN 0-262-12251-0 7 x 9, 392 pp.-

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