Zero Comments

Geert Lovink, Zero Comments: Blogging and Critical Internet Theory, New York: Routledge, 2007.

Locatie: De Waag, Theatrum Anatomicum, Nieuwmarkt Amsterdam
Datum: 13 februari 2008
Tijd: 16.30u
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Inleiding door Cris van der Hoek

Zero commentsOver Zero Comments:
Na Dark Fiber (2002) en My First Recession (2003) is Zero Comments: Blogging and Critical Internet Theory Geert Lovinks derde volume over kritische Internet cultuur. In Zero Comments werpt hij een frisse blik op verouderde concepten in nieuwe media en onderzoekt hij de Web 2.0 hype rond blogs, wikis en social networking sites. Het fenomeen bloggen behandelt Lovink niet vanuit het idee van burgerjournalistiek, of de dynamiek tussen bloggers en mainstream media. Integendeel, hij typeert het bloggen als een ‘nihilistische impuls’ om de gevestigde media uit te hollen. Blogs zijn per definitie in-crowd, hetgeen wordt uitgedragen middels linken, taggen en ranken.
In Zero Comments wordt ook aandacht besteed aan de opmars van landen als Brazilie, China en India als belangrijke spelers in de nieuwe mediawereld, de crisis in de nieuwe mediakunst, en vernieuwende concepten als: organized networks, distributed aesthetics en free cooperation.

Over de auteur:
Geert Lovink is lector aan het Instituut voor Interactieve Media, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, en oprichter van het Instituut voor Netwerkcultuur ( Dit boek heeft hij geschreven tijdens een fellowship aan het Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

Inhoudsopgave Zero Comments:
* Introduction: The Pride and Glory of Web 2.0 * 1. Blogging, the Nihilist Impulse * 2. The Cool Obscure: Crisis of New Media Arts * 3. Whereabouts of German Media Theory * 4. Blogging & Building: The Netherlands After Digitization * 5. Indifference of the Networked Presence: On Internet Time * 6. Revisiting Sarai: Five Years of New Media Culture in India * 7. ICT After Development: The Incommunicado Agenda * 8. Updating Tactical Media: Strategies for Media Activism * 9. Axioms of Free Cooperation: Contesting Online Collaboration * 10. Theses on Distributed Aesthetics * 11. Introducing Organized Networks: The Quest for Sustainable Concepts *

Recente interviews met Geert Lovink over Zero Comments:
“L’anonymat n’est plus qu’une notion nostalgique” – Interview in Liberation, dd. 12-01-2008:

“Ich blogge, also bin ich” – Interview in die Zeit, dd. 19-12-2007:

“Geert Lovink travels far and wide in earth space and media space and always brings back a good story and telling criticism about what is moving and shaking in the digital realms. He is our Virgil, guiding us through the heaven and hell of ‘new media’ –not to mention the purgatory. Highly recommended.”
-McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker Manifesto and Gamer Theory

“I often disagree with Geert Lovink, but always pay attention to him. His writing, activism, organizing, and teaching since the emergence of the Internet as a cultural phenomenon, has contributed powerfully to a sorely needed critical discussion of how digital media, new media industries, business fads relate to existing social, political, economic contexts.”
-Howard Rheingold,,,

“Geert Lovink cuts through the cliches, cynicism, and hype, and looks at Internet culture in all its messy, contradictory reality. Nobody has thought longer and harder about the state of the Net today, and where it might be heading. Zero Comments is both richly detailed and engaged, and breathtaking in the sweep of its edgy, contrarian, and urgent vision.”
-Steven Shaviro, author of Connected.

“Lovink’s knowledge of the technology and his critical intelligence combine to produce an exceptionally sharp presentation of current challenges and possible futures. He works at the edge of established understandings, detecting what mostly has remained undetected, no matter how huge the literature on this subject.”
-Saskia Sassen, author of Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages.