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By Tung-Hui Hu

ISBN-10: 0262330083

ISBN-13: 9780262330084

We may perhaps think the electronic cloud as placeless, mute, airy, and unmediated. but the truth of the cloud is embodied in millions of big information facilities, anyone of that may use as a lot electrical energy as a midsized city. Even these types of info facilities are just one small a part of the cloud. in the back of that cloud-shaped icon on our monitors is an entire universe of applied sciences and cultural norms, all operating to maintain us from noticing their life. during this e-book, Tung-Hui Hu examines the space among the genuine and the digital in our figuring out of the cloud.

Hu indicates that the cloud grew out of such older networks as railroad tracks, sewer traces, and tv circuits. He describes key moments within the prehistory of the cloud, from the sport “Spacewar” as exemplar of time-sharing pcs to chilly battle bunkers that have been later reused as facts facilities. Countering the preferred conception of a brand new “cloudlike” political strength that's dispersed and immaterial, Hu argues that the cloud grafts electronic applied sciences onto older methods of exerting strength over a inhabitants. yet simply because we make investments the cloud with cultural fantasies approximately defense and participation, we fail to acknowledge its militarized origins and beliefs. relocating among the materiality of the know-how itself and its cultural rhetoric, Hu’s account deals a collection of latest instruments for rethinking the modern electronic setting.

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7 Yet as much as the Occupy protests were enabled by social media, they have also been very much about occupying specific buildings, public places, and locales. ”8 If the cloud represents a new reconfiguration of the relationship between place and placelessness, it is clear that relationship directly affects the organization of contemporary power. What this chapter attempts to do is to offer a more precise structure of the cloud, one that accounts for both aspects of this dialectic. It starts by asking a simpler question: where is the cloud’s network in physical space?

It was later discovered to be an army with a “rather slim” membership of two, namely, Jerome Brouse, age fifty-one, a construction worker with a grudge against AT&T’s monopoly, wearing a fake sixshooter in his holster, and a partner, Dale Chris Jensen, age thirty-three. Yet because the bombing affected the system as a whole, the 1961 event seemed, at the time, to result from something rotten in the political system. ”33 The secretive atmosphere of government breeds a corresponding rise in secret societies, Johnson wrote; the supposed left-wing plots by Communists create a corresponding rise in right-wing groups such as the American Republican Army.

S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 2010. ) always being made obsolete by the daily practice of bodies walking through and interacting with space, the built environment may be an ideal location for observing displacement and media change. It may appear odd to begin a book about digital networks by following the transcontinental rights of way granted in the 1860s by the Pacific Railway Acts. 5 billion fiberoptic cable across the Arctic will shave between twenty and sixty milliseconds off the route from Tokyo to London for stock market traders, but the toxic metals used in their electronics inevitably end back up in the bodies of laborers manning poorly regulated disassembly plants in China.

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