This talk presents a discussion of Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey's recent book 'Evil Media'. Inspired by Nicolo Machiavelli's The Prince the book presents a set of stratagems for contemporary media power. Ranging from a discussion of sorting algorithms, flirting tips, queueing systems and middle management, to analyses of brainwashing and the literary techniques of spies, it provides a means of operating on the grey media that determine much of everyday culture. This talk will introduce the idea of grey media and the 'evil' that allows for a certain play between logical systems and other forms of life.
Matthew Fuller is author of various books including 'Media Ecologies, materialist energies in art and technoculture', (MIT) 'Behind the Blip, essays on the culture of software' and ‘Elephant & Castle’. (both Autonomedia) With Usman Haque, he is co-author of 'Urban Versioning System v1.0' (ALNY) and with Andrew Goffey, co-author of the forthcoming ‘Evil Media’. (MIT) Editor of 'Software Studies, a lexicon', (MIT) and co-editor of the new Software Studies series from MIT Press and of the journal Computational Culture, he is involved in a number of projects in art, media and software and is a Reader at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.
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