Contemporary critics too often comment from the sidelines. Networks Without a Cause by Geert Lovink (Polity 2012) instead sees criticism as productive for its capacity to develop alternative concepts that can be implemented in design - for this reason the critic's relationship with coders and artists is important. Yet how do these fluid ideas take hold and scale up? How do theorists keep their ideas relevant in the so-called age of hyperspeed? Net criticism responds this fundamental issue by claiming that we should not only theorize about our state, but actively steer it - moving beyond the outsiders perspective towards real strategies of collaboration and cooperation.
Producer: Linda Wallace
Camera and editing: Emile Zile
Special thanks: Margreet Riphagen, Morgan Currie
A trailer for Geert Lovink's book Networks Without a Cause from Polity Press, 2012.