Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745333663 Published April 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745333670 Published April 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Information Politics

Liberation and Exploitation in the Digital Society

Tim Jordan

Information Politics

Tim Jordan

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745333663 Published April 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745333670 Published April 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Conflict over information has become a central part of twenty-first century politics and culture. Currents of liberation and exploitation course through the debates about Edward Snowden and surveillance, Anonymous, the Arab Spring, search engines, and social media. In Information Politics, Tim Jordan confronts contemporary panic about whether we are being controlled by digital systems, such as social networks, iPhones, and Google. He approaches these issues in relation to the information politics that have emerged with the rise of mass digital cultures and the internet. Within our modern world, he argues for possibilities of rebellion and liberation interwoven among social and political conflicts including gender, class, and ecology.
            The first of Pluto Press’s new Digital Barricades series, focusing on ground-breaking critical explorations of resistance within the digital world, Information Politics explores the exploitations both facilitated by, and contested through, increases in information flows; the embedding of information technologies in daily life; and the intersection of network and control protocols. Anyone hoping to get to grips with the rapidly changing terrain of digital culture and conflict should start here.
Contents

Acknowledgements
1: Information as a Politics
Part 1 Theory of Information Power
2: Recursion
3: Technologies' Embrace
4: Network and Protocol Theory: Dis/Organising Information Power
Part 2 Platforms
5: Clouds: Platform 1
6: Securitisation of the Internet: Platform 2
7: Social Media Networks: Platform 3
Part 3 Battlegrounds
8 Battlegrounds
9 Information Exploitation and Information Liberation
Bibliography
Index

Review Quotes
Hector Postigo, Temple University
“A must read for those seeking to understand the impact of digital culture and their attendant communication technologies on our quest for liberty and equality.”
Tarleton Gillespie, Cornell University
“A determined philosophical inquiry into the nature of information politics, from the abstraction of the cloud to the battlegrounds of hactivists, to identify the forms of exploitation and liberation endemic to the recursive movement of information. This book offers rich philosophical grounding for current and future studies of new media.”
Sally Wyatt, Maastricht University
“Tim Jordan has yet again produced a compelling and incisive account of fundamental developments in our increasingly digital world. His sophisticated theoretical analysis is clearly articulated and is based on a thorough grasp of both the technical and the social. He brilliantly avoids both cultural pessimism and techno-utopianism in his presentation of ‘political antagonisms.’”
CHOICE
“This is a valuable, sober analysis of the dark edge of the information cloud.  With an admirable balance of hacktivist optimism (the liberation in the subtitle) and candid dismay (exploitation), Jordan (digital and media studies, Univ. of Sussex, UK) doggedly pursues a sound original thesis regarding the politics of information (including a solid section of its recursive aspect with a great aside on Chomsky)....Recommended.”
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