How to become war machine, or... a low hacktivist (un)methodology in pieces

Micali, Alberto (2015) How to become war machine, or... a low hacktivist (un)methodology in pieces. In: Transformative Practice and Theory: where we stand today: MeCCSA-PGN Conference 2015, 2-3 July 2015, Coventry University.

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In recent years, digital media and networks have been increasingly used to deploy dissent, opposition and resistance. More frequently, beyond traditional media as communicational tools, politically-oriented hacking subjectivities like the Anonymous, employ media as weapons. However, a similar material deployment of media actions cannot be studied as a static, clearly definable ‘thing’ based on a representative order. These ‘hacktions’, as well as their composing relations, and the processes through which are originated, are mostly ephemeral. Moreover, their deployment is always actualised in emergent and unstable contexts, into which the elements at stake – involving human and non-human components – are continuously in change, acting often beyond representation.

For this reason, I suggest a ‘low hacktivist methodology in piece’, as an assembling theoretical and practical exercise for recognising and dealing with similar criticalities without imposing any impossible objectivity. Inspired by Wark’s low theory and Guattarian ecosophy, a similar ‘scattered’ (un)methodology is created as a ‘method assemblage’ (Law) capable of activating, rather than framing, the virtual resistant lines of flight of the (not anymore) objects of research. Within similar assemblages, in fact subject and object are critically put into question, allowing a ‘new materialist’ mapping of media actions. This lets the forces populating resistant hacktivist ‘war machines’ (Deleuze and Guattari) to ‘machinise’ with the virtual affective potentials these can trigger, while also enabling a critical circuit that allows the blossoming of theory from the same actions at stake.

Keywords:hacktivism, method assemblage, low theory, media ecologies, research methods
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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Deposited On:07 Dec 2016 16:35

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