Hacking the power through a minor reading of Tarde’s vitalism

Micali, Alberto (2014) Hacking the power through a minor reading of Tarde’s vitalism. In: Cultural Im/materialities: Contagion, Affective Rhythms and Mobilization, 23-27 June 2014, Aarhus University.

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To delineate the emergence of hacktivism as a space for collective resistance, into which micro political actions through networked media combine, I suggest a possible low theorising, hiring Gabriel Tarde’s vitalism to deploy it against the grain of invasive control societies and their constant capitalisation of every small produced difference. As a hacker able to force the protected barrier of access to social theory, the micro-sociology of Tarde can be reemployed to resist its own institutionalisation, its becoming high theory. However, the sub-representative and affective streams of his neo-monadology, I suggest, need to be read considering the “post-mediatic” appropriation of media practices and their recombination as hacktions, by activating Guattarian “a-signifying semiological dimensions” to ecologically – or – cosmologically, reconstitute politics and society.

Keywords:Media Theory, political vitalism, political philosophy, ecological thinking, Felix Guattari, Gabriel Tarde, hacktivism
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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