The networked book: GAM3R 7H30RY & Code Version 2.0

Writing a book online and facilitating a discussion around it seems to be very popular these days. McKenzie Wark is working on GAM3R 7H30RY which will be published by Harvard University Press in April 2007, and it will contain contributions from readers of his site. Readers are discussing and participating in the writing process and the networked book is born. The Institute for the Future of the Book is concerned with issues around “the book’s reinvention in a networked environment.”1 IFB [↩]

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Protocol – Alexander Galloway

The subtitle of Protocol is `How Control Exists After Decentralization´ which is the question Galloway sets out to answer in his book. Previously the issue of control has been dealt with extensively by Foucault and Deleuze. Foucault addressed the central control in sovereign societies of the classical era followed by the decentralized control of the disciplinary societies of the modern era. Deleuze continues where Foucault has left of and states that with the advent of new technologies such as computers we are now living in societies of control. These societies are defined by neither central control nor decentralized control. Protocol (Alexander Galloway) argument paper

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Software constraints in blogging software

I’ve been working with WordPress for about two months now and I am still getting used to it. My blog seems like an open-ended project, one that will never finish. Maybe that seems like a rather obvious statement, since a blog is a tool for continuously expressing your thoughts. What I actually mean is the form or shape of the blog. I feel like I am building a house and even though the framework is done, the house itself is under constant construction. The framework itself feels restrictive and I have been looking for tools to accomplish what I want. In the case of WordPress I have been looking for Widgets and Plug ins that can achieve what I want. Or rather, the backend tools that shape and form my blog. Plugins and widgets are solutions to the restrictions in the WordPress software, but are restrictions being reproduced on another level? What kind of constraints are built into the internet on the content level? How does software control meaning (content). These are several questions I am planning to ask myself in my MA thesis. I recently came across two related posts: Ranting on WordPress Plugin Development by Justin Shattuck and […]

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WordPress problems #3

So I decided it is time to finally implement the Ultimate Tag Warrior. I am not a php wizard, but I am patient and eager to learn new stuff, both of which help a lot when installing WordPress plug-ins. Although all the plug-ins come with instructions I am often experiencing difficulties. Adding tags to my posts was easy, but creating a tagcloud wasn’t. I was able to create a tag archive page which would display a tagcloud (following the instructions), but that wasn’t quite what I was looking for. I wanted to display my tagcloud in my dynamic sidebar which uses widgets. So I put the php code in the (empty) Text1 widget, but it turned up empty. So I tried adding list HTML tags, which didn’t help either. After some googling it turns out that you cannot put php code in your widgets. But of course there is a widget to help me fix this widget problem.

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Review: Feedreader, Google Reader, Bloglines, Thunderbird RSS Reader

I have tons of blogs and sites that I read on a daily basis. So a few years ago I started using Feedreader, a nice free RSS-reader, but I am not totally satisfied with it. It doesn’t allow any control over how often it updates my feeds, some posts are not displayed right and it has this annoying tendency to stay minimalized. Since Firefox 2 came out I started using their new option the Firefox Live Bookmark. Instead of static bookmarks you can now subscribe to pages with dynamic content such as blogs. However, I don’t like the display, look, feel and handle of the Live Bookmarks e.g. it just displays the header title.

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