Galloway, Alexander R. (2004) - Protocol: How Control Exists after Decentralization

Notes - Garnet Hertz
Updated 03 December 2006

General Thoughts

The forward to this text is included on its own page: Protocol Is as Protocol Does, Eugene Thacker (2004).


[xxiii] {interdisciplinarity, interdisciplinary, Hardt, Weeks, Jameson} As Michael Hardt and Kathi Weeks write in their introduction to The Jameson Reader, "{w}e have to delve into other disciplines and other realms of social production, not merely as a hobby or a supplement to our primary work, but as an integral part of it."

[xxiv] {Kittler, PhD language exam, programming, language, computer, technology, code, literature, literary, media} Media critic Friedrich Kittler has noted that in order for one to understand contemporary culture, one must understand at least one natural language and at least one computer language. It it my position that the largest oversight in contemporary literature studies is the inability to place computer languages on par with natural languages...

[2] {Deleuze, diagram, graph, chart, drawing, Foucault} "Every society has its diagram(s)." -- Gilles Deleuze, Foucault [this quote is from ~ page 34].

[3] {book summary, diagram, distributed network, technology, computer, digital computer, management, management style, protocol, control, 2000} This book is about a diagram, a technology, and a management style. The diagram is the distributed network, a structural form without center that resembles a web or a meshwork. The technology is the digital computer, an abstract machine able to perform the work of any other machine (provided it can be described logically). The management style is protocol, the principle of organization native to computers in distributed networks. All three come together to define a new apparatus of control that has achieved importance at the start of the new millennium.

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Contents of Document

Series Forward - page ix
Forward: Protocol Is as Protocol Does - Eugene Thacker - page xi
Preface - page xviii
Acknowledgements - page xxv
I. How Control Exists after Decentralization - page 1
II. Failures of Protocol - page 117
III. Protocol Futures - page 145

About the Author - page 247
Index - page 249

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