[Air-L] Eric Kluitenberg, Legacies of Tactical Media (INC Network Notebooks 05)
geert at desk.nl
Tue Dec 13 04:52:10 PST 2011
Tactical Media employ the ‘tactics of the weak’ to operate on the
terrain of strategic power by means of ‘any media necessary’. Once
the rather exclusive practice of politically engaged artists and
activists, the tactical appropriations of media tools and distribution
infrastructures by the disenfranchised and the disgruntled have moved
from the margins to centre stage. The explosive growth of mass
participation in self-mediation incountless blogs, video sharing
platforms, micro-blog ging, social networking has created an
unprecedented complexity in the info-sphere.
While this frenzy of media activity has been heralded as the catalyst
of the new democratisation movements in North-Africa and the Middle-
East, the anti-austerity/precarity movements in Southern Europe and
the UK, and the recent #occupy movements in the US and Northern
Europe, its increasingly intransparent complexity combined with the
post 9/11 ‘crash of symbols’ has thrown its political efﬁcacy
into question. The demise of WikiLeaks as the crown jewel of on-line
whistle-blowing has added to a thoroughly opaque picture.
More than ever tactical media operators require effective instruments
to the create tactical cartographies they need to navigate the hybrid
realities they are immersed in. This notebook traces the legacies of
tactical media to begin creating these hybrid cartographies.
about the author: Eric Kluitenberg is an independent theorist and
writer on culture, media and technology. He is editor in chief of the
Tactical Media Files - an on-line documentation resource for tactical
media practices world-wide.
colophon: Network Notebooks editors: Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer.
Producer: Margreet Riphagen. Copy editing: Allison Guy. Design: Studio
Léon&Loes, Rotterdam http://www.leon-loes.nl. Publisher: Institute of
Network Cultures, Amsterdam. Supported by: School for Communication
and Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool
van Amsterdam, Domein Media, Creatie en Informatie) and Stichting
Democratie en Media..
Download the pdf here: networkcultures.org/_uploads/
If you want to receive free paper copies of this pamflet, lets say 10
or 20 for your Occupy scene of media activism class please write to books at networkcultures.org
and mention a more or less reliable postal address. Please note:
without a postal address it is difficult for us to send you copies!
Eric Kluitenberg, Legacies of Tactical Media - The Tactics of
Occupation: From Tompkins Square to Tahrir, Network Notebooks 05,
Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, November 2011.
More information about the Air-L