[Air-L] Critical Writing on FOSS and Wikipedia

David Berry D.M.Berry at swansea.ac.uk
Mon Oct 3 15:48:42 PDT 2011


Might I suggest the following useful list (including my own :-) in addition to those already mentioned - I hope it is not too long…

Barbrook, R., & Cameron, A. (1995). The Californian Ideology. Retrieved 02/05/03, from http://www.alamut.com/subj/ideologies/pessimism/califIdeo_I.html

Benkler, Y. (2006). The Wealth of Networks. London: Yale University Press. 

Berry, D. M., (2008) Copy, Rip, Burn: The Politics of Copyleft and Open Source. London: Pluto.
Berry, D. M. (2011) The Philosophy of Software: Code and Mediation in the Digital Age, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bourdieu, Pierre (1984) Introduction & The aristocracy of culture. In Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, pp. 1–13. Translated by Richard Nice. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Castells, Manuel (2000) The Space of Flows. The Rise of the Network Society. London: Blackwells. Chapter 6

Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. (2006) Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong (2011) Programmed Visions: Software and Memory, Cambridge and London: MIT Press

Coleman, G. (2009) Code is Speech: Legal Tinkering, Expertise, and Protest among Free and Open Source Software Developers. Cultural Anthropology. 24(3): 420-454 

Deleuze, G. (1992). Postscript on the Societies of Control. Retrieved 14/05/05 from http://www.spunk.org/texts/misc/sp000962.txt
Galloway, A. (2006) Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization. MIT Press. 

Golding, P. & Murdoch, G. (1973) For a Political Economy of Mass Communications. The Socialist Register. Pp205-234.
Garnham, Nicholas,.(1986) Contribution to a political economy of mass-communication.” In Richard Collins, et al. (eds.), Media, Culture & Society: A Critical Reader, pp. 9–32. London: Sage.

Horkheimer, Max and Adorno, Theodor W. (1969) The culture industry: Enlightenment as mass deception. In Gunzelin Schmid Noerr (ed.), Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments, pp. 94–136.

Jameson, Fredric (1984) Postmodernism, or The cultural logic of late capitalism. New Left Review 146 (July–Aug. 1984), pp. 53–92.

Jessop, B. (2004) Cultural Political Economy. Critical Discourse Studies. Vol. 1, No 2. October 2004. Pp159-174.

Kelty, K. (2008) Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software and the Internet, Duke P.

Kitchin and Dodge (2011) Code/Space, MIT Press

Mackenzie, A.  (2006). Cutting Code: Software and Sociality. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Moglen, E. (1999) Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright. Retrieved 01/03/2003, from http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue4_8/moglen/index.html#author

Moody, G. (2002) Rebel Code: Inside Linux and the Open Source Revolution. Oxford: Perseus Publishing.

Mosco V (2009) The Political Economy of Communication Today (chapter 6) in The Political Economy of Communication.

Smythe, Dallas W. (1981) On the audience commodity and its work. In Dependency Road: Communications, Capitalism, Consciousness, and Canada, pp. 22–51. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

Terranova, T. (2004). Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age. London: Pluto. [Chapter 3: Free labour]



From: Andrew Herman <aherman at wlu.ca>
To: air-l at aoir.org
Sent: Monday, October 3, 2011 1:17 PM
Subject: [Air-L] Critical Writing on FOSS and Wikipedia

Dear Fellow Aoiristas!

I have a master student who is contemplating doing an MA Thesis on the
comparative political economy of FOSS and Wikipedia.? She definitely
wants to approach the topic through a Marxist lens so I underscore the
salience of "political economy" here.? My first take on her proposal is
that she is awfully naive about the incipient "info communism" of
Wiikipedia but really needs some good critical empirical work to lift
the histomat scales from her eyes.

Any suggestions you might have our comrade, however deviant or
deviationist, would be most appreciated.

IR 12 is coming!


Andrew Herman, Ph. D.
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Department of Communication Studies
Graduate Program in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
519 884-1970 x3693


Dr. David M. Berry
Senior Lecturer in Digital Media

Department of Political and Cultural Studies
Swansea University
Singleton Campus

Tel: 01792 602633


Room: Room JC015, James Callaghan Building

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