[Air-L] Critical Writing on FOSS and Wikipedia
jec at law.georgetown.edu
Wed Oct 5 11:05:58 PDT 2011
My forthcoming book, Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the
Play of Everyday Practice, develops a theoretical perspective on the
construction and political economy of the networked information society
that places play at the center. However the conception of play it
articulates moves beyond deliberate, creative play to include tactical
play, serendipity, and the like.
Publication date is Jan. 2012; chapter 1 is available here:
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Subject: Re: [Air-L] Critical Writing on FOSS and Wikipedia
For the FOSS side of things, I suggest one of two books of
The first is "Open Sources" from O'Reilly. It's from 1999.
There's a more recent follow-up which I haven't read from 2005, "Open
I could go on a long time about the importance of fun, play, and making
things, but few people tend to respect these answers -- I suspect
because people find them too simple. However I would point you towards
Linus Torvald's "Just for Fun" (
724 ) and Stuart Brown's "Play" ( http://www.stuartbrownmd.com/ ). Homo
sapiens is geared towards play and making things, and we find them
fundamentally rewarding. I'll toss in this mention of prehistoric bone
flutes from thousands of years ago, which we made so we could make/play
music, because it's all the same thing.
On Oct 3, 2011, at 6:17 AM, Andrew Herman wrote:
> 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
> 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
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