McKenzie Wark on Sun, 10 Feb 2002 01:37:45 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> The degree zero of nettime


An excellent paper, about which i have mixed feelings, because as i read
it i seem to find among your original insights some of my own ideas and
formulations, unacknowledged. Am i imagining this? The vectoral approach,
as a way out of the divide between political economy and cultural studies,
based on the materiality of the means of communication -- i put this out
on nettime many times. Nettime/syndicate appear as objects to which you
bring a theory, but they are already theoretical objects. It strikes me
there's a difficulty here. As the corpus of the lists become the object of
scholarship, which is i believe a good thing, there are questions that
come up about protocol. I suspect i may not be the only one to have this

Brian is quite right to point to the going-beyond of the division of
labour between cultural studies and political economy. But it is precisely
this going beyond to which nettime responds both as a theory and a


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