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Abstract Hacktivism

Construction of new worlds and possibilities rather than their destruction

The making of a hacker culture looks indispensable.

"In recent years, designers, activists
and businesspeople have started
to navigate their social worlds on the
basis of concepts derived from the
world of computers and new media
technologies. According to Otto
von Busch and Karl Palmås, this represents
a fundamental cultural shift. The
conceptual models of modern social thought
as well as the ones emanating from the
1968 revolts, are being usurped by a new

Using thinkers such as Michel Serres,
Gilles Deleuze and Manuel DeLanda as a
point of departure, the authors expand
upon the idea that everyday technologies
are profoundly interconnected with
dominant modes of thought. In the
nineteenth century, the motor replaced the
clockwork as the universal model of
knowledge. In a similar vain, new media
technologies are currently replacing the
motor as the dominant 'conceptual
technology' of contemporary social
thought. This development, von Busch and
Palmås argue, has yielded new ways of
construing politics, activism and

The authors embark on different routes to
explore this shift. Otto von Busch relates
the practice of hacking to phenomena such
as shopdropping, craftivism, fan fiction,
liberation theology, and Spanish social
movement YOMANGO. Karl Palmås examines how
publications like Adbusters Magazine, as
well as business theorists, have adopted a
computer-inspired worldview, linking this
development to the boom of the
late 1990s. Hence, the text is written for
designers and activists, as well as for
the general reader interested in cultural

Table of contents:
# 'Abstract hacktivism' (introduction)
# 'Hacking and heresy' by Otto von Busch
# 'After counterculture' by Karl Palmås
# 'Outro on opium'"
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