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Undoing Networks
by Tero Karppi, Urs Stäheli, Clara Wieghorst and Lea Zierott
University of Minnesota Press, 2021
Paper: 978-1-5179-0669-6
Library of Congress Classification HM742.K377 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 302.30285

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Exploring and conceptualizing practices, technologies, and politics of disconnecting

How do we think beyond the dominant images and imaginaries of connectivity? Undoing Networks enables a different connectivity: “digital detox” is a luxury for stressed urbanites wishing to lead a mindful life. Self-help books advocate “digital minimalism” to recover authentic experiences of the offline. Artists envision a world without the internet. Activists mobilize against the expansion of the 5G network.

If connectivity brought us virtual communities, information superhighways, and participatory culture, disconnection comes with privacy tools, Faraday shields, and figures of the shy. This book explores nonusage and the “right to disconnect” from work and from the excessive demands of digital capitalism. 

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