Note: Off the Network, a book by Ulises Ali Mejias that is interesting to read when it comes to objectify and question the network paradigm. Beyond the praise about participation and inclusiveness that was widely used by network advocates and now also by marketing companies, Off the Network brings a critical voice and addresses the centralization, or in some other cases the “nodocentrism” that is at work through many global online services, so as the commodification of many aspects of our lives that comes with them.
While we are looking for alternative “architectures” for cloud infrastructure, nodes and services, this is a “dissonant” point of view to take into account and a book that we are integrating into the I&IC bibliography.
From the books’ blurb:
“Off the Network shows us that centralization of online services is not accidental. Take a look behind the social media noise and read how algorithms condition us. Ulises Ali Mejias carves out a postaffirmative theory of networks. No more debates about wether you are a dog or not; identity is over. Power returns to the center of Internet debates. Off the Network disrupts the illusion os seamless participation – it slides with the resisters and rejecters and teaches us to unthink the network logic. Its message: don’t take the network paradigm for granted.”