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Junkware : Posthumanities - Thierry Bardini



Paperback Published: 10th January 2011
ISBN: 9780816667512
Number Of Pages: 280

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Are we made of junk? Thierry Bardini believes we are. Examining an array of cybernetic structures from genetic codes to communication networks, he explores the idea that most of culture and nature, including humans, is composed primarily of useless, but always potentially recyclable, material otherwise known as "junk."
Bardini unravels the presence of junk at the interface between science fictions and fictions of science, showing that molecular biology and popular culture since the early 1960s belong to the same culture-cyberculture-which is essentially a culture of junk. He draws on a wide variety of sources, including the writings of Philip K. Dick and William S. Burroughs, interviews with scientists as well as "crackpots," and work in genetics, cybernetics, and physics to support his contention that junk DNA represents a blind spot in our understanding of life.
At the same time, "Junkware" examines the cultural history that led to the encoding and decoding of life itself and the contemporary turning of these codes into a commodity. But he also contends that, beyond good and evil, the essential "junkiness" of this new subject is both the symptom and the potential cure.

"This book is thrilling. No other book takes the problem of junk (and especially junk DNA) so seriously; no other book takes the question of what molecular biology has done to us so thoroughly. Thierry Bardini's answer is that we have literally become junk--Homo Nexus. In the age of genetic capitalism, we've moved beyond Deleuze's societies of control and into an age of infinite repurposing. At the very moment that many are celebrating 'remix culture' Bardini's book provides a wild and weird wake-up call. We are junk, junk is us. Junkware will help us sort it out." --Christopher Kelty, author of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
CODA: Lambdas All Over the Placep. 1
Introduction, or a Set of Promoters: Robbe-Grillet Cleansing Every Object in Sight, and Vik Muniz Piling Them Upp. 7
3' Biomolecular Junk
or a Repressor Complex: How Junk Became, and Why It Might Remain, Selfishp. 29
Mostly Head: From Garbage to Junk DNA, or Life as a Software Problemp. 61
Head Again: Multimedium, or Life as an Interface Problemp. 97
5' Molar Junk: Hyperviral Culture
All Tail: Close Encounters of the Fourth Kindp. 125
Lysis and Replication: Homo nexus, Disaffected Subjectp. 145
Tail Again: Presence of Junkp. 169
DE-CODAp. 207
Glossaryp. 215
Notesp. 229
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780816667512
ISBN-10: 0816667519
Series: Posthumanities
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 10th January 2011
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36