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Off the NetworkDisrupting the Digital World$
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Ulises Ali Mejias

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678990

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678990.001.0001

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Strategies for Disrupting Networks

Strategies for Disrupting Networks

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Off the Network

Ulises Ali Mejias

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the theoretical grounds for unthinking the network by discussing an ontology that accounts for the virtuality of networks. Digital networks give shape to social forms that were only virtual possibilities before. However, in the process of actualizing them, they become rigidified social behaviors. The chapter then explores how the process of unmapping the digital network involves reengaging the virtuality of possibilities. It also theorizes some general tactics for unmapping the network, identifies the analytical spaces where such strategies can be applied, and suggests the personal and collective viewpoints that unmapping might entail.

Keywords:   network unthinking, network virtuality, digital networks, rigidified social behaviors, digital network unmapping

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