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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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Proximity and Conflict

Proximity and Conflict

(p.95) 6 Proximity and Conflict
Off the Network

Ulises Ali Mejias

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the motivations for unmapping the digital network by focusing on the concepts of space and surveillance. While the uniform distancelessness of nodocentric space does not diminish social opportunities, it changes what counts as proximal and relevant and redefines our relationship with the local, and therefore must be questioned. Nodocenticism can be applied to space to produce a form of hyperlocality that filters out the unnetworked elements in our environment, making them irrelevant. The chapter then analyzes how network logic has changed the way in which dissent, security, and war are manifested and countered, and asks what some of the implications of this new order are.

Keywords:   digital network, space, surveillance, nodocentric space, nodocentrism, network logic

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