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meson press publishes research on digital cultures and networked media. Our open access publications challenge contemporary theories and advance key debates in the humanities of today.

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As a small press, we publish a select choice of books each year, which challenge contemporary theories and advance key debates in the humanities today. All meson press publications must adhere rigorous quality standards. While the process can vary there is a basic standard framework: After an initial assessment, the proposal will be peer reviewed anonymously by an external academic (double blind). Upon receipt of the complete, final manuscript, it is peer reviewed by at least one academic or expert. In order to provide coherent feedback for the proposing author, peer review comments may be collated and redacted as required. The author is asked to respond to the peer reviews and respond to the suggestions made. Depending on the review comments and on the significance of any concerns there may be further iterations of review and feedback. If there are any issues, meson press discusses the review with the author, and if necessary another reviewer may be sought. The final submission needs to be approved. See: http://meson.press/peer-review/

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The Politics of Micro-Decisions: Edward Snowden, Net Neutrality, and the Architectures of the Internet

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Book Series: Digital Cultures ISBN: 9783957960405, 9783957960412 Year: Pages: 128 DOI: 10.14619/005 Language: English
Publisher: meson press eG
Subject: Media and communication
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Be it in the case of opening a website, sending an email, or high-frequency trading, bits and bytes of information have to cross numerous nodes at which micro-decisions are made. These decisions concern the most efficient path through the network, the processing speed, or the priority of incoming data packets. Despite their multifaceted nature, micro-decisions are a dimension of control and surveillance in the twenty-first century that has received little critical attention. They represent the smallest unit and the technical precondition of a contemporary network politics – and of our potential opposition to it. The current debates regarding net neutrality and Edward Snowden’s revelation of NSA surveillance are only the tip of the iceberg. What is at stake is nothing less than the future of the Internet as we know it.

Rethinking Gamification

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ISBN: 9783957960009, 9783957960016, 9783957960023 Year: Pages: 344 DOI: 10.14619/001 Language: english
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Subject: Media and communication
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Gamification marks a major change to everyday life. It describes the permeation of economic, political, and social contexts by game-elements such as awards, rule structures, and interfaces that are inspired by video games. Sometimes the term is reduced to the implementation of points, badges, and leaderboards as incentives and motivations to be productive. Sometimes it is envisioned as a universal remedy to deeply transform society toward more humane and playful ends. Despite its use by corporations to manage brand communities and personnel, however, gamification is more than just a marketing buzzword. States are beginning to use it as a new tool for governing populations more effectively. It promises to fix what is wrong with reality by making every single one of us fitter, happier, and healthier. Indeed, it seems like all of society is up for being transformed into one massive game. The contributions in this book offer a candid assessment of the gamification hype. They trace back the historical roots of the phenomenon and explore novel design practices and methods. They critically discuss its social implications and even present artistic tactics for resistance. It is time to rethink gamification!

Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary

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ISBN: 9783957960856, 9783957960863 Year: Pages: 272 DOI: 10.14619/018 Language: English
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Subject: Philosophy
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This book explores the future of critique in view of our planetary condition. How are we to intervene in contemporary constellations of finance capitalism; climate change and neoliberalism? Think we must! To get to the symptoms; the book’s 38 terms ranging from affect and affirmation to world and work provide the reader with a critical toolbox to be continued. Negativity; judgment and opposition as modes of critique have run out of steam. Critique as an attitude and a manner of enquiry has not.

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