Reading Loop, November 24th 2011 – Piracy

The next Reading Loop will be taking place on Thursday November 24th, 6pm, Room 117, Jessop Building, University of Sheffield.

The theme will be piracy.

The texts we’ll use as a starting point are:

Alexander Galloway, ‘Piracy, Control Practices and Alternatives of Control’

Jonas Andersson, ‘It Takes (At Least) Two to Tango’

The French social theorist Michel de Certeau acknowledged a phenomenon called la perruque; the processes by which workers trick their employers into thinking they are working when they are actually doing personal things, using the resources of the workplace. Nothing is really stolen, except time. A creative process is clearly taking place, but nothing is produced in the monetary sense. A tactic is established, which makes use of ‘the cracks that particular conjunctions open in the surveillance of the proprietary powers. It poaches in them. It creates surprises in them’ (de Certeau, 37).

From Jonas Andersson, ‘It takes (at least) two to tango’

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