Strangers in the swarm

Mike Kent


What happens economically, culturally and socially in file sharing ‘communities’? This chapter enters the Bit Torrent swarm and explores the complex, intricate and yet rule-bound relationships in this transitory community.

Key words

online file sharing

Bit Torrent





No more mirror of being and appearances, of the real and its concept; no more imaginary coextensivity: rather, genetic miniaturization is the dimension of simulation. The real is produced from miniaturized units, from matrices, memory banks and command models – and with these it can be reproduced an indefinite number of times. It no longer has to be rational, since it is no longer measured against some ideal ...

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