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A Prehistory of the Cloud
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mit Pr
Publication date August 26, 2016
Pages 240
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780262529969
ISBN-10 0262529963
Dimensions 0.50 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $17.95
Other format details university press
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The militarized legacy of the digital cloud: how the cloud grew out of older network technologies and politics.

We may imagine the digital cloud as placeless, mute, ethereal, and unmediated. Yet the reality of the cloud is embodied in thousands of massive data centers, any one of which can use as much electricity as a midsized town. Even all these data centers are only one small part of the cloud. Behind that cloud-shaped icon on our screens is a whole universe of technologies and cultural norms, all working to keep us from noticing their existence. In this book, Tung-Hui Hu examines the gap between the real and the virtual in our understanding of the cloud.

Hu shows that the cloud grew out of such older networks as railroad tracks, sewer lines, and television circuits. He describes key moments in the prehistory of the cloud, from the game “Spacewar” as exemplar of time-sharing computers to Cold War bunkers that were later reused as data centers. Countering the popular perception of a new “cloudlike” political power that is dispersed and immaterial, Hu argues that the cloud grafts digital technologies onto older ways of exerting power over a population. But because we invest the cloud with cultural fantasies about security and participation, we fail to recognize its militarized origins and ideology. Moving between the materiality of the technology itself and its cultural rhetoric, Hu's account offers a set of new tools for rethinking the contemporary digital environment.



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Hardcover
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from Mit Pr (August 7, 2015)
9780262029513 | details & prices | 209 pages | 7.75 × 10.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $25.00
About: The militarized legacy of the digital cloud: how the cloud grew out of older network technologies and politics.
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Reprint edition from Mit Pr (August 26, 2016)
9780262529969 | details & prices | 240 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | List price $17.95
About: The militarized legacy of the digital cloud: how the cloud grew out of older network technologies and politics.
With L. L. Robson | from Melbourne Univ Pr (August 1, 1994); titled "The First A.I.F.: A Study of Its Recruitment 1914-1918"
9780522842371 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $19.95
This edition also contains The First A.I.F.: A Study of Its Recruitment 1914-1918

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