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By Tung-Hui Hu

We may well think the electronic cloud as placeless, mute, airy, and unmediated. but the truth of the cloud is embodied in millions of huge information facilities, anybody of that can use as a lot electrical energy as a midsized city. Even these kinds of info facilities are just one small a part of the cloud. at the back of that cloud-shaped icon on our monitors is an entire universe of applied sciences and cultural norms, all operating to maintain us from noticing their lifestyles. during this publication, Tung-Hui Hu examines the distance among the genuine and the digital in our knowing of the cloud. Hu indicates that the cloud grew out of such older networks as railroad tracks, sewer strains, and tv circuits. He describes key moments within the prehistory of the cloud, from the sport "Spacewar" as exemplar of time-sharing desktops to chilly conflict bunkers that have been later reused as information facilities. Countering the preferred notion of a brand new "cloudlike" political energy that's dispersed and immaterial, Hu argues that the cloud grafts electronic applied sciences onto older methods of exerting energy over a inhabitants. yet simply because we make investments the cloud with cultural fantasies approximately protection and participation, we fail to acknowledge its militarized origins and beliefs. relocating among the materiality of the know-how itself and its cultural rhetoric, Hu's account bargains a suite of recent instruments for rethinking the modern electronic environment.

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