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By Tung-Hui Hu

We could think the electronic cloud as placeless, mute, airy, and unmediated. but the truth of the cloud is embodied in hundreds of thousands of huge facts facilities, anyone of which could use as a lot electrical energy as a midsized city. Even these kinds of information facilities are just one small a part of the cloud. in the back of that cloud-shaped icon on our displays is an entire universe of applied sciences and cultural norms, all operating to maintain us from noticing their life. during this publication, Tung-Hui Hu examines the space among the genuine and the digital in our realizing of the cloud. Hu exhibits that the cloud grew out of such older networks as railroad tracks, sewer traces, and tv circuits. He describes key moments within the prehistory of the cloud, from the sport "Spacewar" as exemplar of time-sharing pcs to chilly struggle bunkers that have been later reused as info 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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