In Zero Comments, internationally renowned media theorist and 'net critic' Geert Lovink revitalizes worn out concepts about the Internet and interrogates the latest hype surrounding blogs and social network sites. In this third volume of his studies into critical Internet culture, following the influential Dark Fiber and My First Recession, Lovink develops a 'general theory of blogging.' He unpacks the ways that blogs exhibit a 'nihilist impulse' to empty out established meaning structures. Blogs, Lovink argues, are bringing about the decay of traditional broadcast media, and they are driven by an in-crowd dynamic in which social ranking is a primary concern. The lowest rung of the new Internet hierarchy are those blogs and sites that receive no user feedback or 'zero comments'.

Zero Comments also explores other important changes to Internet culture, as well, including the silent globalization of the Net in which the West is no longer the main influence behind new media culture, as countries like India, China and Brazil expand their influence and looks forward to speculate on the Net impact of organized networks, free cooperation and distributed aesthetics.

chapter Chapter 1|38 pages

Blogging, the Nihilist Impulse

chapter Chapter 2|43 pages

The Cool Obscure

Crisis of New Media Arts

chapter Chapter 1|16 pages

Whereabouts of German Media Theory

chapter Chapter 1|18 pages

Blogging and Building

The Netherlands after Digitization

chapter Chapter 5|13 pages

Indifference of the Networked Presence1

On Internet Time

chapter Chapter 6|30 pages

Revisiting Sarai

Five Years of New Media Culture in India

chapter Chapter 7|24 pages

ICT after Development

The Incommunicado Agenda

chapter Chapter 8|21 pages

Updating Tactical Media

Strategies for Media Activism

chapter Chapter 9|17 pages

Axioms of Free Cooperation

Contesting Online Collaboration

chapter Chapter 10|13 pages

Theses on Distributed Aesthetics

chapter Chapter 11|17 pages

Introducing Organized Networks1

The Quest for Sustainable Concepts