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The Resource Improper names : collective pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous, Marco Deseriis

Improper names : collective pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous, Marco Deseriis

Label
Improper names : collective pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous
Title
Improper names
Title remainder
collective pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous
Statement of responsibility
Marco Deseriis
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Improper Names offers a genealogy and theory of the improper name, which author Marco Deseriis defines as the adoption of the same pseudonym by organized collectives, affinity groups, and individual authors. Although such names are often invented to pursue a specific social or political agenda, they are soon appropriated for different and sometimes diverging purposes. This book examines the tension arising from struggles for control of a pseudonym's symbolic power. Deseriis provides five fascinating and widely varying case studies. Ned Ludd was the legendary and eponymous leader of the English Luddites, textile workers who threatened the destruction of industrial machinery and then advanced a variety of economic and political demands. Alan Smithee--an alias coined by Hollywood film directors in 1969 in order to disown films that were recut by producers--became a contested signature and was therefore no longer effective to signal prevarication to Hollywood insiders. Monty Cantsin was an open pop star created by U.S. and Canadian artists in the late 1970s to critique bourgeois notions of authorship, but its communal character was compromised by excessive identification with individual users of the name. The Italian media activists calling themselves Luther Blissett, aware of the Cantsin experience, implemented measures to prevent individuals from assuming the alias, which was used to author media pranks, sell apocryphal manuscripts to publishers, fabricate artists and artworks, and author best-selling novels. The longest chapter here is devoted to the contemporary hacktivist group known as Anonymous, which protests against censorship and restricted access to information and information technologies. After delving into a rich philosophical debate on community among those who have nothing in common, the book concludes with a reflection on how the politics of improper names affects present-day anticapitalist social movements such as Occupy and 15-M
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
412
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PN171.A6
LC item number
D47 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Improper names : collective pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous, Marco Deseriis
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Quadrant book"--back cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-274) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ned Ludd, the machine breaker -- Allen Smithee, the anti-auteur -- Monty Cantsin, the open pop star -- Luther Blissett, the mythmaker -- Anonymous, the transducer
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9780816694860
Lccn
2014043036
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)903247590
Label
Improper names : collective pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous, Marco Deseriis
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Quadrant book"--back cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-274) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ned Ludd, the machine breaker -- Allen Smithee, the anti-auteur -- Monty Cantsin, the open pop star -- Luther Blissett, the mythmaker -- Anonymous, the transducer
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9780816694860
Lccn
2014043036
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)903247590

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