McKenzie Wark

McKenzie Wark is an Australian scholar whose work on new media and digital technology is at the cutting edge of contemporary cultural theory. Professor of Culture and Media at the New School for Social Research, in his work he has drawn on British cultural studies, French poststructuralism and German Critical Theory to examine phenomena ranging from video games to virtual geography. He gained particular attention for his book A Hacker Manifesto, which conceptualized a new class division between those who create intellectual property, the hacker class, and those who own it, the vectoralist class, with relations between the two characterized by the latter’s attempt to impose scarcity with regard to, and thereby commodify, the products of the former. He has also written important work on the history of the Situationist International and on the relation between the speed of communication and our perception of social reality, published by Polity as Telesthesia.