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Fibreculture Journal - issue 5

"Multitudes, Creative Organisation and the Precarious Condition of  New
Media Labour"
Edited by Brett Neilson and Ned Rossiter



"From Precarity to Precariousness and Back Again: Labour, Life and
Brett Neilson and Ned Rossiter

"On the Life and Deeds of San Precario, Patron Saint of Precarious Workers
and Lives"
Ilaria Vanni and Marcello Tarì

"A Playful Multitude? Mobilising and Counter-Mobilising Immaterial Game
Greig de Peuter and Nick Dyer-Witheford

"Precarious Playbour: Modders and the Digital Games Industry"
Julian Kücklich

"Postcard from the Edge: Autobiographical Musings on the Dis/organisations
of the Multimedia Industry"
Linda Leung

"Speculations on a Marxist theory of the Virtual Revolution"
Bob Hodge and Gabriela Coronado

"Learning and Insurgency in Creative Organisations"
Paul Newfield and Timothy Rayner

"Dawn of the Organised Networks"
Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter


Broadly speaking, this issue of Fibreculture Journal is interested in the
problem of political organisation as it relates to the overlapping spheres
of labour and life within post-Fordist, networked settings. It's becoming
increasingly clear that multiple forms of exclusion and exploitation
within the media and cultural industries run along the lines of gender,
ethnicity, age, and geography. New forms of class division are emerging
whose locus of tension can be attributed to the ownership and control of

The mobile capacity of information corresponds, in many instances, with
the flexible nature of work across many sectors of the media and cultural
industries. And it is precisely the informatisation of social relations
that makes political organisation such a difficult - even undesireable -
undertaking for many. Without recourse to traditional institutions such as
the union, new technics of organisation are required if the common
conditions of exploitation are to be addressed and transformed.

Precarious labour practices generate new forms of subjectivity and
connection, organised about networks of communication, cognition, and
affect. These new forms of cooperation and collaboration amongst creative
labourers contribute to the formation of a new socio-technical and
politico-ethical multitude. The contemporary multitude is radically
dissimilar from the unity of "the people" and the coincidence of the
citizen and the state. What kinds of creative organisation are specific to
precarious labour in the era of informatisation? How do they connect (or
disconnect) to existing forms of institutional life? And how can escape
from the subjectification of precarious labour be enacted without
nostalgia for the social state or utopian faith in the spontaneity of
auto-organisation? These are some of the key questions the articles
gathered here set out to addresss.

This issue is launched just months, perhaps, after memes such as the
"multitude" and "precarity" have reached their high point. We find that it
is all the more instructive to be publishing this collection of articles
at such a time, since the urgency to organise is greatest when the novelty
of slogans begins to flat-line, when routine and fatigue perhaps kick in
again. Such occasions mark a transition period of regeneration and
imagination,  of working out what works and what doesn't in order to
gather resources and begin the creative composition of living labour.

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