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DismantlingsWords against Machines in the American Long Seventies$
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Matt Tierney

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501746413

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501746413.001.0001

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(p.75) Chapter 3 Cyberculture

Matt Tierney

Cornell University Press

This chapter begins by discussing the interconnection of transformations in cybernetics (automation), weaponry (the atomic bomb), and human rights (antiblack racism). It focuses on cyberculture that was coined by Alice Mary Hilton and then extended conceptually and politically by the Ad Hoc Committee on the Triple Revolution. The Ad Hoc committee, in 1964, mailed a letter to Lyndon Johnson, explaining that an expansion of industrial automation might result in an alleviation of racism and war. With a luminous gang of signatories, this letter represents a mere precursor to contemporary accelerationist movements. Yet in its more immediate effects, not as an endorsement of accelerated automation but instead as a critique of technologized violence. The chapter ends with a theory of cyberculture, which reveals something beyond accelerated automation.

Keywords:   cybernetics, weaponry, human rights, cyberculture, Lyndon Johnson, industrial automation, technologized violence, accelerated automation

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