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Hacking the democratic mainframe: The Melissa virus and transgressive computing

Best, K. and Lewis, J. (2000) Hacking the democratic mainframe: The Melissa virus and transgressive computing. Media International Australia, 95 . pp. 207-226.

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As with many of the other 45000 computer viruses operating across the globe, the Melissa virus constitutes a significant threat to organisational processes. There are two major readings of the Melissa virus's social and political implications - one rejecting its subversive intent, the other celebrating it. In either case, these readings reflect the inadequacy of current theorisations of the relationship between computer networked communication, organisational theory and democracy. A fuller understanding of this relationship, and in particular the culture of hacking, is needed to mediate significant tensions within contemporary culture and politics.

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Publisher: University of Queensland Press
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