CFP: M/C: Media and Culture: "Share" (3/3/03; journal issue)

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                          M/C - Media and Culture
             is calling for contributors to the 2003 issues of

                                M/C Journal

The award-winning M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. M/C is a
crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and
peer-reviewed journal.

To see what M/C Journal is all about, check out our Website, which contains
all the issues released so far, at <>. To
find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit

Below, you'll find the issue topics we're planning for 2003, along with the
article submission and issue release deadlines, and a call for contributors
for the second issue of the year, 'share'. Please check the M/C Journal
site for further calls and topic descriptions coming soon.

Please spread this call far and wide, and remember to archive it for future

                         Call for Papers: 'share'

As we move into the information age, the network society, some see us also
as turning into a culture of collectors, a society of sharers. Electronic
information, especially once it is networked, is easy to copy, simple to
share, and seems to invite collaborative engagement; this leads to the
emergence of filesharing services and open source software development.
Financially, ever more people are hoping to share in the commercial
successes of the listed companies whose stocks they own, but all too often
find themselves sharing predominantly their losses.

On a wider and more fundamental level, offline, public, physical resources
also need to be shared more effectively: as we exploit our reserves of
natural fuels and foods more rapidly than we can replenish them, we attempt
to find ways to achieve sustainability. And on the sociopolitical level,
too, moves are underway to share the load of governance, administration,
and jurisdiction through shared transnational organisations ranging from
the UN to the International Court of Justice.

What is also becoming obvious, however, is that some are better at
sharing than others. Along with the invitation to share more effectively
comes the reflex to hold on to one's own property even more stubbornly.
Whole industries are now devoted to the development of patents for
inventions that are yet to be made, in order to extract immense fees from
anyone wanting to share these ideas; countries like Australia and the US
have atrocious records when it comes to fairly sharing and responsibly
sustaining the world's natural resources; and in the networked
environment, intellectual property has now assumed almost mythical status -
central to one's success, but difficult to grasp, and almost impossible to
protect. Is sharing the answer or the problem: does it open new
possibilities for a better, fairer future, or does it destroy existing
structures to leave nothing but an uncontrollable mess?

We invite you to share with us your thoughts on these and other issues
connected to the topic, in the 'share' issue of M/C Journal. Please send us
your articles (of up to 1500 words) by 3 March 2003.

Axel Bruns & Alex Burns*, 'share' editors

Issue Release Date: 23 April 2003

                                            * Yes, we are different people.

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                     2003 M/C Journal Issue Deadlines

'share' editors: Axel Bruns & Alex Burns
             article deadline: 3 March 2003
             release date: 23 April 2003

'logo' editors: John Pace & Jason A. Wilson
             article deadline: 28 April 2003
             release date: 18 June 2003

'fibre' - a collaboration with :: fibreculture ::
             editor: fibreculture group
             article deadline: 23 June 2003
             release date: 13 August 2003

'joke' editors: Paul Denvir & E. Sean Rintel
             article deadline: 18 August 2003
             release date: 8 October 2003

'text' editor: Catriona Mills
             article deadline: 13 October 2003
             release date: 3 December 2003

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     All issues of M/C Journal on various topics are available there.
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                                                  Dr Axel Bruns

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