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                          M/C - Media and Culture
            is calling for contributors to the 'error' issue of

                                M/C Journal

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. In 2007, M/C Journal celebrates its tenth year in publication.

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

                         Call for Papers: 'error'
                 Edited by Mark Nunes and Kelly McWilliam

In an age of information, utopia takes the form of an error-free world of
efficient processing and clean transmission. Signals reproduce. Codes
replicate. Communication crosses channels uncorrupted and pure. But
something slips away or refuses to compute. Replication falters,
introducing variance; the process wobbles, introducing deviation. Signal
and noise merge and reverse.

Error marks the errant, the erratic - a heading that leads us astray. Is
there not, then, something seductive in error as it draws us off our path
of intention, interrupting the course of goals, objectives, and outcomes
and pulling us toward the unintended and unforeseen?

Six Sigma black belts revive the Taylorist dream of absolute efficiency,
streamlined processes, and waste-free production. And what could be more
efficient than a system that provides a response before a query is formed,
as commercial websites now aim to provide consumers with purchase
suggestions based on a well-worn, algorithmic path of profiles and
predictable results? But what happens when error occurs? What happens when
the algorithm returns an errant result, leading the user off this path from
source to receiver? "Noise" and "error" refuse to signify, and as such,
they threaten to disrupt the cybernetic regime of efficiency and maximum
performance. Error marks a rupture of signification that lays bare the
dispersive and dissipative structures of an informatic society.

The aberrant marks a similar moment, a deviation that is decidedly off the
path, an error in gender and generation. Every mutation marks an "error" in
reproduction - and every production that is not a reproduction is erratic,
"off the mark." Outliers - the statistical abject - are "throw-aways",
errant events that occur out of field and out of genre. Yet it is the
materially and informatically abject form that, by ceasing to signify
within a system, marks an opening, a poiesis. This asignifying poetics of
"noise," marked by these moments of errant information, simultaneously
refuses and exceeds the cybernetic imperative to communicate.

The "error" issue will focus on the situation of noise, aberration,
errancy, deviation, and mutation in a culture increasingly dominated by
principles of maximum efficiency and maximum control. As we increasingly
define politics as polling, networks as social, and bodies as information
complexes, what is the meaning - or the refusal to mean - marked by error?
Submit papers of 3,000 words in length to the editors at
home {AT} journal.media-culture.org.au.

Article deadline:     24 August 2007
Issue release date:   17 October 2007

M/C Journal was founded (as "M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture") in 1998
as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting
of media and culture. Contributors are directed to past issues of M/C
Journal for examples of style and content, and to the submissions page for
comprehensive article submission guidelines. M/C Journal articles are blind


Further M/C Journal issues scheduled for 2007:

'error':   article deadline 24 August 2007,  release date 17 October 2007
'vote':    article deadline 19 October 2007, release date 12 December 2007

M/C - Media and Culture is located at <http://www.media-culture.org.au/>.
M/C Journal is online at <http://journal.media-culture.org.au/>.
All past issues of M/C Journal on various topics are available there.


                                                     Dr Axel Bruns

 General Editor                              editor {AT} media-culture.org.au
 M/C - Media and Culture                http://www.media-culture.org.au/

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