Barbrook is one of the most radical critics of the neo-liberal cyber-elite.
In contrast, Barbrook thinks that the importance of the latest wave
of technological innovation lies precisely in its ability to challenge
the ideologies of the self-proclaimed opinion leaders. The Net allows
for the emergence of spontaneous and flexible virtual communities, defining
themselves less by market exchange than by social convention.
Richard Barbrook was educated at Cambridge, Essex and Kent universities. During the early-1980s, he was involved in pirate and community radio broadcasting. In the late-1980s and early-1990s, Richard worked for a research institute at the University of Westminster on media regulation within the EU. For the last few years, Richard has been coordinator of the Hypermedia Research Centre at the University of Westminster and was the first course leader of its MA in Hypermedia Studies. At present, Richard is preparing 'Imaginary Futures' for publication as a book.
richard (at) hrc.wmin.ac.uk
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