Marco Deseriis is an assistant professor in the program in media and screen studies at northeastern university and his work revolves mostly around the production of subjectivity in the information society. His forthcoming book Improper names (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) is a genealogy of shared pseudonyms that brings together the history of the labor movement (Ned Ludd, Alan Smithee) with the post-modern avant-garde (Monty Cantsin, Karen Eliot) and current struggles for the commoning of information and information technologies (Luther Blissett, Anonymous). As assemblages of enunciation that are simultaneously common and singular, impersonal yet individuated, improper names allow us to think of a third way between the quantified self of the Web 2.0 and the specular politics of anonymity and obfuscation.

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