This dissertation would not have been possible without the ongoing support of myfamily and my partner, and the many great, helpful and inspirational people I havehad the fortune to meet along the way.First, I must thank my supervisor Anders Fagerjord and co-supervisor Geert Lovink for their support and helpful criticism. Anders has been an encouraging and positiveadvisor, whose calmness and pragmatic advice have helped me keep my feet on theground. I am grateful for the dedicated guidance that Geert has shown throughout theentire project, for his inspiring mentorship, for always pushing my ideas and helpingmy feet leave the ground again.This project has greatly benefited from my two research stays in New York City in2010 and Toronto in 2011. I am extremely grateful for having had the opportunity toexperience such intellectually stimulating environments and for meeting suchinspiring scholars during these stays. I would like to thank the people who made it possible, for their generous efforts and hospitality.Thanks to Alex Galloway and the Department of Media, Culture and Communicationfor inviting me to spend a year at NYU as a visiting scholar. New York turned out to be a as great as one could possibly hope for, much thanks to the inspiring seminars,conversations and lectures I had the pleasure of attending while at NYU. I would alsolike to thank the Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo, for the financial supportthat made this formative part of the project possible.I am thankful for the hospitality shown by Greg Elmer and Ganaele Langlois ininviting me to spend the spring of 2011 at the Infoscape Research Lab at RyersonUniversity, Toronto. Theirs is a most collegial and collaborative research lab. I wouldlike to thank Ganaele and Greg and the rest of members of the lab, especiallyAlexandra Renzi and Fenwick McKelvey, for making me feel like part of the team.My work has benefited greatly from the encounter and the discussions I have had withall of them.A lot of people have read through previous drafts and sections of this dissertation, andvery generously provided me with helpful comments and advice. Thanks to: David M.