This research project, spanning almost fifteen years, owes less to my determination and much more to the inspiration, trust, encouragement, and collaboration of the many, many wonderful people I encountered along the way. Their generosity, friendship, and wisdom sustained me all along and will stay with me during future projects.
The precious insights, patience, and curiosity of Monica Heller, Kari Dehli, Sue Ruddick, Gary Genosko, Etienne Turpin, Irmgard Emmelhainz, D. T. Chochrane, Nasrin Himada, A. K. Thompson, and Christine Shaw guided me when this book was still an early draft. My fieldwork gave me energy and purpose, thanks to the compagni from insu^tv: Alessandro Verna, Alfonso De Vito, Luca Manunza, Michela Porcelli, Pie(t)ro Di Iorio, Raffaele Aspide, Raffaele Romano, Sara Cotugno, Aurelia Luongo, Simone Veneroso, Pasquale Scognamiglio, Federica D’Andrea, Gigi Mete, Marco Della Monica, Alessandro Ventura, the lovely folks of Telestreet, Annalisa Pelizza, Ciro D’Aniello, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Giancarlo Vitali, Franco Civelli, Angese Trocchi, Alan Toner, Enea Discepoli, Otello Urso, Chiara, Carlo, and many others. My friends and family made life in Naples sane and joyful; thank you especially to my parents, my sister, my nonna, and Gennaro Navarra.
Hacked Transmissions would not have its current shape were it not for the invaluable input of Richard Grusin, Jack Bratich, Craig Robertson, the Bit Bots and Bites crew, Gabriella Coleman, Fenwick McKelvey, Sophie Toupin, Elena Razlogova, Marco Deseriis, Sandra Braman, Greg Elmer, and Ganaele Langlois. Some of the ideas in this book were presented at the Craft of Scholarship Lecture Series and received the insightful feedback of the members of Media@McGill, which kindly hosted me for a semester in 2015. Thank you to Jonathan Sterne, Jenny Burman, and Tamar Tembeck. Last but not least, I am endlessly grateful to my partner, Lucas Freeman, sanity buoy, book midwife, brilliant accomplice extraordinaire.