The Sovereignty of Data | Benjamin Doxtdator

Jenny Odell

A review of Tung-Hui Hu – A Prehistory of the Cloud (MIT, 2015)

Our Relationships With the Cloud


I was at first reluctant to stream rather than download music and movies, preferring to have a copy of the file located on my hard-drive. Possessing the file on something I could hold made me feel secure. Consider the anxiety generated by the rumor that SoundCloud might close down.

Now, for better or worse, I am a ‘user’ of the cloud. Isn’t it convenient and freeing to switch from device to device without losing your place in a book or TV show? When I…

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