Richard Barbrook

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Barbrook in 2011
Barbrook in 2015
Barbrook delvering a lecture at Pro Arte, Saint Petersburg, Russia, November 2008

Richard Barbrook is an academic in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages at the University of Westminster.


Barbrook studied for a BA in Social & Political Science at Downing College, University of Cambridge, a MA in Political Behaviour at University of Essex and a doctorate in Politics & Government at University of Kent.[citation needed]


In the early 1980s, he was involved with pirate and community radio broadcasting. Helping to set up the multi-lingual Spectrum Radio station in London, he published extensively on radio issues during this period.[1][2]

Having worked on media regulation within the EU for some years at a research institute at the University of Westminster, much of his material was published in his 1995 book Media Freedom. In the same year, he became the coordinator of the Hypermedia Research Centre at Westminster's Media School and was the first course leader of its MA in Hypermedia Studies.[citation needed]

Working with Andy Cameron, he wrote the essay "The Californian Ideology"[3][4] a pioneering critique of the neo-liberal politics of Wired magazine. His other important writings about the Net include "The Hi-Tech Gift Economy",[5] "Cyber-communism",[6] "The Regulation of Liberty",[7] and "The Class of the New".

In 2007, Barbook moved to the Social Sciences School of the University of Westminster [8] and published his study of the political and ideological role of the prophecies of artificial intelligence and the information society Imaginary Futures.

The Media Ecology Association selected Imaginary Futures as the winner of the 2008 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book of the Year in the Field of Media Ecology.[9]

Richard Barbrook is a founding member of Class Wargames and co-wrote the script to the group's film: Ilze Black (director), Class Wargames Presents Guy Debord's The Game of War.[10]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ CHOICE OR PARTICIPATION? by Richard Barbrook. Imaginary Futures (28 February 2007). Retrieved on 2016-05-14.
  2. ^ F.M. Fatale by Richard Barbrook. Imaginary Futures (4 January 2007). Retrieved on 2016-05-14.
  3. ^ THE CALIFORNIAN IDEOLOGY by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron. Imaginary Futures (17 April 2007). Retrieved on 2016-05-14.
  4. ^ Smashing the State. (January 1997)
  5. ^ First Monday. First Monday (5 January 1998). Retrieved on 2016-05-14.
  6. ^ CYBER-COMMUNISM by Richard Barbrook. Imaginary Futures (17 April 2007). Retrieved on 2016-05-14.
  7. ^ THE REGULATION OF LIBERTY by Richard Barbrook. Imaginary Futures (16 April 2007). Retrieved on 2016-05-14.
  8. ^ "Too close for comfort". The Guardian. London. 13 March 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Past MEA Award Recipients. Retrieved on 14 May 2016.
  10. ^ FILM | Class Wargames: ludic subversion in the bureaucratic society of controlled consumption. Class Wargames. Retrieved on 14 May 2016.