A Counter-Forensic Audit Trail: Disassembling the Case of The Hateful Eight

Fuller, Matthew and Mazurov, Nikita. 2019. A Counter-Forensic Audit Trail: Disassembling the Case of The Hateful Eight. Theory, Culture and Society, 36(6), pp. 171-196. ISSN 0263-2764 [Article]

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Forensics is proposed as a means to understand, trace, and recompile data and computational activities. It has a securitocratic dimension and one that is being developed as a means of opening processes, events and systems into a more public state. This article proposes an analysis of forces at play in the circulation of a ‘screener’ of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and associated files, to suggest that forensic approaches used to control flows of data may be repurposed for dissemination. The article maps a brief history of digital forensics and sets out some of its political entailments, indicating further lines of enquiry regarding the inter-relation of technosocial powers constituted in the interactions between forensics and counter- measures. The article proposes that the posthumanities are partially constituted by a renewed relationship between questions of culture, subjectivity, knowledge
and the technical. Some propositions for the technical as grounds for cultural politics are made.

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digital, forensics, hacking, piracy, posthumanities, software

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


20 February 2019Accepted
15 May 2019Published Online
1 November 2019Published

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29 May 2019 08:48

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10 Jun 2021 08:22

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