The Body and the Screen: Theories of Internet Spectatorship

The Body and the Screen: Theories of Internet Spectatorship

by Michele White
     
 

Rethinking the interface: how the Internet/computer spectator is engaged, rendered,and regulated; theoretical models and case studies that range from text-based and graphical communication settings and women's webcams to male programmer's physical and psychic pain.

"*The Body and the Screen* is a highly nuanced critical examination of the junction of the

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Rethinking the interface: how the Internet/computer spectator is engaged, rendered,and regulated; theoretical models and case studies that range from text-based and graphical communication settings and women's webcams to male programmer's physical and psychic pain.

"*The Body and the Screen* is a highly nuanced critical examination of the junction of the virtual and the real. By engaging cyberspace and the body together (and by not participating in the game of their free disassociation, as many media theorists do), White offers important arguments for the materiality of the experience of new media. This much-needed book marks an important step forward in critical studies of new media and the Internet."—Steve Jones, Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262232494
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/16/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

The body, the screen, and representations : an introduction to theories of Internet spectatorship1
1Making Internet and computer spectators17
2Visual pleasure through textual passages : gazing in multi-user object-oriented settings (MOOs)35
3Too close to see, too intimate a screen : men, women, and Webcams57
4The aesthetic of failure : confusing spectators with Net art gone wrong85
5Can you read me? : setting-specific meaning in virtual places (VP)115
6This is not photography, this is not a cohesive view : computer-facilitated imaging and fragmented spectatorship147
Afterword : the flat and the fold : a consideration of embodied spectatorship177

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