Information Politics on the Web

Information Politics on the Web

by Richard Rogers
     
 

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Does information available through the World Wide Web offer many alternative accounts of reality, or does it subtly align with an official version? In Information Politics on the Web Richard Rogers identifies the cultures, techniques, and devices that rank and recommend information on the Web, analyzing not only the political content of Web sites but the politics…  See more details below

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Does information available through the World Wide Web offer many alternative accounts of reality, or does it subtly align with an official version? In Information Politics on the Web Richard Rogers identifies the cultures, techniques, and devices that rank and recommend information on the Web, analyzing not only the political content of Web sites but the politics built into the Web's infrastructure. Addressing the larger question of what the Web is for, Rogers argues that the Web is still the best arena for unsettling the official and challenging the familiar.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262182423
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

What People are saying about this

Bruno Latour

If you have ever been horrified by the nonsense floating around the Web,
or stunned by the hype of those who claim that e-politics will soon replace real politics, then this book is for you. Finally, someone who investigates the Web's ability to express, replace, renew, and disrupt the age-old tools of political expression. Richard Rogers's Web mapping experiments form a great inquiry into the practices of political science.

Jodi Dean

Rogers presents a profoundly different way of thinking about information in cyberspace, one that supports the political efforts of democratic activists and
NGOs and takes seriously the epistemological issues at the heart of networked communications. His approach is light-years ahead of other research. Not only are the four political instruments he has developed for analyzing the Web innovative,
but the set of theoretical assumptions underlying them breaks new ground. He rejects the tired and banal focus on fandom, porn, and aliens that took cyber-theory into a cultural and political wasteland. His Web is instead a serious, dynamic site of political struggle.

From the Publisher

"A brilliant deciphering of informational politics. Rogers shows us how the Web can be a site for both officialdom and its unsettling. He also proposes a
Web epistemology based on the ways in which Web dynamics can function as embedded adjudication cultures, and thus assess the trustworthiness of information sources."
Saskia Sassen, University of Chicago, author of Globalization and Its
Discontents

The MIT Press

Saskia Sassen

A brilliant, deciphering of informational politics. Rogers shows us how the Web can be a site for both officialdom and its unsettling. He also proposes a
Web epistemology based on the ways in which Web dynamics can function as embedded adjudication cultures, and thus assess the trustworthiness of information sources.

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Meet the Author

Richard Rogers is University Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the
University of Amsterdam and the author of Information Politics on the
Web
(MIT Press).

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