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Computer technology has transformed many fundamental parts of life: how we work and play, how we communicate and consume, how we create knowledge and learn, even how we understand politics and participate in public life. Reading Digital Culture is a comprehensive collection of the most influential essays on digital media written in recent years.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Reading Digital Culture reminds its readers that technology cannotbe analyzed outside of the realms of power, politics, the social,and democracy. This is a breakthrough book for anyone who wants tounderstand and critically engage, rather than merely praise, thosepedagogical, technological, and communicative forces that areshaping the twenty-first century. A must read." Henry Giroux,Pennsylvania State University.

"This is an absorbing and fascinating anthology that is sure tobecome a classic. It should be required reading for anyone hopefulof understanding, at a deep and profound level, the essences ofcontemporary digital thought from its leading thinkers. Thiscompilation provokes fresh insights that make it a majorcontribution to the field." Lynn Hershman, University ofCalifornia, Davis.

"Anyone teaching classes in subjects that intersect with digitalculture will be grateful to Trend for this compilation. It containsmany classic texts essential for those pursuing digital artproduction or critique of our technological world. Reading thesetexts will help raise awareness that creative work with digitalmedia generates many issues and responsibilities." VictoriaVesna, University of California, Los Angeles.

"This collection of some 35 essays and excerpts, edited by DavidTrend, comprises significant writings on digital culture. Thematerial is an important resource for cultural studies. Trend'sselection and structuring along with his introductory notes foreach section make this a valuable and unique assemblage." TimesHigher Education Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631223016
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: KeyWorks in Cultural Studies Series , #4
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

David Trend is Director of the University of California's Institute for Research on the Arts, which funds projects through the ten-campus University of California system. He is also Chair of Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine. Former long-time editor of The Socialist Review, Trend is author or editor of a number of books, including Radical Democracy: Identity, Citizenship and the State (1996).

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Table of Contents


Part I: The Machine in the Garden.

1. As We May Think. (Vannevar Bush).

2. Ada. (Sadie Plant).

3. From Virtual Reality to the Virtualization of Reality.(Slavotj Zizek).

4. Speed and Information: cyberspace Alarm! (Paul Virilio).

5. A Manifesto for Cyborgs. (Donna Haraway).

6. Machinic Heterogenesis. (Felix Guattari).

Part II: Knowledge and Communication in a DigitalAge.

7. Johnny Mnemonic. (William Gibson).

8. The Erotic Ontology of Cyberspace. (Michael Heim).

9. Virtually Female: Body and Code. (Margaret Morse).

10. Hypertext and Critical Theory. (George Landdow).

11. Computers as Theatre. (Brenda Laurel).

12. The Information War. (Hakim Bey).

Part III: Living in the Immaterial World.

13. Dilemmas of Transformation in the Age of the Smart Machine.(Shoshana Zuboff).

14. Technology and the Future of Work. (Stanley Aronowitz).

15. The Theory of the Virtual Class. (Arthur Kroker and MichaelA. Weinsteing).

16. The Informational Economy. (Manuel Castells).

17. The Global Information Highway: Project for an UngovernableWorld. (Herbert Schiller).

18. The Coming Age of the Flesh Machine. Critical ArtEnsemble.

Part IV: Performing Identity in Cyberspace.

19. Will the Real Body Please Stand Up? Boundary Stories aboutVirtual Encounters. (Allucquere Rosanne (Sandy) Stone).

20. A Rape in Cyberspace; or, How an Evil Clown, a HaitianTrickster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned aDatabase into a Society. (Julian Dibbell).

21. Women & Children First: Gender and the Settling of theElectronic Frontier. (Laura Miller).

22. We're Teen, We're Queer and We've Got E-mail. (SteveSilberman).

23. Race In/ For Cyberspace: Identity Tourism and Racial Passingon the Internet. (Lisa Nakamura).

24. Who Am We? (Sherry Turkle).

Part V: Searching for Community Online.

25. Collective Intelligence. (Pierre Levy).

26. Cyber Democracy: The Internet and the Public Sphere. (MarkPoster).

27. The Virtual Community. (Howard Rheingold).

28. The Virtual Barrio @ the Other Frontier. (GuillermoGomez-Pena).

29. A Disappearance of Community. (Avital Ronell).

Part VI: Reading Digital Culture.

30. History, Theory and Virtual Reality. (Robert Markley).

31. The Seductions of Cyberspace. (N. Katherine Hayles).

32. New Age Mutant Ninja Hackers: Reading MONDO 2000. (VivianSobchack).

33. Virtual Skin: Articulating Race in Cyberspace. (CameronBailey).

34. Towards a New Media Aesthetic. (Timothy Allen Jackson).

35. The New Smartness. (Andrew Ross).


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