Worlding: Identity, Media, and Imagination in a Digital Age

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Worlding brings ideas about “virtual” places and societies together with perceptions about the “real” world in an era of mounting global uncertainty. As mass media and the Internet consume ever-increasing portions of our lives, are we becoming disengaged from face-to-face human interaction and real-world concerns? Or is the virtual world actually bringing people closer together and making them more involved with social issues? Worlding argues that the “virtual” and the “real” are profoundly interconnected, often ...

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Overview

Worlding brings ideas about “virtual” places and societies together with perceptions about the “real” world in an era of mounting global uncertainty. As mass media and the Internet consume ever-increasing portions of our lives, are we becoming disengaged from face-to-face human interaction and real-world concerns? Or is the virtual world actually bringing people closer together and making them more involved with social issues? Worlding argues that the “virtual” and the “real” are profoundly interconnected, often in ways we don’t fully appreciate. Drawing on sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, media analysis, and technology studies, Worlding makes the argument that virtual experience and social networking can be vital links to utopian visions and an appreciation of the world’s diversity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612052304
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Trend is Professor of Studio Art at the University of California–Irvine and Director of the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, a UC system-wide program for arts projects and related research. Among his many books are Everyday Culture: Finding and Making Meaning in a Changing World (Paradigm 2008) and A Culture Divided: America’s Struggle for Unity (Paradigm 2009).

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction
2. World Systems of Thought
3. Consuming Desires
4. Mapping Media
5. Destination America
6. Virtual Culture
7. The Mean World
8. Globalization
Index
About the Author
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