The Digital Nexus: Identity, Agency, and Political Engagement

The Digital Nexus: Identity, Agency, and Political Engagement

by Raphael Foshay (Editor)

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The Digital Nexus: Identity, Agency, and Political Engagement by Raphael Foshay

The totalizing scope of the combined effects of computerization and the worldwide network are the subject of the essays in The Digital Nexus, a volume that responds to McLuhan’s request for a “special study” of the tsunami-like transformation of the communication landscape. These critical excursions provide analysis of and insight into the way new media technologies change the workings of social engagement for personal expression, social interaction, and political engagement. The contributors investigate the terms and conditions under which our digital society is unfolding and provide compelling arguments for the need to develop an accurate grasp of the architecture of the Web and the challenges that ubiquitous connectivity undoubtedly delivers to both public and private life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771991292
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 04/07/2016
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Raphael Foshay has been teaching in Athabasca University’s MA Program in Integrated Studies since 2008. He is the editor of Valences of Interdisciplinarity: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy. Contributors: Ian Angus, Maria Bakardjieva, Daryl Campbell, Sharone Daniel, Andrew Feenberg, Raphael Foshay, Carolyn Guertin, David J. Gunkel, Bob Hanke, Leslie Lindballe, Mark McCutcheon, Roman Onufrijchuk, Josipa G. Petrunic, Peter J. Smith, Lorna Stefanick, and Karen Wall

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Computational Turn and the Digital Network / Raphael Foshay

Part I: Digital Theory1. The Internet in Question / Andrew Feenberg2. Emergent Meaning in the Information Age / Ian Angus3. Responsible Machines: The Opportunities and Challenges of Artificial Autonomous Agents / David J. Gunkel4. Open Source Transparency: The Making of an Altered Identity / Daryl Campbell

Part II: Digital Culture5. Hacktivist (Pre)Occupations: Self-Surveillance, Participation and Public Space / Carolyn Guertin6. Theoretical and Institutional Contexts of the Dubject, the Doubled and Spaced Self / Mark McCutcheon7. The Network University in Transition / Bob Hanke8. Spinning the Web: Critical Discourse Analysis and its Online Space / Leslie Lindballe9. Paramortals, or Dancing with the Interactive Digital Dead / Roman Onufrijchuk

Part III: Digital Politics10. The Rise of the National Surveillance State in Comparative Perspective / Peter J. Smith11. Democracy and Identity in the Digital Age / Lorna Stefanick and Karen Wall12. The Digital Democratic Deficit: Analysis of Digital Voting in a Canadian Party Leadership Race / Josipa Petrunic13. Navigating the “Mediapolis”: Digital Media and Emerging Practices of Democratic Participation / Maria Bakardjieva14. The Construction of Collective Action Frames in Facebook Groups / Sharone Daniel15. Afterword / Raphael Foshay

Appendix: Do Machines Have Rights? Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: David Gunkel / Interviewed by Paul Kellogg

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