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Communication Matters
Materialist Approaches to Media, Mobility and Networks

ISBN 9780415782258
Published December 14, 2011 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

Communication has often been understood as a realm of immaterial, insubstantial phenomena—images, messages, thoughts, languages, cultures, and ideologies—mediating our embodied experience of the concrete world. Communication Matters challenges this view, assembling leading scholars in the fields of Communication, Rhetoric, and English to focus on the materiality of communication. Building on the work of materialist theorists such as Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Friedrich Kittler, and Henri Lefebvre, the essays collected here examine the materiality of discourse itself and the constitutive force of communication in the production of the real.

Communication Matters presents original work that rethinks communication as material and situates materialist approaches to communication within the broader "materiality turn" emerging in the humanities and social sciences.

This collection will be of interest to researchers and postgraduate students in Media, Communication Studies, and Rhetoric.

The book includes images of the digital media installations of Francesca Talenti, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents

Part I Orientations Media/Materiality Introduction The Materiality of Communication, Jeremy Packer and Stephen B. Crofts Wiley  Chapter 1. Media, Materiality, and the Human: A Conversation with N. Katherine Hayles, N. Katherine Hayles  Chapter 2. Becoming Mollusk: A conversation with John Durham Peters about Media, Materiality, and Matters of History, John Durham Peters  Part II Communication Time/Space  Chapter 3. Ubiquitous Sensibility, Marc Hansen  Chapter 4. It Changes Space and Time! Introducing Power-Chronography, Sarah Sharma  Chapter 5. Zeroing In: Overhead Imagery, Infrastructure Ruins, and Datalands in Afghanistan and Iraq, Lisa Parks  Chapter 6.  Rhetoric, Materiality, and U.S. Western Front Commemoration, Carole Blair, V. William Balthrop, and Neil Michel  Chapter 7. Materiality and Urban Communication: The Rhetoric of Communicative Spaces, Victoria Gallagher, Kenneth Zagacki, and Kelly Norris Martin  Chapter 8.The Birth of the "Neoliberal" City and its Media, James Hay  Part III Communication Assemblages/Networks  Chapter 9. Beyond Transmission, Modes, and Media, Jennifer Daryl Slack  Chapter 10. Attention and Assemblage in the Clickable World, J. Macgregor Wise Chapter 11. The Documentality of Mme Briet’s Antelope, Bernd Frohmann  Chapter 12. Assemblages, Networks, Subjects: A Materialist Approach to the Production of Social Space, Stephen B. Crofts Wiley, Tabita Moreno, and Daniel M. Sutko  Chapter 13. Vitalism, Animality, and the Material Grounds of Rhetoric, Byron Hawk  Chapter 14. 8 Mile: Networked Decision Making, Jeff Rice  Chapter 15. Lessons form the YMCA: The Material Rhetoric of Criticism, Rhetorical Interpretation and Pastoral Power, Ronald Walter Greene  Part IV Communication Mobility/Immobility  Chapter 16. Materializing US-Caribbean Borders: Airports as Technologies of Communication, Coordination and Control, Mimi Sheller  Chapter 17. Publicized Privacy: Social Networking and the Compulsive Search for Limits, Joshua Gunn and John Sloop  Chapter 18. Virtual Mobility: The Sign/Body of Pure Information, Ken Hillis  Chapter 19. Location-aware technologies: Control and privacy in hybrid spaces, Adriana de Souza e Silva and Jordan Frith  Chapter 20. Flow and Mobile Media: Broadcast Fixity to Digital Fluidity, Kathleen Oswald and Jeremy Packer

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Jeremy Packer is Associate Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University. He is the author of Mobility Without Mayhem: Cars, Safety and Citizenship and the editor of Foucault, Cultural Studies, and Governmentality, Thinking with James Carey: Essays on Communications, Transportation, History and Secret Agents: Popular Icons Beyond James Bond.

Stephen B. Crofts Wiley is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University. His work analyzes the production of space and place, focusing especially on globalization in Latin America, and has been published in Communication Theory, Cultural Studies, and Media, Culture & Society.