This volume explores the ways in which contemporary society negotiates digital technologies and media in South Asia. It focuses on cyber-religion, the notion of self-formation and digital technology, urban cybercultural phenomenon, digital era in cinema and photography that represent an eclectic mix of theoretical positions and practical domains.
It offers an insight into the digital phenomenon and its impacts; religion and theology in the information society; the concept of alterity; new technology and human nature; mobile phones, internet, blog, radio, and the new digital lifestyle; digital cinema; publishing and electronic reproduction; the internet and the bully; city and the global nomad; and digitising the sociological imagination.
This volume will be of great interest to those in media & communication studies, cultural studies, and South Asian studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Nalini Rajan 1. Exaggerated Obituaries: The Tamil Book in the Age of Electronic Reproduction A R Venkatachalapathy 2. Religion and Theology in the Information Society Felix Wilfred 3. Alterity, Technology, and Human Nature R Radhakrishnan 4. What Mobile Phones Make of Us A Srivathsan 5. The Unplugged City and the Global Nomad Andre Lemos and Julio Valentim 6. Internet, Mobiles, and the New Digital Lifestyle A Vishnu 7. Digitising the Sociological Imagination Rahul Srivastava 8. The 'Real' Story of Children's Publishing Sandhya Rao 9. The Digital Phenomenon: Panacea or Faustian Bargain Ashok Panikkar 10. Blog In, Blog Out Dilip D'Souza 11. The New Technologies and the Constitution of 'Theft' Nalini Rajan 12. Acting among the Shadows of the Screen Charlene Rajendran 13. Digital Cinema in India: Apparent Horizons K Hariharan 14. Radio Daze: A Medium in Churning Bindu Bhaskar 15. The Internet and the Bully Valerie Kaye. Notes on Editors and Contributors. Index
Nalini Rajan is Associate Professor at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She has held post-doctoral and Visiting fellowships at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh, and at the Hastings Center, New York. She has published two academia books: Secularism, Democracy, Justice- Implications of Rawlsian principles in India, 1998, and Democracy and the Limits of Minority rights, 2002, apart from numerous articles in academic journals and collected volumes. Her novel, The Pangolin’s Tale, will be published later this year.