1st Edition

Digital Russia
The Language, Culture and Politics of New Media Communication

ISBN 9780415707046
Published March 7, 2014 by Routledge
312 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

USD $200.00

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Book Description

Digital Russia provides a comprehensive analysis of the ways in which new media technologies have shaped language and communication in contemporary Russia. It traces the development of the Russian-language internet, explores the evolution of web-based communication practices, showing how they have both shaped and been shaped by social, political, linguistic and literary realities, and examines online features and trends that are characteristic of, and in some cases specific to, the Russian-language internet.

Table of Contents

Introduction Michael S. Gorham, Ingunn Lunde and Martin Paulsen  Part 1: Contexts  1. The (Im)personal Connection: Computational Systems and (Post-)Soviet Cultural History Vlad Strukov  2. From the Utopia of Autonomy to a Political Battlefield: Towards a History of the "Russian Internet" Natalya Konradova and Henrike Schmidt  Part 2: New Media Spaces  3. Divided by a Common Web: Some Characteristics of the Russian Blogosphere Gasan Gusejnov  4. Social Network Sites on the Runet: Exploring Social Communication Tine Roesen and Vera Zvereva  5. Testing and Contesting Russian Twitter Martin Paulsen and Vera Zvereva  Part 3: Language and Diversity  6. The Written Turn: How CMC Actuates Linguistic Change in Russian Aleksandrs Berdicevskis  7. Slangs go Online, or the Rise and Fall of the Olbanian Language Aleksandrs Berdicevskis and Vera Zvereva  8. Language on Display: On the Performative Character of Computer-Mediated Metalanguage Ingunn Lunde  9. Translit: Computer-Mediated Digraphia on the Runet Martin Paulsen  Part 4: Literature and New Technology  10. Russian Literature on the Internet: From Hypertext to Fairy Tale Henrike Schmidt  11. Occassional Political Poetry and the Culture of the Russian Internet Roman Leibov  12. Digitizing Everything? Online Libraries on the Runet Kåre Johan Mjør  Part 5: The Political Realm  13. Politicians Online: Prospects and Perils of "Direct Internet Democracy" Michael S. Gorham  14. Languages of Memory Ellen Rutten  15. Is there a Russian Cyber Empire? Dirk Uffelmann

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Michael S. Gorham is an Associate Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Florida, USA.

Ingunn Lunde is Professor of Russian at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Martin Paulsen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bergen, Norway.