The work explores the complex and profound implications of digital technology for a stunning variety of spaces, ranging from science and cinema to citizenship and bazaars. It maps the multiple ways in which the 'new' media rewrites the 'old', and the dilemmas and issues that they pitch - questioning, in turn, recieved notions of knowledge, legality, ethics, privacy, identity and community. The book argues that the old and the new media are neither radically different nor the same: while the mutability of a narrative, whether on the printed page or on a digitally recorded disk remains, there are intrinsic differences between print and digital print.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Photographs. Acknowledgements 1. Introduction Nalini Rajan 2. A Brief History of the Internet from the 15th to the 18th Century Lawrence Liang 3. The Cut and Thrust of Eisenstein's Montage Sashi Kumar 4. Academics v. the Rest: Some Questions around the Issue of Plagiarism Arvind Sivaramakrishnan 5. Inventive Science: The Question of Ethics Vijaya Swaminath 6. Whose DNA Is It, Anyway? Expanding DNA Databanks Raise Human Rights Concerns Sujatha Byravan 7. 'Thank You for Saving Hindus': Reflectionson HIndu Hatred in the Digital Age Subarno Chattarji 8. The New Politics of the New Media Yuk Hui 9. Bebo-ing the South Seas: From Tin Cans to the Internet in the Pacific Michael Field 10. Weaving an India with Mailing Lists Frederick Noronha 11. Digital Dreams Baradwaj Rangan 12. Architecture in the Era of Digital Imagination A.Srivathsan 13. Technological Ruins: A Short Essay Ravi Sundaram 14. Nehru Place, or Why the Whole is More than the Sum of its Parts Aman Sethi 15. End of Technological Innocence Subramanya Sastry 16. 'Domasticating' Technology Subashree Krishnaswamy. About the Editor. Notes on Contributors. Index
Nalini Rajan is Professor at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India.