1st Edition

The New Media and Technocultures Reader

Edited By Seth Giddings, Martin Lister Copyright 2011
    528 Pages
    by Routledge

    528 Pages
    by Routledge

    The study of new media has developed within a wide range of academic disciplines and theoretical paradigms and has generated a great deal of excitement, hype, and confusion. The New Media & Technocultures Reader gathers texts which map the cultural implications of new media, encapsulating and challenging key debates, theoretical positions, and approaches to research.

    The New Media & Technocultures Reader offers students further reading on and exploration of key issues and topics raised in the textbook New Media: A Critical Introduction. The Reader draws on various disciplinary stances (including visual culture; media and cultural history; media theory; media production; philosophy and the history of the sciences; political economy and sociology), offering readers a rich and interdisciplinary resource. Critical and accessible editorial commentary guides the reader between the extracts and through the debates.




    PART 1: Genealogies of Technoculture

    1.1 The first and second industrial revolution

    Norbert Wiener

    1.2 The ontology of the enemy: Norbert Wiener and the cybernetic vision

    Peter Galison

    1.3 Dazzling the multitude: original media spectacles

    Carolyn Marvin

    1.4 Selected material from Computer Lib / Dream Machines

    Ted Nelson

    1.5 From Kaleidoscomaniac to cybernerd: Towards an archaeology of the media

    Erkki Huhtamo

    1.6 Introduction to War in the Age of Intelligent Machines

    Manuel de Landa

    PART 2: Models of Technology, Media and Culture

    2.1 The labour process and alienation in machinery and science

    Karl Marx

    2.2 Selected material from Understanding Media: the extensions of man (‘The medium is the message’, ‘Media as translators’, ‘The typewriter’)

    Marshall McLuhan

    2.3 The technology and the society

    Raymond Williams

    2.4 The proliferation of hybrids

    Bruno Latour

    2.5 The vanishing point of communication

    Jean Baudrillard

    2.6 ‘The informatics of domination’ and ‘Women in the integrated circuit’ from A Cyborg Manifesto

    Donna Haraway

    2.7 Balance program for desiring machines

    Feliz Guattari

    PART 3: Bodies and Agents

    3.1 Where are the missing masses? The sociology of a few mundane artifacts

    Bruno Latour

    3.2 Cyborgs, coyotes and dogs: a kinship of feminist figurations / there are always more things going on than you thought: methodologies as thinking technologies

    Donna Haraway

    3.3 Feedback and cybernetics: reimaging the body in the age of the cyborg

    David Tomas

    3.4 Creatures on the Internet

    Sarah Kember

    3.5 Intelligent Agency

    J. Macgregor Wise

    3.6 Female Quake players and the politics of identity

    Helen Kennedy

    PART 4: Texts, Forms, Codes

    4.1 Virtuality

    Benjamin Woolley

    4.2 Interactivity

    Pierre Levy

    4.3 The adventure game

    Espen Aarseth

    4.4 Selected material from The Language of New Media (‘The database’ and ‘Navigable space’)

    Lev Manovich

    4.5 Invisible media

    Laura U. Marks

    4.6 Theses on distributed aesthetics

    Geert Lovinck

    4.7 "Hacking" the iPod: A Look Inside Apple’s Portable Music Player

    Gabrielle Consentino

    4.8 Listening in cyberspace

    Mark Katz

    4.9 Hybrid Cinema: The Mask, Masques and Tex Avery

    Norman Klein

    4.10 Photography in the age of electronic imaging

    Martin Lister

    4.11 ‘Eyeball’ from Pilgrim in the Microworld: eye, mind and the essence of video skill

    David Sudnow

    PART 5: Network Culture

    5.1 Trading sexpics on IRC : embodiment and authenticity on the internet

    Don Slater

    5.2 Free labour

    Tiziana Terranova

    5.3 Gaming lifeworlds: social play in persistent environments

    T.L. Taylor

    5.4 Technoscience in hypertext

    Donna Haraway

    5.5 Updating tactical media

    Geert Lovinck

    5.6 Indymedia.org: a new communications commons

    Dorothy Kidd

    PART 6: Everyday Media Technocultures

    6.1 The domestic ecology of objects

    Elaine Lally

    6.2 Domesticating New Media: A discussion on locating mobile media

    Larissa Hjorth

    6.3 Bergson’s iPod? The cognitive management of everyday life

    Michael Bull

    6.4 Everyday (virtual) life

    Mark Poster

    6.5 Japan’s mobile technoculture: the productions of a cellular playscape and its cultural implications

    Michal Daliot-Bul

    6.6 Playspaces, childhood and videogames

    Shanly Dixon & Sandra Weber

    6.7 Mobilizing imagination in everyday play: the case of Japanese media mixes

    Mizuko Ito



    Seth Giddings and Martin Lister are members of the Department of Culture, Media and Drama, in the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of the West of England, Bristol.