[Air-l] key terms/concepts for understanding the web

swiss@uiowa thomas-swiss at uiowa.edu
Wed Jan 29 23:26:12 PST 2003

Hi, all,

Am considering a new edition of a book I edited a few years ago for NYU Press: UNSPUN.  
The book looked at key terms/concepts/tropes in re: the web. 
In chapters written specifically for this text, the authors explored the key terms and concepts -- gender, community, and so on -- that help shape our understanding of the World Wide Web and its wide-ranging influence on contemporary culture.  
Each chapter highlighted for students both continuities and conflicts in the meanings of the Web by focusing on the language surrounding key terms.  In doing so, the book  asked: what are we talking about when we talk about the Web?  

Below: the TOC. What I'm wondering about is this: what key terms do you all see as missing from this list? Clearly there are many. But developing such a list would be helpful to me, and I'd appreciate your feedback on what terms should be added, along with essays of about 20 pages on the terms?

thanks for yr help. Contact me at <thomas-swiss at uiowa.edu>

best, Thom


Introduction:  Unspun: The Web, Language, and Society

1.  Community
	Jodi Dean			
2.  Identity
	Jay Bolter 
3.  Gender
	Cynthia Fuchs
4.  Race
            Lisa Nakamura
5.  Political Economy
	Vincent Mosco
6.  Cyberspace
	Rob Shields
7. Governance
	Timothy Luke
8.  Ideology 
	John Sloop
9.  Performance
	Dawn Dietrich
10.  Hypertext
	Matthew Kirschenbaum
11. Narrative
	Joseph Tabbi
12. Authorship
	Russell Potter
13.  Multimedia
	Sean Cubitt

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