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

Jennifer Stromer-Galley jstromer at albany.edu
Thu Jan 30 07:34:11 PST 2003


I would add 'interactivity.' 

One of the remarkable elements of the Web is the enabling of feedback
within the medium itself (ala 1960s cybernetics theory), in the form of
search engines, hyperlinks, etc. as well as feedback between people
using the Web (chat programs or message boards). 

Interactivity opens up a whole new arena for possible forms of social
interaction to occur (like community) IF a) people set up websites to
take advantage of those features and b) users of the websites use the
features offered to them.

Best,
~Jennifer Stromer-Galley



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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



------------------------------------------------
TABLE OF CONTENTS



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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