[Air-l] Internet and new media studies book published

M White mwhite at michelewhite.org
Mon Jun 26 09:31:39 PDT 2006

Sorry folks, something garbled my first message.
Hopefully the correct text follows:

Hello, I announced this on AoIR's FPTQ listserv but
thought I would mention it on this list as well. My
book on Internet and computer spectatorship--The Body
and the Screen: Theories of Internet
Spectatorship--was just published by MIT Press. Many
of you have contributed time and suggestions to this
project and I want to thank you once again for your
support. I thought that it would be of interest to
some AoIR readers because I consider such things as
the interface, the use of the term "user," how
Internet engagements are gendered, the varied forms of
Internet work, programmers' embodiment, and the issues
surrounding computer "demanufacturing." In this book,
I pose hybrid critical models and suggest how theories
of authorship, feminist and psychoanalytic film,
gender and queer studies, hypertext, television, and
postcolonial and critical race studies offer ways to
understand Internet sites and spectatorship. My hope
is that the critical models indicated in this book can
support ongoing Internet and computer research. I am
including full publication details and the table of
contents below. I would be happy to answer any

All my best,

White, Michele. The Body and the Screen: Theories of
Internet Spectatorship. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press,
2006. ISBN 0-262-23249-9

The Body, the Screen, and Representations: An
Introduction to Theories of Internet Spectatorship	

1. Making Internet and Computer Spectators
Rendering Liveness, Materiality, and Space		
Notions of the Empowered User		
Addressing the Spectator		
Stabilizing Identity		
Erasing the Interface		
Conclusion: Active Users by Design		

2. Visual Pleasure through Textual Passages: Gazing in
Multi-user Object-oriented Settings (MOOs)
The Look and the Gaze		
Character Creation and Attributes in MOOs		
The Look and the Gaze in MOOs		
Gendered Gazing in MOOs		
Graphical MOOs		
Conclusion: Between Multiple and Coherent Identity
3. Too Close to See, Too Intimate a Screen: Men,
Women, and Webcams
Feminism and Spectatorship		
Critical and Journalistic Considerations of Webcams		
Women and Webcams		
Regulating the Spectator		
Women Webcam Operators and Authority		
Visibility and Webcams		
Making Texts Real		
Some Problems with Webcam Viewing		
Just a Guy		
Conclusion: The Politics of Being Seen		

4. The Aesthetic of Failure: Confusing Spectators with
Net Art Gone Wrong	
Aesthetics and Net Art		
Net Art		
An Aesthetic of Failure		
Peter Luining		
Michaël Samyn		
Conclusion: The Limits of Failure and Repetition		

5. Can You Read Me? Setting-specific Meaning in
Virtual Places (VP)
Virtual Places		
Painters and Avatar Galleries		
Owning Texts		
Criteria for Originality		
Theories of Internet Authorship		
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and the Avatar		
Making Differences in Virtual Places		
Conclusion: Authorship in Other Internet Settings		

6. This Is Not Photography, This Is Not a Cohesive
View: Computer-facilitated Imaging and Fragmented
Making the Digital Imaging Spectator		
Digital or Post-photography		
The Scanner as Camera		
Carol Selter's Animalia and Punctum		
Susan Silton's Self Portraits and Images of the
Partial Self		
Ken Gonzales-Day's Skin Series and the Cut		
The New Media Grid		
Conclusion: The Morphed Spectator		

The Flat and the Fold: A Consideration of Embodied
Carol Selter, Susan Silton, Ken Gonzales-Day, and the
The Body Folded and Evacuated		
Hierarchy and Control		
The Spectator in Pain		
The Fat and the Fold		
Men and the Weight Loss "Challenge"		
Erotic Folding		
Conclusion: A Technology of Waste

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