[Air-L] Computers and Popular Culture

Charles Ess charles.ess at gmail.com
Mon Sep 12 05:52:50 PDT 2011

Very nice list, of course - thanks for putting it together for us.

Still, I'm surprised by the omission of Sherry Turkle's recent book, _Alone
Together: Why We Expect More of Technology and Less of Each Other_.  As it
documents especially her more recent series of concerns re. our engagements
with computers as instantiated in robots, in contrast with her earlier
enthusiasms for our engagements with computers and CMC, it strikes me as a
watershed volume along these lines.
In different directions: depending on what we emphasize re. "computation"
and understand by "popular culture" - you might get some interesting
overlaps and certainly important differences by interrogating two other
lists: the list for the International Association for Computing and
Philosophy (ia-cap.org - mailing list free) and HUMANIST, the venerable list
of Digital Humanities (easy to find and join).
Let us know if you do!
Charles Ess
Professor MSO
Institut for Informations- og Medievidenskab
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mail: <imvce at hum.au.dk>
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Professor, Philosophy and Religion
Drury University, Springfield, Missouri 65802 USA

Exemplary persons seek harmony, not sameness. -- Analects 13.23

On 9/12/11 2:30 PM, "Paul Booth" <pbooth81 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> Last week I asked for suggestions for references that dealt with the
> relationship between computers and popular culture. I thought I'd
> share the list that was generated. My sincerest thanks for those that
> helped by offering citations!
> Aldred, Jessica, and Brian Greenspan. 2011. ³A Man Chooses, A Slave
> Obeys: BioShock and the Dystopian Logic of Convergence.² Games and
> Culture (March 27). doi:10.1177/1555412011402674.
> Barbrook, Richard. Imaginary Futures: From Thinking Machines to the
> Global Village. London: Pluto Press, 2007.
> Berdayes, Linda Cooper. ³The Information Highway in Contemporary
> Magazine Narrative.² Journal of Communication 48, no. 2 (1998):
> 109-24.
> Burns, Kelli S. ³Celeb 2.0: How Social Media Foster Our Fascination
> with Popular Culture.² ABC-CLIO. (30 September 2008).
> Eng, Lawrence. Otaku Engagements: Subcultural Appropriation of Science
> and Technology. Ph.D. Diss. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2007.
> Accessed 12 Sept 2011 from
> http://proquest.umi.com/pqdlink?did=1221726101&Fmt=7&clientId=79356&RQT=309&VN
> ame=PQD&cfc=1
> Flichy, Patrice. The Internet Imaginaire. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2007.
> Gibson, William. ³Modern Boys and Mobile Girls.² The Guardian. 01 Apr
> 2011. Accessed 12 Sept 2011 from
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2001/apr/01/sciencefictionfantasyandhorror.fea
> tures.
> Harrasser, Karin. ³Transforming Discourse into Practice:
> Computerhystories znd Digital Cultures around 1984,² Cultural Studies
> 16, no. 6 (2002): 820-32.
> Kera, Denisa. ³From Data Realism to Dada Aggregations: Visualizations
> in Digital Art, Humanities and Popular Culture.² IEEE (July, 2010):
> 297-300. doi:10.1109/IV.2010.99.
> Kevorkian, Martin. Color Monitors: The Black Face of Technology in
> America. Ithaca, NY: Cornel University Press, 2006.
> Pal, Joyojeet. ³Rajnikant¹s Laptop: Computers and Development in
> Popular Indian Cinema,² Information Technologies & International
> Development (2009): 417-426. Doi: 10.1109/ICTD.2009.5426687
> Palfrey, John, and Urs Gasser. Born Digital: Understanding the First
> Generation of Digital Natives. New York: Basic Books, 2010.
> Pärna, Karen. Believing in the Net. Leiden, Netherlands: Leiden
> University Press, 2010.
> Stryker, Cole. Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chanÆs Army Conquered the
> Web. New York: Penguin, 2011.
> Zittrain, Jonathan. The Future of the Internet‹and How to Stop It. New
> Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008.
> "First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to
> turn numbers into letters with ASCII ? and we thought it was a
> typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a
> television. With the World Wide Web, we've realized it's a brochure."
> -- Douglas Adams
> On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 8:19 AM, Paul Booth <pbooth81 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I thought I'd mine the valuable expertise of the list. I'm writing a
>> piece on the relationship between computers and popular culture and I
>> want to make sure I'm covering all my bases, literature-wise. If you
>> know of any critical or germinal works in this field, can you send
>> titles to me, off-list? I'd be happy to compile and post a summary for
>> others.
>> Thanks!
>> Paul
>> --
>> Paul Booth, PhD
>> Assistant Professor of Media and Cinema Studies and Communication Technology
>> College of Communication
>> DePaul University
>> 14 E. Jackson
>> Chicago, IL 60604

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