[Air-L] Sharing the recommendations i got for philosophical perspectives on digital culture

Carmel Vaisman carmelv at gmail.com
Wed Feb 29 09:05:04 PST 2012

Hi all,

I've been asked to share the list I compiled from the recommendations I got
for readings on philosophic aspect of digital culture. Two disclaimers: it
includes some of the more popular lit too and it's quite cut & pasted, not
fully "digested" yet, so I apologize. Here it is:

Alexander Galloway / Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture, Protocol

Andrew Feenberg's critical theory of technology, especially as developed
extensively in conjunction with empirical work on CMC by Maria Bakardjieva -
e.g., her forthcoming "Web 2.0 Technologies of the Self," co-authored with

Georgia Gaden.  ("Online first" - DOI: 10.1007/s13347-011-0032-9)

Angela Daly, a paper under review on Anarchism and the Internet, which
critiques Yochai
Benkler's assertions/predictions in 'Wealth of Networks'.

Operations Object-oriented Ontology lit (Ian Bogost / Unit, as starting

Fuchs Christian "Internet and society" and "Foundations of critical media
and inforamtion studies" are based on social theory and philosohy, namely
critical theory and Hegel's philosophy.

Ray Kurzweil on transhumanism. Start with The Singularity is Near / The Age
of Spiritual Machines (*p.s: I am actually looking for an interesting
humanistic critic on singularity if anyone can help that'll be great) *

Glyn Moody - Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution and also
Mark Pesce - http://thenextbillionseconds.com/2012/01/10/initiation/

Cory Doctorow, both his fiction and non fiction writings, perhaps
especially for your purposes his book Little Brother.

Charles Stross especially his book Halting State. His story Lobsters is
just crazy out there, but amazing.

Elizabeth Buchanan and Annette Markham on the "Ethical Guidelines 2.0"
document for AoIR.

Ess, C. and Thorseth, M. 2011.  Introduction, in C. Ess and M. Thorseth
(eds.), _Trust and Virtual Worlds: Contemporary Perspectives_, pp. vii-xxiv.
New York: Peter Lang.

Ess, C. And Cheong, P. 2012. Introduction: Religion 2.0? Relational and
Hybridizing Pathways in Religion, Social Media, and Culture.  In P. Cheong,
P. Fischer-Nielsen, S. Gelfgren, and C. Ess (eds.), _Digital Religion,
Social Media and Culture: Perspectives, Practices and Futures_, pp. 1-21.
New York: Peter Lang.

Ess, C.  - Introduction to a forthcoming issue of Philosophy and Technology
on "Personal Identity Online"

Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology_ a review of Charles ESS on
the book (Charles, do share it…)

Turoff, Murray, Virtuality, CACM, Volume 40, Number 9, September 1997, pp.

* <http://www.amazon.com/Shallows-What-Internet-Doing-Brains/dp/0393072223>

*The Shallows*<http://www.amazon.com/Shallows-What-Internet-Doing-Brains/dp/0393072223>by
Nick Carr,
*The Information<http://www.amazon.com/Information-History-Theory-Flood/dp/0375423729/>
* by James Gleick, and *You Are Not a
* by Jaron Lanier

Jenkins's syllabus for "science fiction as media theory":

Diane Dubrule's syllabus on computer ethics:


Deborah G. Johnson, Computer Ethics. Prentice Hall.

Peter Ludlow (ed.). High Noon on the Electronic Frontier: Conceptual Issues
in Cyberspace. MIT Press.

Vallor, S. (2009). Social Networking Technology and the Virtues. Ethics and
Information Technology. Volume 12, Number 2
<http://www.springerlink.com/content/1388-1957/12/2/>, 157-170, DOI:

Vallor, S. 2011. Flourishing on facebook: virtue friendship & new social
media. Ethics and Information Technology. Doi: 10.1007/s10676-010-9262-2.

Zizek: "Cyberspace, Or, The Unbearable Closure of Being" from chapter 4 of
_The Plague of Fantasies_and his analysis of MIT's SixthSense in _Living in
the End Times_

Facebook and Philosophy: What¹s On Your Mind?, ? D.E. Wittkower (ed.).
Chicago and La Salle, Illinois: Open Court Press, 2010.



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