Critical Digital Studies: A Reader, Second Edition

Paperback | November 5, 2013

EditorArthur Kroker, Marilouise Kroker

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Since its initial publication, Critical Digital Studies has proven an indispensable guide to understanding digitally mediated culture. Bringing together the leading scholars in this growing field, internationally renowned scholars Arthur and Marilouise Kroker present an innovative and interdisciplinary survey of the relationship between humanity and technology. The reader offers a study of our digital future, a means of understanding the world with new analytic tools and means of communication that are defining the twenty-first century.

The second edition includes new essays on the impact of social networking technologies and new media. A new section - "New Digital Media" - presents important, new articles on topics including hacktivism in the age of digital power and the relationship between gaming and capitalism. The extraordinary range and depth of the first edition has been maintained in this new edition. Critical Digital Studies will continue to provide the leading edge to readers wanting to understand the complex intersection of digital culture and human knowledge.

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Since its initial publication, Critical Digital Studies has proven an indispensable guide to understanding digitally mediated culture. Bringing together the leading scholars in this growing field, internationally renowned scholars Arthur and Marilouise Kroker present an innovative and interdisciplinary survey of the relationship betwee...

Arthur Kroker is the director of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture, and Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture, and Theory at the University of Victoria.Marilouise Kroker is a senior research scholar in the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture at the University of Victoria.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 9.5 × 6.6 × 1.25 inPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
ARTHUR AND MARILOUISE KROKER

CODE BREAKERS

  1. Traumas of Code
    N. KATHERINE HAYLES
  2. A Game of Cat’s Cradle: Science Studies, Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies
    DONNA J. HARAWAY
  3. Reframing the Cathedral: Opening the Sources of Technologies and Cultural Assumptions
    SARA DIAMOND
  4. Romancing the Anti-body: Lust and Longing in (Cyber)space
    LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON

NEW DIGITAL MEDIA

  1. All Bugs Are Shallow: Digital Biopower, Hacker Resistance, and Technological Error in Open-Source Software
    MATTHEW KELLY
  2. Contagion Theory: Beyond the Microbe
    TONY D. SAMPSON
  3. A Conversation with Spirits inside the Simulation of a Coast Salish Longhouse
    JACKSON 2BEARS
  4. Empire@Play: Virtual Games and Global Capitalism
    NICK DYER-WITHEFORD AND GREIG DE PEUTER
  5. Archaeologies of Media Art
    JUSSI PARIKKA IN CONVERSATION WITH GARNET HERTZ

TECHNOLOGY, IDENTITY, AND SURVEILLANCE

  1. Precision + Guided + Seeing
    JORDAN CRANDALL
  2. Understanding Meta-media
    LEV MANOVICH
  3. Black Box, Black Bloc
    ALEXANDER R. GALLOWAY
  4. Biophilosophy for the 21st Century
    EUGENE THACKER
  5. Algebra of Identity: Skin of Wind, Skin of Streams, Skin of Shadows, Skin of Vapour
    D. FOX HARRELL

POLITICS, GENDER, AND RELIGION

INFORMATION AND POWER

  1. Communication and Imperialism
    JAMES TULLY
  2. Occupology, Swarmology, Whateverology: The City of (Dis)order versus the People’s Archive
    GREGORY SHOLETTE
  3. Tell Us What’s Going to Happen: Information Feeds to the War on Terror
    SAMUEL NUNN
  4. Grammar of Terrorism: Captivity, Media, and a Critique of Biopolitics
    MICHAEL DARTNELL
  5. Virilio’s Apocalypticism
    MARK FEATHERSTONE

GENDER AND SEXUALITY

  1. The Cyborg Mother: A Breached Boundary
    JAIMIE SMITH-WINDSOR
  2. Haptics, Mobile Handhelds, and Other ‘Novel’ Devices: The Tactile Unconscious of Reading across Old and New Media
    RACHEL C. LEE
  3. Becoming Dragon: A Transversal Technology Study
    MICHA CÁRDENAS

RELIGION AND SOCIETY

  1. Circuits, Death, and Sacred fiction: The City of Banaras
    MAHESH DAAS
  2. Digital Cosmologies: Religion, Technology, and Ideology
    ARTHUR KROKER
  3. Technologies of the Apocalypse: The Left Behind Novels and Flight from the Flesh
    STEPHEN PFOHL

CULTURE, ART, AND COMMUNICATION

PERCEPTION

  1. The Aura of the Digital
    MICHAEL BETANCOURT
  2. When Taste Politics Meets Terror: The Critical Art Ensemble on Trial
    JOAN HAWKINS
  3. Distraction and Digital Culture
    WILLIAM BOGARD

PERFORMANCE

  1. Metal Performance: humanizing Robots, Returning to Nature, and Camping About
    STEVE DIXON
  2. Prosthetic Head: Intelligence, Awareness, and Agency
    STELARC
  3. Simulated Talking Machines: Stelarc’s Prosthetic Head
    JULIE CLARKE
  4. Slipstreaming the Cyborg
    FRANCESCA DE NICOLÒ IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTINA MCPHEE

SOUND

  1. Black Secret Technology (The Whitey on the Moon Dub)
    JULIAN JONKER
  2. Material Memories: Time and the Cinematic Image
    PAUL D. MILLER (DJ SPOOKY)
  3. The Turntable
    CHARLES MUDEDE

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Editorial Reviews

"Arthur and Marilouise Kroker have done a superb job in bringing together the most up-to-date and original scholarship in the field which, as theorists, they have helped to shape. This new edition should be required reading for anyone engaged in digital media research and/or new forms of creative digital practice."

- Janine Marchessault, Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization, York University