Digital Cool: Life in the Age of New Media by Pramod K Nayar

Digital Cool: Life in the Age of New Media

byPramod K Nayar

Kobo ebook | November 15, 2012

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You email your report, check the position of your stocks, play your favourite Rahman, and upload new patches for your favourite simulation gameall using the same three-inch-by-five device that fits into your palm. You chat, share, play and blog, even check for directions to the new Italian restaurant in town online. Everyday life is now digital.Digital Cool examines life in the age of New Media. From Facebook to Internet dating, tablets to Twitter, cyber avatars to Wikisit tells the story of how human lives today are heavily mediated by cool technologies, and how the technologies themselves are mediated by our ways of living, playing, working.Digital Cool is simultaneously about individualisation, with its make-believe detachment (Cool), and the fierce collectivism facilitated by New Media. Theres the young woman waiting for the tube while swishing through the bestseller shes just bought on her iPad, indifferent to her surroundings; there is also the fury of the mainly online Pink Chaddis campaign of 2009, the collaborative radical political critique of kafila.org, or the arrival of Spring in Tahrir, with its unforgettable images of Google executive Wael Ghonim coordinating revolution on Facebook, accessed on his smartphone. US Congressmen tweeted President Obamas first State of the Union address as he spoke, the world was alerted to Andres Iniestas World Cup-winning goal on Twitter, and the incredible landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson was first reported on the microblogging site. Twitter is today the cool way to update followers; YouTube is the platform on which a participatory culture and the sense of belonging to a community play out.Digital technology empowers, enthuses, informs and mediates new forms of community, activism and identity. Culture jamming, participatory journalism and commons knowledge are all components of the activist new media, but also of popular culture.Wide-ranging, accessible and incisive---welcome readers, to the world of Digital Cool!  Click here to enter.
Title:Digital Cool: Life in the Age of New MediaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 15, 2012Publisher:Orient BlackSwanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:8125048294

ISBN - 13:9788125048299

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