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Critical Cyberculture Studies

by David Silver and Adrienne Massanari New York University Press
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Starting in the early 1990s, journalists and scholars began responding to and trying to take account of new technologies and their impact on our lives. By the end of the decade, the full-fledged study of cyberculture had arrived. Today, there exists a large body of critical work on the subject, with cutting edge studies probing beyond the mere existence of virtual communities and online identities to examine the social, cultural, and economic relationships that take place online. Taking stock of the exciting work that is being done and positing what cyberculture's future might look like, Critical Cyberculture Studies brings together a diverse and multidisciplinary group of scholars from around the world to assess the state of the field. Opening with a historical overview of the field, it goes on to highlight the interests and methodologies of a mobile and creative field, providing a much-needed how-to guide for those new cyberstudies. The final two sections explore issues of race, class, and gender and digital media's ties to capital and commerce - from the failure of dot-coms to free software and the hacking movement. This flagship book is a must-read for anyone interested in the dynamic and increasingly crucial study of cyberculture and new technologies.

Foreword: Dreams of Fields: Possible Trajectories of Internet Studies
Steve Jones
Introduction: Where Is Internet Studies? 
David Silver
Part I Fielding the Field
1 Jonathan Sterne
2 Lisa Nakamura
3 Espen Aarseth
4 David Silver and Alice Marwick
5 Wendy Robinson
6 McKenzie Wark
Part II Critical Approaches and Methods
7 Nancy K. Baym
8 Kirsten Foot
9 Heidi J. Figueroa Sarriera
10 Christian Sandvig
11 Beth E. Kolko
12 Anthony Fung
13 Blanca Gordo
14 Greg Elmer
15 Stine Gotved
Part III Cultural Difference in/and Cyberculture
16 Emily Noelle Ignacio
17 Madhavi Mallapragada
18 Bharat Mehra
19 David J. Phillips
20 Frank Schaap
21 Kate O’Riordan
Part IV Critical Histories of the Recent Past
22 Fred Turner
23 Shanthi Kalathil
24 Adrienne Massanari
25 Gina Neff
About the Contributors

"This expansive book functions as both survey and call to action. Even as they map the shifting contours of an emergent field, the editors and contributors warn against the deadening force of disciplinarity. They encourage a nimble, flexible formulation of cyberculture studies, one that can keep pace with the rapid pulse of technological change and, more importantly, also address the injustices wrought of life in a networked age. Like the best traditions of cultural studies, they aim not just to describe our moment but to matter in the world."
David Silver is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of San Francisco. Adrienne Massanari is a Ph.D. candidate in communication at the University of Washington.