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Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools (Electronic Mediations)by Byron Hawk
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The essays in Small Tech investigate the cultural impact of digital tools and provide fresh perspectives on mobile technologies such as iPods, digital cameras, and PDAs and software functions like cut, copy, and paste and WYSIWYG. Together they advance new thinking about digital environments.
Contributors: Wendy Warren Austin, Edinboro U; Jim Bizzocchi, Simon Fraser U; Collin Gifford Brooke, Syracuse U; Paul Cesarini, Bowling Green State U; Veronique Chance, U of London; Johanna Drucker, U of Virginia; Jenny Edbauer, Penn State U; Robert A. Emmons Jr., Rutgers U; Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Clarkson U; Richard Kahn, UCLA; Douglas Kellner, UCLA; Karla Saari Kitalong, U of Central Florida; Steve Mann, U of Toronto; Lev Manovich, U of California, San Diego; Adrian Miles, RMIT U; Jason Nolan, Ryerson U; Julian Oliver; Mark Paterson, U of the West of England, Bristol; Isabel Pedersen, Ryerson U; Michael Pennell, U of Rhode Island; Joanna Castner Post, U of Central Arkansas; Teri Rueb, Rhode Island School of Design; James J. Sosnoski; Lance State, Fordham U; Jason Swarts, North Carolina State U; Barry Wellman, U of Toronto; Sean D. Williams, Clemson U; Jeremy Yuille, RMIT U.
Byron Hawk is assistant professor of English at George Mason University.
David M. Rieder is assistant professor of English at North Carolina State University.
Ollie Oviedo is associate professor of English at Eastern New Mexico University.
Book News Annotation:
Economies and societies once depended upon what they added to the physical world to create or bolster a national identity or a culture. Increasingly, however, what societies create is weightless, based upon immaterial goods, services and techniques produced by technologies such as cell phones, podcasts, personal digital assistants, text and image processing and digital memory. These 16 articles and ten commentaries on individual technologies track the ways in which the technologies and the products they yield interact to change the essence of communication, analysis and criticism. Articles examine such issues as data visualization serving as a new abstraction and an element of the anti-sublime, post-literate practice, unreliable simulation, blogs as literature, virtual reality as a teaching tool, dehumanization and rhetoric, haptic interfaces, and the impact of the "undo" button. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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