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Electronic Mediations #15: Electronic Monuments

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While corporations, governmental groups, and public relations firms debated the best way to memorialize the event of 9/11, sites of commemoration could be seen across the country and especially on the Internet. Greg Ulmer suggests that this reality points us to a new sense of monumentality, one that is collaborative in nature rather than iconic. 

From a do-it-yourself Mount Rushmore to an automated tribute to the devastating annual toll of traffic deaths in the United States, Electronic Monuments describes commemoration as a fundamental experience, joining individual and collective identity, and adapting both to the emerging apparatus of “electracy,” or digital literacy. Concerns about the destruction of civic life caused by the society of the spectacle are refocused on the question of how a collectivity remembers who or what it is. 

Ulmer proposes that the Internet makes it possible for monumentality to become a primary site of self-knowledge, one that supports a new politics, ethics, and dimension of education. The Internet thus holds the promise of bringing citizens back into the political equation as witnesses and monitors. 

Gregory L. Ulmer is professor of English and media studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Book News Annotation:

Ulmer (English and media studies, U. of Florida) makes a case for an extremely positive use of technology that is already current and should be encouraged, that being commemoration of events through digital literacy. The immediate and urgent response on the Internet to 9/11 is only one example, and Ulmer has plenty on a variety of social and political concerns as he examines the erosion of civic life, which he indicates is being replaced by the "society of the spectacle," and how people and societies remember who or what it is. Ulmer concentrates on the Internet, but also pays close attention to how and why people create their commemorations and memorials for it.
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Book News Annotation:

Ulmer (English and media studies, U. of Florida) makes a case for an extremely positive use of technology that is already current and should be encouraged, that being commemoration of events through digital literacy. The immediate and urgent response on the Internet to 9/11 is only one example, and Ulmer has plenty on a variety of social and political concerns as he examines the erosion of civic life, which he indicates is being replaced by the "society of the spectacle," and how people and societies remember who or what it is. Ulmer concentrates on the Internet, but also pays close attention to how and why people create their commemorations and memorials for it. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816645831
Author:
Ulmer, Gregory
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
Electronics - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Design
Subject:
Instructional systems
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Internet in education - United States
Subject:
Human-computer interaction -- United States.
Subject:
Electricity-General Electronics
Edition Number:
First
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Electronic Mediations
Series Volume:
15
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 halftones, 1 line art
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 5.88 x 1 in

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