Critical Digital Studies: A Reader, Second Edition

Edited by Arthur Kroker and Marilouise Kroker

© 2013

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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  • Series: Digital Futures
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 624 pages
  • Illustrations: 49
  • Dimensions: 6.6in x 1.3in x 9.5in
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Critical Digital Studies: A Reader, Second Edition

Edited by Arthur Kroker and Marilouise Kroker

© 2013

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Digital Futures
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 624 pages
  • Illustrations: 49
  • Dimensions: 6.6in x 1.3in x 9.5in
  • Reviews

    “The Krokers are more than experts on questions of digital culture; they are leaders in the field who bring an essential, innovative, and irreplaceable perspective to literature in the area.”


    Ted Hiebert, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell

    Critical Digital Studies offers sound and well-supported research at the very edge of critical reflection. Arthur and Marilouise Kroker's anthology keeps up with the speed economies of networks not from within the wave but where the waves crash and even at times outruns them.”
    Ricardo Dominguez, Electronic Disturbance Theater

    “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
  • Author Information

    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.
  • 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

    Bibliography

    Contributors

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