Media technologies : essays on communication, materiality, and society / edited by Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo J. Boczkowski, and Kirsten A. Foot.

by Boczkowski, Pablo J [editor of compilation.]Looking glass; Foot, Kirsten A [editor of compilation.]Looking glass; Gillespie, Tarleton [editor of compilation.]Looking glass.

Series: Inside technology: Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2014]Description: xii, 325 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0262525372; 9780262525374.Subject(s): Communication and technologyLooking glass | Digital media -- Social aspectsLooking glass | Material cultureLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-307) and indexes.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Scholars from communication and media studies join those from science and technology studies to examine media technologies as complex, sociomaterial phenomena. In recent years, scholarship around media technologies has finally shed the assumption that these technologies are separate from and powerfully determining of social life, looking at them instead as produced by and embedded in distinct social, cultural, and political practices. Communication and media scholars have increasingly taken theoretical perspectives originating in science and technology studies (STS), while some STS scholars interested in information technologies have linked their research to media studies inquiries into the symbolic dimensions of these tools. In this volume, scholars from both fields come together to advance this view of media technologies as complex sociomaterial phenomena.
The contributors first address the relationship between materiality and mediation, considering such topics as the lived realities of network infrastructure. The contributors then highlight media technologies as always in motion, held together through the minute, unobserved work of many, including efforts to keep these technologies alive.
Contributors
Pablo J. Boczkowski, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Finn Brunton, Gabriella Coleman, Gregory J. Downey, Kirsten A. Foot, Tarleton Gillespie, Steven J. Jackson, Christopher M. Kelty, Leah A. Lievrouw, Sonia Livingstone, Ignacio Siles, Jonathan Sterne, Lucy Suchman, Fred Turner

Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-307) and indexes.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • About the Contributors (p. ix)
  • Editors' Acknowledgments (p. xiii)
  • 1 Introduction (p. 1)
  • I The Materiality of Mediated Knowledge and Expression
  • 2 Materiality and Media in Communication and Technology Studies: An Unfinished Project (p. 21)
  • 3 Steps Toward Cosmopolitanism in the Study of Media Technologies: Integrating Scholarship on Production, Consumption, Materiality, and Content (p. 53)
  • 4 Closer to the Metal (p. 77)
  • 5 Emerging Configurations of Knowledge Expression (p. 99)
  • 6 "What Do We Want?" "Materiality!" "When Do We Want It?" "Now!" (p. 119)
  • 7 Mediations and Their Others (p. 129)
  • II The People, Practices, and Promises of Information Networks
  • 8 Making Media Work: Time, Space, Identity, and Labor in the Analysis of Information and Communication Infrastructures (p. 141)
  • 9 The Relevance of Algorithms (p. 167)
  • 10 The Fog of Freedom (p. 195)
  • 11 Rethinking Repair (p. 221)
  • 12 Identifying the Interests of Digital Users as Audiences, Consumers, Workers, and Publics (p. 241)
  • 13 The World Outside and the Pictures in Our Networks (p. 251)
  • References (p. 261)
  • Author Index (p. 309)
  • Subject Index (p. 319)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Tarleton Gillespie is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University and the author of Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture (MIT Press). Pablo J. Boczkowski is Professor and Director of the Program in Media, Technology, and Society at Northwestern University and the author of Digitizing the News (MIT Press), News at Work, and The News Gap (MIT Press). Kirsten A. Foot is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, and lead author of Web Campaigning (MIT Press).

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