In Life after New Media, Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska make a case for a significant shift in our understanding of new media. They argue that we should move beyond our fascination with objects – computers, smart phones, iPods, Kindles - to an examination of the interlocking technical, social, and biological processes of mediation. Doing so, they say, reveals that life itself can be understood as mediated - subject to the same processes of reproduction, transformation, flattening, and patenting undergone by other media forms.
Authors: Sarah Kember, Professor of New Technologies of Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Joanna Zylinska, Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Publisher: MIT Press
Read more about this book: http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=12999
Conference that wants to, e.g., develop critical frameworks and methodologies that enable the reception, consumption and impact of new technologies, specifically the conference focuses on human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, social interaction and networking, organizational contexts and cultural contexts.
Abstracts due May 10, 2012. Istanbul, Turkey, May 16-18, 2012.
The principal objectives of International New Media Conference are:
The themes of the conference will cover but not be limited to:
Details for attending, for paying registration, and for submitting abstracts and papers are now available on the website: http://www.inm-c.net/
To submit your papers to this conference, you must first log into the INMC2012 site or create a login account
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to announce an open call for papers for the international conference “New media: changing media landscapes” to be held at St.-Petersburg campus of Higher School of Economics, Russia, on September 27-28, 2012. The conference is aimed at bringing together academics and professionals in the sphere of new and convergent media.
Full papers due April 1, 2012.
It focuses on, but is not limited to the changes in the Baltic Sea region and covers a broad range of topics connected to the interplay of “new” and “old” media, including:
Keynote speakers: Leif Dahlberg, KTH; Gunnar Nygren, Södertörn university; Olessia Koltsova, HSE (St.Petersburg); Ilia Kiriya, HSE (Moscow)
The program committee accepts papers describing results of original empirical or methodological research or of practical experience. Young scholars are encouraged to apply; non-paper participation is possible after registration. A limited number of skype-presented papers will be accepted. There is no conference fee.
Program committee: Leif Dahlberg, KTH; Christer Lie, KTH; Olessia Koltsova, HSE (St.Petersburg); Sergey Davydov, HSE (Moscow); Ilia Kiriya, HSE (Moscow); Gunnar Nygren, Södertörn university; Elena Degtereva, Södertörn university; Aurika Meimre, Tallinn university
Abstracts and further questions should be sent to Ilia Kiriya, HSE (Moscow) ikiria(at)hse.ru
Online journal Digital Icons aims to construct a collaborative historical narrative that would define use of digital media, including digital gadgets, digital forms of communication and digital practices, in a post-communist, post-totalitarian space. New issue is out now.
Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media Issue 6. http://www.digitalicons.org/
Issue 6 of Digital Icons explores the concept of transmediality as one of a series of common thematic strands, discusses new digital phenomena and launches a new creative and analytical project, Digital Memoirs. The main objective of Digital memoirs is to facilitate a reflective discussion of the experience of digital media in Russia, Eurasia and Central Europe. Digital Icons aims to construct a collaborative historical narrative that would define use of digital media, including digital gadgets, digital forms of communication and digital practices, in a post-communist, post-totalitarian space. Digital Icons hopes that such a narrative would enhance our understanding of the role of new media in society, contribute to the theory of digital media and avoid the presentism of new media studies by adopting a critical historical perspective. The project straddles practices - creative work and academic reflection; and research disciplines - web anthropology, media studies, communication studies, (literary/art) history, folklore, fandom studies, etc. Digital Memoirs presents diverse voices of cultural authority: the journal publishes submissions of artists, researchers, media practitioners, journalists and people from other professions and walks of life.
Table of contents
6.0 Editorial | Vlad Strukov
6.1 ‘This is your show!’ Mass Creative Practices in Transmedial Projects | Natalia Sokolova
6.2 Stars and Consumers in Contemporary Formats of Media Systems | Alexandra Yatsyk
6.3 Jáchym Topol’s Fictional Statement on the Possibility of Immersive Remembrance | Christine Goelz
6.4 www.snob.ru: A Social Network Site for the Elite | Tine Roesen
6.5 www.openspace.ru: The Faces and Spaces of a Russian Culture-News Portal | Ellen Rutten
6.6 Russian Optimistic Internet TV Channel Dozhd (Interview with Mikhail Zygar’) | Arseny Khitrov
6.7 Digital Memoirs - Our New Project!
6.8 Reports and Commentaries
6.9 Book Reviews
The full issue is available online on http://www.digitalicons.org/.
A frank assessment to begin: There are very few books on new media worth reading. Just when the naysayers decry the end of the written word, bookstore shelves still overflow with fluff on digital this and digital that. And even as a countervailing chorus emerged that was more skeptical of the widespread adoption of new media - in France, Jacques Chirac once spoke disparagingly about “that Anglo-Saxon network” (for, as anyone knows, in the beginning there was Minitel) - it was evident that the Internet revolution had already taken place in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. Like it or not, the new culture is networked and open source, and one is in need of intelligent interventions to evaluate it.
Author: Alexander R Galloway, published in Criticism 2011.
In the years since its original publication in 2001, Lev Manovich’s The Language of New Media has become one of the most read and cited texts on the topic. It is a key entry in the disciplines of poetics and cultural aesthetics, and has helped define the new field of software studies. The book is not without its limitations, however, and perhaps today one may begin to re-evaluate the text with the fresh eyes of historical distance, and through it reassess the rampant open sourcing of all aspects of cultural and aesthetic life, from our tools to our texts, from our bodies to our social milieus.
A copy of this article can be found on http://readperiodicals.com/201107/2546674281.html and the original is here (but you need to pay for it): http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/criticism/v053/53.3.galloway.html
This book is dedicated to Internet surveillance in the age of what has come to be termed “social media” or “web 2.0″ (blogs, wikis, file sharing, social networking sites, microblogs, user-generated content sites, etc). The Internet has been transformed in the past years from a system primarily oriented on information provision into a medium for communication and community-building. The notion of “Web 2.0”, social software, and social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have emerged in this context. With such platforms comes the massive provision and storage of personal data that are systematically evaluated, marketed, and used for targeting users with advertising. In a world of global economic competition, economic crisis, and fear of terrorism after 9/11, both corporations and state institutions have a growing interest in accessing this personal data. Here, contributors explore this changing landscape by addressing topics such as commercial data collection by advertising, consumer sites and interactive media; self-disclosure in the social web; surveillance of file-sharers; privacy in the age of the internet; civil watch-surveillance on social networking sites; and networked interactive surveillance in transnational space. This book is a result of a research action launched by the intergovernmental network COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).
Fuchs, Christian, Kees Boersma, Anders Albrechtslund and Marisol Sandoval (Eds.). 2011. Internet and Surveillance: The Challenges of Web 2.0 and Social Media. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-89160-8. EU COST Publication. 332 pages.