Networked Publics by Kazys Varnelis

By Kazys Varnelis

Electronic media and community applied sciences are actually a part of way of life. the net has develop into the spine of communique, trade, and media; the ever present cell phone connects us with others because it gets rid of us from any good experience of situation. Networked Publics examines the ways in which the social and cultural shifts created by means of those applied sciences have reworked our relations to (and definitions of) position, tradition, politics, and infrastructure. 4 chapters--each via an interdisciplinary staff of students utilizing collaborative software--provide a synoptic evaluate besides illustrative case stories. The bankruptcy on position describes how electronic networks allow us to be found in actual and networked locations simultaneously--often on the price of nondigital commitments. The bankruptcy on tradition explores the expansion and influence of amateur-produced and remixed content material on-line. The bankruptcy on politics examines the recent networked modes of bottom-up political expression and mobilization. and at last, the bankruptcy on infrastructure notes the strain among openness and keep watch over within the stream of data, as obvious within the present controversy over web neutrality.

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12. Baudrillard, “The Ecstasy of Communication,” in The Anti-Aesthetic, ed. Hal Foster, 127 (Seattle: The Bay Press, 1985). 13. Ling, The Mobile Connection: The Cell Phone’s Impact on Society (San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann, 2004), 57–82. 14. Habuchi, “Accelerating Reflexivity,” in Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life, eds. Mimi Ito, Daisuke Okabe, and Misa Matsuda, 179 (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005); Kenichi Fujimoto, “The Third-Stage Paradigm: Territory Machines from the Girls’ Pager Revolution to Mobile Aesthetics,” ibid, 10.

At Dodgeball, users sign up their mobile phone numbers with the service and inform their friends that they are doing so. Later, to connect with friends, the user can “check in” by notifing the service of her or his location with an SMS text message. 45 Melding the geospatial Web with locative media promises that you can leave your mark on the world or read the marks others leave behind, re-creating place in a Borgesian digital map. Artifacts and places will be imbued with memories in a far richer way than ever before.

11 Until recently the two primary means of browsing this communication device have been on foot—the method of the flâneur or flâneuse—and with the automobile. The latter anticipates the condition of a mobile, networked world in that the automobile—which transports its driver and passengers in the comfort of a private interior—has always been a mobile communication device, a viewing machine; its windscreen a membrane that both protects the driver and frames the view. As automobile speed and design efficiency increased, so did a network of expanding roadways and highways—most notably the Interstate Highway System, itself a prototype for the Internet and a network of networks.

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