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  • Playable Bodiesby Kiri Miller

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 19.99

    Playable Bodies shows how dance video games work as engines of humor, social risk, and intimacy, urging players to dance like nobody's watching-while being tracked by motion-sensing interfaces in their living rooms. Author Kiri Miller looks at game design and player experiences across media platforms, presenting a new theory of "intimate media." more...

  • Research Objects in their Technological Settingby Bernadette Bensaude Vincent; Sacha Loeve; Alfred Nordmann; Astrid Schwarz

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    What kind of stuff is the world made of? What is the nature or substance of things? These are ontological questions, and they are usually answered with respect to the objects of science. The objects of technoscience tell a different story that concerns the power, promise and potential of things ? not what they are but what they can be. Seventeen scholars... more...

  • The Happiness Effectby Donna Freitas; Christian Smith

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 19.99

    Sexting. Cyberbullying. Narcissism. Social media has become the dominant force in young people's lives, and each day seems to bring another shocking tale of private pictures getting into the wrong hands, or a lament that young people feel compelled to share their each and every thought with the entire world. Drawing on a large-scale survey and interviews... more...

  • The Myth Gapby Alex Evans

    Transworld 2017; US$ 14.09

    Once upon a time our society was rich in stories. They united us and helped us to understand the world and ourselves. We called them myths. Today, we have a myth gap. Does that matter? Alex Evans argues powerfully and persuasively that it does. In this time of global crisis and transition? mass migration, inequality, resource scarcity, and climate... more...

  • The Human Side of Engineeringby John Heywood

    Morgan & Claypool Publishers 2017; US$ 44.00

    While in many university courses attention is given to the human side, as opposed to the technical side of engineering, it is by and large an afterthought. Engineering is, however, a technical, social, and personal activity. Several studies show that engineering is a community activity of professionals in which communication is central to the engineering... more...

  • Steampunk and Nineteenth-Century Digital Humanitiesby Roger Whitson

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Steampunk is more than a fandom, a literary genre, or an aesthetic. It is a research methodology turning history inside out to search for alternatives to the progressive technological boosterism sold to us by Silicon Valley. This book turns to steampunk's quirky temporalities to embrace diverse genealogies of the digital humanities and to unite their... more...

  • Shrinking the Technosphereby Dmitry Orlov

    New Society Publishers 2016; US$ 19.99

    Making wise individual choices about technology use may just be the way it really saves us more...

  • Thank You for Being Lateby Thomas L. Friedman

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 35.24

    The new international bestseller from the Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The World is Flat - this is an essential and entertaining field guide to thriving in the twenty-first century. 'As a guide for perplexed Westerners, this book is very hard to beat . . . Thank You for Being Late is a master class in explaining ... After... more...

  • The Power of Networksby Christopher G. Brinton; Mung Chiang

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 35.00 US$ 31.85

    What makes WiFi faster at home than at a coffee shop? How does Google order search results? Why do Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube use fundamentally different rating and recommendation methods?and why does it matter? Is it really true that everyone on Facebook is connected in six steps or less? And how do cat videos?or anything else?go viral? The Power... more...

  • Technologies of Consumer Laborby Michael Palm

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    This book documents and examines the history of technology used by consumers to serve oneself. The telephone?s development as a self-service technology functions as the narrative spine, beginning with the advent of rotary dialing eliminating most operator services and transforming every local connection into an instance of self-service. Today, nearly... more...