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  • Transparency and Surveillance as Sociotechnical Accountabilityby Deborah G. Johnson; Priscilla M. Regan

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 125.00

    Surveillance and transparency are both significant and increasingly pervasive activities in neoliberal societies. Surveillance is taken up as a means to achieving security and efficiency; transparency is seen as a mechanism for ensuring compliance or promoting informed consumerism and informed citizenship. Indeed, transparency is often seen as the... more...

  • The Leisure Commonsby Payal Arora

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 125.00

    There is much excitement about Web 2.0 as an unprecedented, novel, community-building space for experiencing, producing, and consuming leisure, particularly through social network sites. What is needed is a perspective that is invested in neither a utopian or dystopian posture but sees historical continuity to this cyberleisure geography. This book... more...

  • Virtual Organismsby Mark Daniel Ward

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    Harmless artificial life forms are on the loose on the Internet. Computer viruses and even robots are now able to evolve like their biological counterparts. Telecommunications companies are sending small packets of software to go forth and multiply to cope with ever-increasing telephone traffic. Protein-based computers are on the agenda, and a team... more...

  • Reading Writing Interfacesby Lori Emerson

    University of Minnesota Press 2014; US$ 75.00

    Lori Emerson examines how interfaces?from today?s multitouch devices to yesterday?s desktops, from typewriters to Emily Dickinson?s self-bound fascicle volumes?mediate between writer and text as well as between writer and reader. Following the threads of experimental writing from the present into the past, she shows how writers have long tested... more...

  • Personal Media and Everyday Lifeby Terje Rasmussen

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 45.00

    This book addresses the widespread use of digital personal media in daily life. With a sociological and historical perspective, it explores the media-enhanced individualization and rationalization of the lifeworld, discussing the dramatic mediatization of daily life and calling on theorists such as McLuhan, Habermas and Goffman. more...

  • Console Warsby Blake J. Harris

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 15.99

    Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars ?a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry. In 1990, Nintendo... more...

  • Console Warsby Blake J. Harris

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars ?a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry. In 1990, Nintendo... more...

  • The Cultural Imaginary of the Internetby Majid Yar

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 45.00

    Contemporary culture offer contradictory views of the internet and new media technologies, painting them in extremes of optimistic enthusiasm and pessimistic concern. This book explores such representations, uncovering the roots of our cultural responses to the internet, centred upon a profoundly ambivalent reaction to technological modernity. more...

  • The Railway Journeyby Wolfgang Schivelbusch

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 31.95

    The impact of constant technological change upon our perception of the world is so pervasive as to have become a commonplace of modern society. But this was not always the case; as Wolfgang Schivelbusch points out in this fascinating study, our adaptation to technological change?the development of our modern, industrialized consciousness?was very much... more...

  • Augmented Educationby Kieron Sheehy; Rebecca Ferguson; Gill Clough

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    Including relevant case studies and interviews with practitioners, Augmented Education explores the nature of learning where the 'real world' is augmented by use of the virtual to create new learning possibilities, tools, and environments. and offers insights into the development of a pedagogy that is authentic, inclusive and enjoyable. more...