Networked Publics (MIT Press)


Review " Networked Publics is a lucid, timely, and broadly interdisciplinary look at the most important technological and social change of our time: The Next Social Revolution Endorsement Networked Publics is the place to start for anyone seeking to understand the symbiotic changes in new media and society today. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review.

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In order to deal with less tolerant legislation regarding the freedom of speech, Google sees itself forced in the positon of gatekeeper, deciding what to allow and to censor. I wonder what's been banned from my Google searches. As I mentioned, the first of my three fall books, Networked Publics , is out. Initial reaction has been really positive and I am just thrilled. One of my goals in the next few days is to get the video section of Networked Publics back online after a year's hiatus.

I post a note to the site to that end when I've done that.

I got back from teaching in Limerick yesterday and am slowly plotting my next steps. Certain things are in play. The Netlab is going to launch a large project or two during the next year. But the foremost question in my mind now is: Fate conspired to make three years of edited books come out this fall. That's not ideal, but we take what we can get, I suppose. Part of the fall will go to the inevitably necessity of promoting these books, but my clever strategy of having projects published in neat succession was undone by one slow publisher, one collaborator who wanted his project out by this Christmas, and one project that came out on on time.

So a barrage of books will be followed by a gap as I gear up to the next project. Originally, I had planned to write my network culture book, but now as the economy is tanking, I'm wondering how such a book will be received and where it would fit into such a rapidly degenerating condition. So another strategy may be to finally put together my work on Philip Johnson, add some more research, and publish that.

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Now, as anyone reading this blog knows, I have been predicting the implosion of the markets for years. In any sensible world the market would have had a correction years ago so of course this one is much worse than expected. Well, I told you so. If anything surprises me about the world economy's current plight it's that anybody professes surprise.

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The signs of the collapse have been around us for a long time and, this will come as unwelcome news to many, but things are worse even than they might appear. My current bedside reading is Kevin Phillips's Bad Money. Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Failure of American Capitalism , a harrowing account of how this collapse happened, written in ! See the Bill Moyers interview with Phillips here. If the book is written in and the interview is from September of this year, they both anticipate and explain the current collapse.

Since the collapse is a key moment in network culture, once I can get a handle on its consequences, it would only make sense to continue that project. This strain of thought argues toward network culture as the next book and that's likely to happen. I was surprised to get a box of advance copies of Networked Publics in the mail today.

I'm thrilled to see the first of my three books in print. It was in stock at Amazon very briefly, but alas is already out of stock. Make sure to preorder your copy. One month ago, I announced that I'd re-introduce the Networked Publics book to my readers, chapter by chapter. In the meantime I've been hard at work on that book, the Johnson Tapes, and the Infrastructural City. Networked Publics achieved another milestone yesterday as MIT finished my corrections to the copy edits that they made to the text.

So far, my experience with the press has been stellar. I'm a big fan. To introduce it, I'd like to recall a conversation I had with Mark Shepard last night. Mark is a brilliant professor with a joint appointment in architecture and media studies at the University of Buffalo. His Tactical Sound Garden is an amazing project that employs locative media while it avoids the kind of heavy-handed instrumentalism that so many locative media projects embrace aside: I really hope it gets realized for a broad audience with the opening up of the iPhone SDK.

Curiously, Mark and I were in architecture school together at Cornell, sitting two desks away from each other. But circumstances are just that, the milieu certainly did little encourage us in this direction, unless perhaps it provoked a counter-reaction. In any event, Mark clarified my own framework to me when he suggested that the model of network culture that Anne and I lay out in the Place chapter of Networked Publics is spatially distinct from the one that Jameson lays out in Postmodernism, or the Logic of Late Capitalism.

In that model, which was so crucial for us for so long, Jameson takes the Bonaventure hotel as his rhetorical object. For Jameson, this condition represents the postmodern entanglement of the subject in a system that has no exterior, a system that the subject can no longer take an outside vantage point in order to map. But this is still a Euclidean space. Being inside it is the reason the subject can't map it. In contrast, Mark noted that the condition of spatiality that Anne and I describe is entirely different.

So, Mark pointed out, at the very core of Jameson's theory, we find a condition that is very different from ours. To be sure, we'll continue mapping, something I suggest in this essay , but placefinding is going to be a very different thing indeed under network culture. All that said, there have been some revisions to the text in the last iteration and I'm quite happy with the chapter and the voice that Anne and I developed during our year at Networked Publics.

See here for Place. The last few years have been a whirlwind of projects. I want to turn to this project for a while so let's start with the inside scoop about the book. With a new director at the Center, however, the rules of the game changed and we were asked to deliver some kind of joint product. After much deliberation, the group came to the conclusion that only a book project could rivet our attention enough.

We divided up into four groups, each one devoted to one issue: Place, Culture, Politics, and Infrastructure. In turn, each group worked collaboratively, using social software such as Writely now Google Docs to produce the texts. As the leaders of the group, Mimi Ito and I framed the texts with an introduction and conclusion respectively. Initially our ambitions were pretty humble. How could you take such a diverse group and create a coherent whole out of it?

Since all of us were treading in the heady realm of interdisciplinarity, we all felt like fish out of water that year. I barely talked about architecture in at all. Could we pull it off? If we did, could the book be anything more than an introduction to the material? As the texts got finished, ambitions on all of our parts began to rise.

After all, the book does have our names on it.

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So far, my experience with the press has been stellar. Now, as anyone reading this blog knows, I have been predicting the implosion of the markets for years. Students are expected to prepare all readings in order to facilitate a discussion in which all students participate. The Next Social Revolution Endorsement Networked Publics is the place to start for anyone seeking to understand the symbiotic changes in new media and society today. That's not ideal, but we take what we can get, I suppose. The Netlab is going to launch a large project or two during the next year.

My conclusion, it became clear to me, would form the basis of an upcoming book on network culture. In editing the work, I realized how timely and important this project was. Two years after the initial drafting, an eternity today, the book still defines the key issues in network culture and does so incisively. The peer reviews from MIT suggested the same.

Of course the reviewers, as good reviewers should, provided comments that necessitated a good deal of rethinking and rewriting this summer. I worked with the chapter editors over the summer and turned in the text last fall.

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As I complete the final copy edits this week, I am uploading the chapters one at a time to the Networked Publics site. I will be adding some reflections on each text and featuring them on this site. Be aware that some of the texts are not yet updated. Over the last few months, I have reworked the Networked Publics site to focus on the content and bring new readers to the book and the blog quickly.

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It's looking rather nice although I have a bug or two in IE 7 that I still need to squash and I need to bring up the videos from our lecture series as well. Of course the book will be far easier to read in print form and it will have certain features that don't appear on the Web, such as sidebars by noted thinkers reflecting on issues addressed in the book.

If you read the Web site, make sure you buy the book too. Our ability to work with publishers to allow content from books to appear on the Web as well as in print is linked to good sales. If sales takes too much of a hit, presses will invoke more protective models about their property.

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So, with that preface, start out today by taking a look at Mimi Ito's introduction to see how she frames the book. More than an introduction to this book, it lays out her models of thinking about the relationship of individuals and media today. For those of you who are architects, this introduction is especially important as it begs the question where is architecture in the ecology of new media?

Mimi Ito, "Introduction," Networked Publics. Goodbye, Capitalism Polymeme brought me to this post by Ethan Zuckerman, about the irrationality of newspaper advertising in a pay-for-performance world. Submitted by kazys on 21 January, - The History of the Contemporary University of Pennsylvania. The History of the Contemporary. The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to a historical understanding of the changed conditions that characterize our networked age.

We will explore how the network is not merely a technology with social ramifications but rather is a cultural dominant that connects changes in society, economy, aesthetics, urbanism, and ideology.

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As a history of the contemporary, the seminar is organized around a series of topics tracing a genealogy of present-day culture. Each class will consist of a presentation by the instructor on selected themes, followed by an in-depth discussion in seminar. Students are expected to prepare all readings in order to facilitate a discussion in which all students participate.