Putting Knowledge to Work and Letting Information Play

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Timothy W. Luke, Jeremy Hunsinger
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 22, 2012 - Education - 238 pages
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These collected papers are critical reflections about the rapid digitalization of discourse and culture. This disruptive change in communicative interaction has swept rapidly through major universities, nation states, learned disciplines, leading businesses, and government agencies during the past decade. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture (CDDC) at Virginia Tech, which has been a pioneering leader for many of these changes in university settings, the contributors to this volume examine the transformative implications of digitalizing discourse and culture inside and outside of the academic arena. These technologies of digitalization have created new communities of users, which are highly engaged with their new communicative possibilities, informational content, and discursive forms. Few have asked what these changes will mean, and many of the most important voices engaged in debates about this critical transformation are gathered here in this volume. Each author in his or her own way considers what accepting digital discourse and informational culture now means for contemporary economies, governments, and societies.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE BOOK UNBOUND Reconsidering OneDimensionality in the Internet Age
15
FLUID NOTES ON LIQUID BOOKS
23
WHAT CAN TECHNOLOGY TEACH US ABOUT TEXTS? AND TEXTS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY?
37
OPEN WORKS OPEN CULTURES AND OPEN LEARNING SYSTEMS
55
TEXTSCAPES AND LANDSCAPES A Settler Poet Goes OnLine
72
REWEAVING THE WORLD The Web as Digital Discourse and Culture
87
ELECTRONIC THESES AND DISSERTATIONS Progress Issues and Prospects
95
INFOCITIZENS Democracy Expertise and Ownership in European Research Funding
121
THE NEW RIVER Collected Editors Notes
135
ON THE ORIGINS OF THE CUTE AS A DOMINANT AESTHETIC CATEGORY IN DIGITAL CULTURE
167
CULTURE MEDIA GLOBALIZATION
176
BARACK OBAMA AND CELEBRITY SPECTACLE
185
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE CENTER FOR DIGITAL DISCOURSE AND CULTURE
211
DIGITAL RESEARCH AND TENURE AND PROMOTION IN COLLEGES OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
221
CONTRIBUTORS
236

FROM GUNNY SACKS TO MATTRESS VINE Notes on Douglas Engelbart Tim OReilly and the Natural World
111
THE PLEASURES OF COLLABORATION
119

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Timothy W. Luke is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Virginia Tech University, where he is also Program Chair, Government and International Affairs. Among his recent books is "There Is a Gunman on Campus: Tragedy and Terror at Virginia Tech.

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