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Technology And Touch

Author : A. Cranny-Francis
ISBN : 9781137268310
Genre : Social Science
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Technology and Touch addresses the development of a range of new touch technologies, both technologies that we reach out to touch and technologies that touch us, by exploring how we use touch to connect with and understand our world, and ourselves.
Category: Social Science

Power Button

Author : Rachel Plotnick
ISBN : 9780262038232
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Push a button and turn on the television; tap a button and get a ride; click a button and “like” something. The touch of a finger can set an appliance, a car, or a system in motion, even if the user doesn't understand the underlying mechanisms or algorithms. How did buttons become so ubiquitous? Why do people love them, loathe them, and fear them? In Power Button, Rachel Plotnick traces the origins of today's push-button society by examining how buttons have been made, distributed, used, rejected, and refashioned throughout history. Focusing on the period between 1880 and 1925, when “technologies of the hand” proliferated (including typewriters, telegraphs, and fingerprinting), Plotnick describes the ways that button pushing became a means for digital command, which promised effortless, discreet, and fool-proof control. Emphasizing the doubly digital nature of button pushing—as an act of the finger and a binary activity (on/off, up/down)—Plotnick suggests that the tenets of precomputational digital command anticipate contemporary ideas of computer users. Plotnick discusses the uses of early push buttons to call servants, and the growing tensions between those who work with their hands and those who command with their fingers; automation as “automagic,” enabling command at a distance; instant gratification, and the victory of light over darkness; and early twentieth-century imaginings of a future push-button culture. Push buttons, Plotnick tells us, have demonstrated remarkable staying power, despite efforts to cast button pushers as lazy, privileged, and even dangerous.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Skype Bodies Screens Space

Author : Robyn Longhurst
ISBN : 9781317054450
Genre : Social Science
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Despite the popularity of Skype with video many of us are still figuring out how to ‘do’ it. Interviews reveal that we can now run the programme but we are less certain about how to ‘perform’ in front of the webcam. Seeing ourselves in the box on the side can feel strange. We are not quite sure which bits of our bodies to display on the screen, how much to move around the room, or move the device around the room. Is it acceptable to use Skype with video at a funeral, in crowded spaces or while in bed? This book addresses how people emotionally and affectually are connecting with others audio-synchronously on the screen in a variety of different spatial contexts. Topics include Skype with video being used by grandparents to connect with grandchildren, friends and family using it for special occasions, and partners using it for romance and sex. Theories addressing bodies, gender, queerness, phenomenology and orientation inform the research. It concludes that while Skype does not offer some kind of utopian future, it does open up possibilities for existing power relations to be filtered through new lines of sight/site which are shaping what bodies can do and where.
Category: Social Science

Contemporary Choreography

Author : Jo Butterworth
ISBN : 9781317191575
Genre : Performing Arts
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Fully revised and updated, this second edition of Contemporary Choreography presents a range of articles covering choreographic enquiry, investigation into the creative process, and innovative challenges to traditional understandings of dance making. Contributions from a global range of practitioners and researchers address a spectrum of concerns in the field, organized into seven broad domains: Conceptual and philosophical concerns Processes of making Dance dramaturgy: structures, relationships, contexts Choreographic environments Cultural and intercultural contexts Challenging aesthetics Choreographic relationships with technology. Including 23 new chapters and 10 updated ones, Contemporary Choreography captures the essence and progress of choreography in the twenty-first century, supporting and encouraging rigorous thinking and research for future generations of dance practitioners and scholars.
Category: Performing Arts

Media And Information Literacy

Author : Marcus Leaning
ISBN : 9780081002353
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Media and Information Literacy: An Integrated Approach for the 21st Century provides a novel rationale for the integration of media and information literacy and gives direction to contemporary media and information literacy education. The book takes a synthetic approach to these two areas, presenting critical histories of both. The book explores the influence of political forces and educational practice on media literacy and the contemporary media environment, focusing on computing and mobile technology as a platform for existing and non-computational media. The final section considers a new rationale for the adjustment of content and activities into a combined project, building on a range of skills from contemporary media, reconsidering the mission of media literacy, and advocating that media and information literacy be expanded out of the classroom and positioned as a ‘public pedagogy'. Proposes a new route direction for media and information literacy Combines critical histories of media literacy and information literacy Integrates an account of technological development as a key driver to educational activities while retaining core progressive intents International in scope with recognition of international agencies, such as UNESCO and the UN
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ISBN : STANFORD:36105113539626
Genre : Feminism
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Schwarzer Mond Ber Soho

Author : Ben Aaronovitch
ISBN : 9783423413176
Genre : Fiction
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Constable Peter Grant ist ein ganz normaler Londoner Bobby. Die Abteilung, in der er arbeitet, ist allerdings alles andere als normal: ihr Spezialgebiet ist – die Magie. Peters Vorgesetzter, Detective Inspector Thomas Nightingale, ist der letzte Magier Englands und Peter seit kurzem bei ihm in der Ausbildung.Was im Moment vor allem das Auswendiglernen von Lateinvokabeln bedeutet, die uralten Zaubersprüche wollen schließlich korrekt aufgesagt werden. Doch als Peter eines Nachts zu der Leiche eines Jazzmusikers gerufen wird, verliert das Lateinstudium auf einmal seine Dringlichkeit. Peter findet heraus, dass in den Jazzclubs in Soho, im Herzen Londons, plötzlich verdächtig viele Musiker eines unerwarteten Todes sterben. Hier geht etwas nicht mit rechten Dingen zu ...
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Author : Yvonne Spielmann
ISBN : 3518293397
Genre : Art, Modern
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Was Ist Biomacht

Author : Petra Gehring
ISBN : 9783593380070
Genre : Philosophy
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Biologie und Fortpflanzungsmedizin sind zum Politikfeld geworden.Wir beginnen uns an das Wort »Biopolitik « zu gewöhnen. Der lebendige Körper, der biologische Stoff, aus dem die Menschen sind, ist Gegenstand einer politischen Ökonomie neuen Typs. Stammzellen, Samen und andere Bestandteile des Körpers werden zur Ware. Eine Umwertung der Werte findet statt: Wenn wir vorherbestimmen können, ob unsere Kinder blaue oder braune Augen haben, wenn Wohlhabenden lebensverlängernde genetische Eingriffe angeboten werden, verändert dies sowohl unseren Alltag als auch unsere ethischen Einstellungen. Petra Gehring behandelt Themen wie Gewebe- und Organverpflanzung, reproduktionsmedizinische Angebote, Hirnforschung und Sterbehilfe. Dabei geht es ihr nicht um die Ausarbeitung einer Bioethik, sondern um philosophischpolitische Beschreibungen der Auswirkungen der neuen »Biomacht«. Kritisch nimmt sie die Biomedizin unter die Lupe und zeigt: Die menschliche Existenz verändert sich – ob zum Positiven oder Negativen, ist noch nicht entschieden.
Category: Philosophy