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Electric Dreams

Author : Ted Friedman
ISBN : 9780814727393
Genre : Political Science
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Electric Dreams turns to the past to trace the cultural history of computers. Ted Friedman charts the struggles to define the meanings of these powerful machines over more than a century, from the failure of Charles Babbage’s “difference engine” in the nineteenth century to contemporary struggles over file swapping, open source software, and the future of online journalism. To reveal the hopes and fears inspired by computers, Electric Dreams examines a wide range of texts, including films, advertisements, novels, magazines, computer games, blogs, and even operating systems. Electric Dreams argues that the debates over computers are critically important because they are how Americans talk about the future. In a society that in so many ways has given up on imagining anything better than multinational capitalism, cyberculture offers room to dream of different kinds of tomorrow.
Category: Political Science

Electric Dreams

Author : Ted Friedman
ISBN : 9780814727409
Genre : Political Science
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Electric Dreams turns to the past to trace the cultural history of computers. Ted Friedman charts the struggles to define the meanings of these powerful machines over more than a century, from the failure of Charles Babbage’s “difference engine” in the nineteenth century to contemporary struggles over file swapping, open source software, and the future of online journalism. To reveal the hopes and fears inspired by computers, Electric Dreams examines a wide range of texts, including films, advertisements, novels, magazines, computer games, blogs, and even operating systems. Electric Dreams argues that the debates over computers are critically important because they are how Americans talk about the future. In a society that in so many ways has given up on imagining anything better than multinational capitalism, cyberculture offers room to dream of different kinds of tomorrow.
Category: Political Science

The Routledge Companion To Remix Studies

Author : Eduardo Navas
ISBN : 9781134748815
Genre : Social Science
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The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies comprises contemporary texts by key authors and artists who are active in the emerging field of remix studies. As an organic international movement, remix culture originated in the popular music culture of the 1970s, and has since grown into a rich cultural activity encompassing numerous forms of media. The act of recombining pre-existing material brings up pressing questions of authenticity, reception, authorship, copyright, and the techno-politics of media activism. This book approaches remix studies from various angles, including sections on history, aesthetics, ethics, politics, and practice, and presents theoretical chapters alongside case studies of remix projects. The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies is a valuable resource for both researchers and remix practitioners, as well as a teaching tool for instructors using remix practices in the classroom.
Category: Social Science

Of Games And God

Author : Kevin Schut
ISBN : 9781441240514
Genre : Religion
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Video games are big business, generating billions of dollars annually. The long-held stereotype of the gamer as a solitary teen hunched in front of his computer screen for hours is inconsistent with the current makeup of a diverse and vibrant gaming community. The rise of this cultural phenomenon raises a host of questions: Are some games too violent? Do they hurt or help our learning? Do they encourage escapism? How do games portray gender? Such questions have generated lots of talk, but missing from much of the discussion has been a Christian perspective. Kevin Schut, a communications expert and an enthusiastic gamer himself, offers a lively, balanced, and informed Christian evaluation of video games and video game culture. He expertly engages a variety of issues, encouraging readers to consider both the perils and the promise of this major cultural phenomenon. The book includes a foreword by Quentin J. Schultze.
Category: Religion

Latin American Identity In Online Cultural Production

Author : Thea Pitman
ISBN : 9780415517447
Genre : Social Science
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This volume provides an innovative and timely approach to a fast growing, yet still under-studied field in Latin American cultural production: digital online culture. It focuses on the transformations or continuations that cultural products and practices such as hypermedia fictions, net.art and online performance art, as well as blogs, films, databases and other genre-defying web-based projects, perform with respect to Latin American(ist) discourses, as well as their often contestatory positioning with respect to Western hegemonic discourses as they circulate online. The intellectual rationale for the volume is located at the crossroads of two, equally important, theoretical strands: theories of digital culture, in their majority the product of the anglophone academy; and contemporary debates on Latin American identity and culture.
Category: Social Science

Science Fiction Studies

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ISBN : UCSC:32106019361499
Genre : Science fiction
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Category: Science fiction

America History And Life

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105133520721
Genre : Canada
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Article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.
Category: Canada

Just Say No To Microsoft

Author : Tony Bove
ISBN : UOM:39015063293727
Genre : Computers
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Just Say No to Microsoft begins by tracing Microsoft's rise from tiny software startup to monopolistic juggernaut and explains how the company's practices over the years have discouraged innovation, stunted competition, and helped foster an environment ripe for viruses, bugs, and hackers. Readers learn how they can dump Microsoft products--even the Windows operating system--and continue to be productive. The book also shows how to work successfully and seamlessly with computers and people who are still hooked on Microsoft software. Includes full explanations of alternate operating systems, such as Linux and Mac, and outlines various software applications that can replace the familiar Microsoft products.
Category: Computers

Ibss Sociology 2006 Vol 56

Author : Compiled by Compiled by the British Library of Political and Economic Science
ISBN : 041544716X
Genre : Reference
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First published in 2008. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Category: Reference

Spectra

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ISBN : IND:30000107227385
Genre : Speech
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Category: Speech

The Cyborg Turn

Author : James A. Inman
ISBN : UOM:39015043227332
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Visual Sociology

Author : Diana Papademas
ISBN : NWU:35556035466325
Genre : Sociology
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Category: Sociology

American Plastic

Author : Jeffrey L. Meikle
ISBN : 0813522358
Genre : Social Science
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"(Meikle) traces the course of plastics from 19th-century celluloid and the first wholly synthetic bakelite, in 1907, through the proliferation of compounds (vinyls, acrylics, nylon, etc.) and recent ecological concerns".--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. Winner of the 1996 Dexter Prize from the Society for the History of Technology and a 1996 CHOICE Oustanding Academic Book. 70 illustrations.
Category: Social Science

American Dreams

Author : H. W. Brands
ISBN : PSU:000062498685
Genre : History
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Evaluates how and why the United States has changed socially, economically and politically since World War II, tracing a shift toward individual rights, consumerism and globalization, in an account that includes coverage of such topics as immigration reform, the abandonment of the gold standard and CNN's debut.
Category: History

Made In U S A

Author : Phil Patton
ISBN : PSU:000022148551
Genre : History
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An entertaining and informative history of how certain products made their mark in the US market, and how the often conflicting forces of culture, politics, and the determined entrepreneur create a kind of hidden conspiracy for the market's attention. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Category: History