This is an introductory survey of what the author calls the 'technomedia', the generation of communication technologies after television, cell phones and the first wave of the Internet. Beginning with a history of media, the book explores the nature and effects of technomedia like the blogosphere, Blackberries and related technologies. Because they are transforming the relations of their users to the social environment, the topic is fast becoming an important focus of modern social theory.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 186
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 215 x 140 x 15 mm
In NavigatingTechnomedia Sam Han explores the fate of being itself, when all things solid have turned into telelectronics. Here, reflexive human subjectivity mutates into a neurotic mosaic of nodal interfaces as techno-denizens of the early twenty-first century find themselves adrift in incessant waves of communication with sentient beings of all sorts, only some of which are human. Han's discerning work provokes a critical, theoretical, and physical encounter with the networked streams of media that feedback upon the energetic material flows and modulating identities of those caught in a web of global capitalist and technological transformations in power, knowledge, and the constitution of life itself. -- Stephen Pfohl, professor of sociology, Boston College, and author of Death at the Parasite Cafe, Images of Deviance and Social Control and Left
[Han] attempts to create a broader theoretical footing for delving deeper into how technomedia establishes the virtual era, and what this means for everyday life and social experience. Recommended. * CHOICE, November 2008 *
Caught in the Web is a clear, exciting, and complete survey of our changing commuicative environment. One of the book's most intriguing ideas is that New Media has created a social space that is as much virtual as it is real. -- Charles Lemert, Andrus Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan University