Cybercultures: Mediations of Community, Culture, Politics, is a collection of essays that critically examine the role that digital media and online cultures play in the rearticulation of contemporary societies, cultures and polities. This volume interrogates the nature and effects of the existence of cybercultures in the world of Web 2.0, new media and media convergence, and mobile digital networks. It does so by examining the effect of cybercultures upon the contemporary articulation of phenomena as diverse as bodily experience, memory, the imagination, history, political participation, the nature of community, artistic creativity, and the instability of rhetoric, language and meaning.
Harris Breslow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mass Communication at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where he is also a principal investigator with the Emirates Internet Project. He writes on issues of digital media and their relationship to language, subjectivity, political economy, the structure of polities and the formation of cultural communities. He also writes on urban and architectonic space and their relationship to political economy, movement and mobility, subjectivity, communities and cultures.
Aris Mousoutzanis is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Kingston University, UK. He has researched and published on areas such as new media and online communities, globalistion and the postcolonial, critical and cultural theory (especially psychoanlysis and trauma theory), and popular culture, science fiction, and the Gothic. He has contributed in edited collections on Television and Temporality, New Media and the Politics of Online Communities, and Gothic Science Fiction, amongst others, whereas his monograph on Apocalypse, Technoscience, and Empire in Popular Fictions of the Nineties is due for publication in 2013
Table of contents
Harris Breslow and Aris Mousoutzanis: Introduction
The Nature of Cyberspace Gary Thompson: Electronic Kairos
Scott Sundvall: Post-Human, All too Non-Human: Implications of the Cyber-Rhizome
Prosthetic Subjectivity Daniel Riha: Machinima, Creative Software and Education for Creativity
Fredrik Gundelsweiler and Christian Filk: Future Media Platforms for Convergence Journalisms
Judith Guevarra Enriquez: Bodily Aware in Cyber-Research
Cybercultures and the Public Sphere Jernej Prodnik: Post-Fordist Communities and Cyberspace: A Critical Approach
Harris Breslow and Ilhem Allagui: The Internet, Fixity, and Flow: Challenges to the Articulation of an Imagined Community
Fidele Vlavo: ‘Click Here to Protest’: Electronic Civil Disobedience and the
Imaginaire of Virtual Activism
Mediatisation of Memory Heiko Zimmermann: Diverging Strategies of Remembrance in Traditional and Web-2.0 On-Line Projects
Martin Pogačar: Music Blogging: Saving Yugoslav Popular Music