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Humanist Archives: March 22, 2020, 8:27 a.m. Humanist 33.681 - media distortions: Broadcasting Modernity

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 681.
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        Date: 2020-03-21 16:25:00+00:00
        From: Francois Lachance 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.678: pubs: Media Distortions

Cross pollinating the spam/noise/sound meme!


Lewty, Jane A. (2002) Broadcasting modernity: eloquent listening in the early
twentieth century. PhD thesis. (University of Glasgow)

This thesis, 'Broadcasting Modernity' is an account of sound technology, namely
wireless, as a feature of early twentieth century literature. If modernism is a
historical-specific movement, and language a repository of time, then the advent
of radio broadcasting cannot be ignored-- a medium which inscribed itself into
the pages of books.

Available online: 

Francois Lachance

to think is often to sort, to store and to shuffle: humble, embodied tasks

> On Mar 21, 2020, at 11:23 AM, Humanist  wrote:
>                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 678.
>            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
>                   Hosted by King's Digital Lab
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>        Date: 2020-03-18 10:28:09+00:00
>        From: Carmi, Elinor 
>        Subject: Media Distortions - is OUT and OPEN ACCESS
> Hi everyone,
> I'm not sorry for cross-posting because this book is about spam so it's
> kind of on brand.
> In what seems to be the worst time in a century, I'm mildly excited to
> announce my book is finally out, and it is OPEN ACCESS!
> Media Distortions: Understanding the Power Behind Spam, Noise and Other
> Deviant Media (Digital Formation Series, Peter Lang)
> Here's the blurb:
> Media Distortions is about the power behind the production of deviant
> media categories. It shows the politics behind categories we take for
> granted such as spam and noise, and what it means to our broader
> understanding of, and engagement with media. The book synthesizes media
> theory, sound studies, science and technology studies (STS), feminist
> technoscience, and software studies into a new composition to explore
> media power. Media Distortions argues that using sound as a conceptual
> framework is more useful due to its ability to cross boundaries and
> strategically move between multiple spaces—which is essential for
> multi-layered mediated spaces.
> Drawing on repositories of legal, technical and archival sources, the
> book amplifies three stories about the construction and negotiation of
> the ‘deviant’ in media. The book starts in the early 20th century with
> Bell Telephone’s production of noise, tuning into the training of their
> telephone operators and their involvement with the Noise Abatement
> Commission in New York City. The next story jumps several decades to the
> early 2000s focusing on web metric standardization in the European Union
> and shows how the digital advertising industry constructed web-cookies
> as legitimate communication while making spam illegal. The final story
> focuses on the recent decade and the way Facebook filters out antisocial
> behaviors to engineer a sociality that produces more value. These
> stories show how deviant categories re-draw boundaries between human and
> non-human, public and private spaces, and importantly, social and
> antisocial.
> Check out the book's website - https://media-distortions.net/ - where
> you can find:
> 1. A link to download the book for FREE.
> 2. More info about the book.
> 3. What the wonderful endorsers - scholars who have inspired my work
> since the beginning - had to say about the book, THANK YOU Tiziana
> Terranova, Evelyn Ruppert, Jussi Parikka and Robert W. Ghel!
> 4. The book's playlist with songs/tracks that will bring the dark
> atmosphere of the book to you, so you can dance in between the sections.
> For the advanced music snobs who think they can create a better playlist
> - this is the time to make a positive use of your reviewer 2 energy and
> send me your playlist interpretation of the book so I can add them to
> the website!
> 5. I also kept my shattered dreams, I mean USA book tour that had to be
> cancelled due to the Coronavirus but which will be rescheduled for the
> fall, if humanity will survive.
> 6. More info about me.
> If you're interested in an inspection/review copy please write back to
> (don't 'reply all' although spamming everyone is a duty when it comes to
> this book 😉 ) me and I'll connect you with the publisher to get your copy.
> I want to thank Liverpool University for making this book open access!
> I hope you enjoy and May the Schwartz be with you.
> Stay healthy and take care in your social distancing.
> Dr. Elinor Carmi,
> Postdoc Research Associate - Digital Media & Society,
> Department of Communication and Media,
> Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences,
> School of the Arts,Liverpool University, UK.
> https://elinorcarmi.com 
> Twitter: @Elinor_Carmi

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