A work that bridges media archaeology and visual culture studies argues that the Internet has emerged as a mass medium by linking control with freedom and democracy.How has the Internet, a medium that thrives on control, been accepted as a medium of freedom? Why is freedom increasingly indistinguishable from paranoid control? In Control and Freedom, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun exA work that bridges media archaeology and visual culture studies argues that the Internet has emerged as a mass medium by linking control with freedom and democracy.How has the Internet, a medium that thrives on control, been accepted as a medium of freedom? Why is freedom increasingly indistinguishable from paranoid control? In Control and Freedom, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun explores the current political and technological coupling of freedom with control by tracing the emergence of the Internet as a mass medium. The parallel (and paranoid) myths of the Internet as total freedom/total control, she says, stem from our reduction of political problems into technological ones.Drawing on the theories of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault and analyzing such phenomena as Webcams and face-recognition technology, Chun argues that the relationship between control and freedom in networked contact is experienced and negotiated through sexuality and race. She traces the desire for cyberspace to cyberpunk fiction and maps the transformation of public/private into open/closed. Analyzing "pornocracy," she contends that it was through cyberporn and the government's attempts to regulate it that the Internet became a marketplace of ideas and commodities. Chun describes the way Internet promoters conflated technological empowerment with racial empowerment and, through close examinations of William Gibson's Neuromancer and Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell, she analyzes the management of interactivity in narratives of cyberspace.The Internet's potential for democracy stems not from illusory promises of individual empowerment, Chun argues, but rather from the ways in which it exposes us to others (and to other machines) in ways we cannot control. Using fiber optic networks -- light coursing through glass tubes -- as metaphor and reality, Control and Freedom engages the rich philosophical tradition of light as a figure for knowledge, clarification, surveillance, and discipline, in order to argue that fiber-optic networks physically instantiate, and thus shatter, enlightenment....
|Title||:||Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics|
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Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics Reviews
Good book on how internet freedom works through and as control.
Around the time I was in college, I got very interested in new media theory -- I was studying literature at the time. This is one of the best contemporary books examining the internet as a mass medium, and I'd strongly recommend it to anyone else interested in the subject.The book is academic, so be prepared for that--and it's probably best read/used in a class about new media, college level. I read it purely out of interest and enjoyed it, but not everyone is as nerdy as me. Eventually, I went on to study computer science--so I was always interested in the internet, its history, and the like. Wendy's work did shape my thinking for awhile, and it's been an influential book for me. So I'd say it's well worth the time investment for someone interested in the subject.
Despite the terribly droll title (and, really, the title is awful), this book is fantastically interesting. Chun's exploration of the semiotics of different internets displays a disturbingly keen sense of metaphor. While the technology sometimes gets in the way, and Chun sometimes teeters somewhat close to sounding like the rather disgruntled IT person who gets annoyed that you can't keep up with the jargon, her explanations are often elucidating enough to keep things light. Her form mimics content, and she moves briskly from one topic to another. This could be utterly confusing if it weren't so damned entertaining and engaging at the same time.
a less idealistic, more sort of "practical" study of new media (particularly compared to "Language of New Media"). also really interesting and thought-provoking. if you're interested in new media, I highly recommend reading both this book and LoNM. feel free to ask me more about either book, cuz I love talking about both of them.
I can't say I loved the excerpt I read from this, but I'm giving it another shot on strength of prof recommendation.
This looks very promising. Have any of you all new media folks read this one? (or anyone)