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Digital Media : Human-Technology Connection

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Digital Media: Human-Technology Connection examines the technologically textured world through case studies that illustrate the way humans and technology connect with each other and the world. An interdisciplinary array of sources from philosophy, postphenomenology, philosophy of technology, media studies, media ecology, and film studies shows that digital media and its content are not neutral. This technology textures the world in multiple and varied ways that transform human abilities, augment experience, and pattern the world.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 206 pages
  • 159 x 238 x 20mm | 476g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 5 black & white halftones
  • 0739186531
  • 9780739186534

About Stacey O'Neal Irwin

Stacey O. Irwin is associate professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.
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This small volume has an immodest aim-to analyze 'how digital media change our day-to-day lifeworld experience.' This analysis consists primarily of two components. First is a description of 'postphenomenology,' which is described as phenomenology leavened with pragmatism and close attention to the experiences of using specific technologies. The second is a series of 'cases,' which include descriptions of the use of screens, earbuds, portable music players, digitally altered ('photoshopped') images, aggregate news services, and athletic performance monitoring. Straightforward descriptions of these familiar digital media experiences are juxtaposed with metaphors (e.g., the 'siren's song of today'), oracular statements by phenomenologists, and, most especially, open-ended questions ('Is the technological weave in our contemporary world a heavy covering?' or 'If I cannot hear lifeworld sounds, am I less of a citizen?'). Readers should not expect definitive answers to such questions but instead are encouraged to be mindful of how casual, but pervasive, use of digital media can alter basic experiences and thus who people are. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and professionals. CHOICE Fully in line with her own conceptual perspective, Stacey Irwin weaves an impressive tapestry. Effortlessly mapping the 'technological texture' with which digital media overlay our lives nowadays, she not only succeeds in expanding and deepening the field of postphenomenology substantially, she also delivers an essential new contribution to the philosophy of technology as such. Her theoretical survey is crystal-clear, solid and indispensable, but even more of a treat are the empirical cases, in which she playfully though rigorously explores, from a phenomenological angle, many of the digital technologies that characterize contemporary life. Undoubtedly, Digital Media: Human-Technology Connection will become a mainstay of philosophical media research, a book of crucial use to many trying to understand the dynamics of digital media in years to come. -- Yoni Van Den Eede, Free University of Brussels In this rangy text, Stacey O'Neal Irwin traverses and integrates a wide and diverse terrain. She explores the human-technology connection from a variety of approaches and angles, bringing phenomenological sensibilities and ethnographic thick descriptions to the experience of being digitally mediated. Digital Media well captures the spirit and flavor, the overall texture, of today's digital environments. -- Corey Anton, Grand Valley State University
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Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgements Foreword Section 1: Raw Materials Chapter 1: Exploring the Texture Chapter 2: Describing Digital Media Chapter 3: Digging Section 2: Feeling the Weave Chapter 4: Case: The Screen Chapter 5: Case: Dwelling in digital Sound Chapter 6: Case: Earbud Embodiment Chapter 7: Case: Being-In-The World-With my iPod Chapter 8: Case: Dubstep Chapter 9: Case: The Photoshop Aesthetic Chapter 10: Case: Data mining Chapter 11: Case: Aggregate News Chapter 12: Case: Self Tracking Epilogue
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