Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools (Electronic Mediations)
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The essays in Small Tech investigate the cultural impact of digital tools and provide fresh perspectives on mobile technologies such as iPods, digital cameras, and PDAs and software functions like cut, copy, and paste and WYSIWYG. Together they advance new thinking about digital environments.
Contributors: Wendy Warren Austin, Edinboro U; Jim Bizzocchi, Simon Fraser U; Collin Gifford Brooke, Syracuse U; Paul Cesarini, Bowling Green State U; Veronique Chance, U of London; Johanna Drucker, U of Virginia; Jenny Edbauer, Penn State U; Robert A. Emmons Jr., Rutgers U; Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Clarkson U; Richard Kahn, UCLA; Douglas Kellner, UCLA; Karla Saari Kitalong, U of Central Florida; Steve Mann, U of Toronto; Lev Manovich, U of California, San Diego; Adrian Miles, RMIT U; Jason Nolan, Ryerson U; Julian Oliver; Mark Paterson, U of the West of England, Bristol; Isabel Pedersen, Ryerson U; Michael Pennell, U of Rhode Island; Joanna Castner Post, U of Central Arkansas; Teri Rueb, Rhode Island School of Design; James J. Sosnoski; Lance State, Fordham U; Jason Swarts, North Carolina State U; Barry Wellman, U of Toronto; Sean D. Williams, Clemson U; Jeremy Yuille, RMIT U.
Byron Hawk is assistant professor of English at George Mason University.
David M. Rieder is assistant professor of English at North Carolina State University.
Ollie Oviedo is associate professor of English at Eastern New Mexico University.
amid the organic world of the swans. A mobile “desktop” is a difficult metaphoric blend. No one slings his desk on his back and goes for a walk. Overall, the poma’s remediation of the desktop interface cripples the wearable experience in terms of human meaning-making. Despite all the hardware and ergonomic features of the poma, it neglects to strategize a new interface. In a sense, it acquiesces to a remediation. More importantly, evidence of Mann’s ideal terms do not seem to inform the interface
are contained under the more general concept of technopolitics, which describes the nature of the proliferation of technologies that are engaged in political struggle. In this paper, while we speak broadly about the innovative developments occurring between the Internet, other new media, and general populations, we will look specifically at how new World Wide Web forms are influencing and being influenced by technopolitics and culture. For more on technopolitics, see Kellner (“Intellectuals, the
Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus, 2002. Taylor, Mark C. The Moment of Complexity: Emerging Network Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. Communication Breakdown: The Postmodern Space of Google Johndan Johnson-Eilola Cause I’ve got a golden ticket I’ve got a golden chance to make my way And with a golden ticket, it’s a golden day. —“I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory The information age promised us a lot of things; indeed, it seemed to promise us
eye” (Mirrors, Messages, Manifestations 123). White also describes the photographer’s mind as a piece of film, a blank sheet. But this is a special kind of blankness. It is an active state of mind, a receptive state of mind, ready at an instant to grasp an image but with no image preformed in it at any time. The lack of a preformed pattern or preconceived idea of how anything ought to look is essential to this blank condition. Like a sheet of film, the mind is seemingly inert yet so sensitive
homogeneous (time is a “given” with a standard metric that is uniform for all time, generally conceived as seconds, minutes, hours, days, etc.). Finally, it is assumed that time is continuous (all points along a line can be accounted for in the same system and all are equally available for analysis and representation). These ways of graphing time are effective for recording presumably “empirical” data based on strictly quantitative, highly rationalized methods of information gathering and