Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Readings for February 11

OK, sorry it took me a bit longer than I expected to nail these readings down.  I received some really good suggestions from Mei (which I will describe below) but in the end I opted for five different readings: two of them are more general "theoretical and contextual background on technological change and old/new media" articles, and three of them are particular to the question of how books (or any example of "print culture") operate simultaneously as material artifacts, labor processes, information containers, and cultural objects.  I will also upload some optional readings that connect back to last week (more from Darnton, Pawley, Striphas, and Thompson).

So for next week, first the three readings on books:

  • Paul Duguid, "Material matters: The past and futurology of the book," in Geoffrey Nunberg, ed., The Future of the Book (1996).
  • John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid, The Social Life of Information (2000) chapter 7, "Reading the background."
  • David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery, An Introduction to Book History (2005) chapter 7, "The future of the book."

And then the two readings on media and technology:

  • Leah A. Lievrouw, "New media design and development: Diffusion of innovations vs. social shaping of technology," in Leah A. Lievrouw and Sonia Livingstone, eds., Handbook of New Media (2006).
  • Debra Benita Shaw, Technoculture: The Key Concepts (2008), chapter 1, "Introduction: Technology and social realities."

Anyone wishing to dive deeper can take a look at the articles Mei found in her literature search yesterday (but read the Lievrouw and Shaw articles first for some background context):
  • Little, B. (1992). Explicit and implicit meanings in material culture and print culture. Historical Archaeology, 26(3), 85-94. 
  • Deuze, M. (2006). Participation, remediation, bricolage: Considering principal components of a digital culture. Information Society, 22(2), 63-75.
  • Srinivasan, R. (2012). Re-thinking the cultural codes of new media: The question concerning ontology. New Media & Society, 0(0), 1-21.
  • Mussell, J. (2012). The passing of print. Media History, 18(1), 77-92.

Here are the assignments, then:
  • Marshall - analysis of Duguid (1996)
  • Meneses-Hall - analysis of Brown and Duguid (2000)
  • Pegues - analysis of Finkelstein and McCleery (2005)
  • Pratesi - analysis of Lievrouw (2006)
  • Roeder - analysis of Shaw (2008)
  • Stalker - track down author Duguid 
  • Boehm - track down author Seely Brown
  • Toff - track down authors Finkelstein and McCleery
  • Zhang - track down authors Lievrouw
  • Bard - track down author Shaw
  • Bond - come up with three or four overriding questions
  • Bottomley - take detailed notes in class
  • Ineichen - do a "next steps" literature search to suggest two articles that build on these four

1 comment:

  1. Clarification: Only the five readings that I assigned are mandatory. (Sorry, I know I said four on Monday, but I think these five work very well together and I know you can handle it.)


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