the network architecture lab @
the columbia university
graduate school of architecture, planning, and preservation
Digital media and network technologies are now part of everyday life. The Internet has become the backbone of communication, commerce, and media; the ubiquitous mobile phone connects us with others as it removes us from any stable sense of location. Begun at the University of California's Annenberg Center for Communication and finished at the Network Architecture Lab, Networked Publics examines the ways that the social and cultural shifts created by these technologies have transformed our relationships to (and definitions of) place, culture, politics, and infrastructure. Networked Publics is edited by Network Architecture Lab Director Kazys Varnelis.
Four chapters—each by an interdisciplinary team of scholars using collaborative software—provide a synoptic overview along with illustrative case studies. The chapter on place describes how digital networks enable us to be present in physical and networked places simultaneously (on the phone while on the road; on the Web while at a café)—often at the expense of non-digital commitments. The chapter on culture explores the growth of amateur-produced and -remixed content online and the impact of these practices on the music, anime, advertising, and news industries. The chapter on politics examines the new networked modes of bottom-up political expression and mobilization, and the difficulty in channeling online political discourse into productive political deliberation. And finally, the chapter on infrastructure notes the tension between openness and control in the flow of information, as seen in the current controversy over net neutrality. An introduction by anthropologist Mizuko Ito and a conclusion by architecture theorist Kazys Varnelis frame the chapters, giving overviews of the radical nature of these transformations.
Contributors Walter Baer, François Bar, Anne Friedberg, Shahram Ghandeharizadeh, Mizuko Ito, Mark Kann, Merlyna Lim, Fernando Ordonez, Todd Richmond, Adrienne Russell, Marc Tuters, Kazys Varnelis
Cover design by Israel Kandarian and the Network Architecture Lab
Much more at http://www.networkedpublics.org
Comments about Networked Publics
Networked Publics is the place to start for anyone seeking to understand the symbiotic changes in new media and society today. Essential reading for both specialists and general readers…
—Lev Manovich, author of The Language of New Media and Soft Cinema
The Networked Publics group brought together smart people across a range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to engage in a serious and sustained conversation about the current state and future directions of the new media landscape. The questions they ask are ones we all need to consider as we learn how to live, work, collaborate, create, and engage as citizens in our new networked society.
—Henry Jenkins, author of Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide
Networked Publics is a lucid, timely, and broadly interdisciplinary look at the most important technological and social change of our time … [This] book is a sound foundation for debates about what networked publics mean, how they can be encouraged, should be regulated, how to protect against their dangerous aspects.
—Howard Rheingold, author of Smartmobs: The Next Social Revolution