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  • case

    case 11:54 pm on December 26, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: book, data trash   

    Data Trash Arthur Kroker Author Michael A Weinstein… 

    Data Trash

    Arthur Kroker, Author, Michael A. Weinstein, With Palgrave MacMillan $18 (160p) ISBN 978-0-312-12211-9

    Authors Kroker (Spasm) and Weinstein have written a primer that speculates on the state of things to come when we become the Internet. They have anticipated the debris that will be left by the traffic of the information highway-and they can’t ignore the roadkill. What follows is a survey exploring the consequences of technology on culture, economy, class and individuality. They hold that virtual reality will supplant reality itself, that use of information will reinforce extant caste systems, and that ultimately the information highway will not be so much a tool providing us with usable data but rather it will provide those who control it with data to use us. Their findings, while alternately compelling and repellent, are undermined as they single-handedly double the lexicon of technobabble. While the suppositions of the authors should not be dismissed, one must note that they prescribe no action. A cautionary note is a useful check against technological autocracy, but in this format the hypotheses take on a cast of conspiracy theory, since supporting evidence is often neglected at the expense of covering a multitude of topics.


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    case 11:10 pm on August 21, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: book, fanfiction   

    Constance Penley's Book on NASA/TREK: Popular Science and Sex in America 

    “This wry and highly readable investigation of the role of space travel in popular imagination looks at the way NASA has openly borrowed from the TV show Star Trek to reinforce its public standing. It also celebrates the work of a group of the show’s fans who rewrite its storylines in porno-romance fanzines. Constance Penley advocates that scientific experimentation be accompanied by social and sexual experimentation, and devoted to exploring inner as well as outer space.”


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