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Digital Cool: Life in the Age of New Media

Price : $22.75
ISBN # : 9788125047308
Author : Pramod K. Nayar
pages: 264
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Orient Blackswan
Published : 2012

You email your report, check the position of your stocks, play your favourite Rahman, and upload new patches for your favourite simulation game all using the same three-inch-by-five device that fits into your palm. You chat, share, play and blog, even check for directions to the new Italian restaurant in town online. Everyday life is now digital.

Digital Cool examines life in the age of New Media. From Facebook to Internet dating, tablets to Twitter, cyber avatars to Wikis it tells the story of how human lives today are heavily mediated by cool technologies, and how the technologies themselves are mediated by our ways of living, playing, working.

Digital Cool is simultaneously about individualisation, with its make-believe detachment ( Cool ), and the fierce collectivism facilitated by New Media. There s the young woman waiting for the tube while swishing through the bestseller she s just bought on her iPad, indifferent to her surroundings; there is also the fury of the mainly online Pink Chaddis campaign of 2009, the collaborative radical political critique of kafila.org, or the arrival of Spring in Tahrir, with its unforgettable images of Google executive Wael Ghonim coordinating revolution on Facebook, accessed on his smartphone.

US Congressmen tweeted President Obama s first State of the Union address as he spoke, the world was alerted to Andres Iniesta s World Cup-winning goal on Twitter, and the incredible landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson was first reported on the microblogging site. Twitter is today the cool way to update followers ; YouTube is the platform on which a participatory culture and the sense of belonging to a community play out.

Digital technology empowers, enthuses, informs and mediates new forms of community, activism and identity. Culture jamming, participatory journalism and commons knowledge are all components of the activist new media, but also of popular culture.

Wide-ranging, accessible and incisive---welcome readers, to the world of Digital Cool! Click here to enter.

Author Bio: Pramod K. Nayar teaches at the department of English, University of Hyderabad. He is a widely published author. His previous publications include: States of Sentiment (Orient BlackSwan, 2011) Postcolonialism (Continuum, 2010) Packaging Life (Sage 2009) The New Media and Cybercultures Anthology (Wiley Blackwell, 2010) An Introduction to New Media and Cybercultures (Wiley Blackwell, 2010) Seeing Stars: Spectacle, Society, Celebrity Culture (Sage 2009) Postcolonial Literature: An Introduction (Pearson 2008) Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory (Pearson 2009)

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Friday 24 August, 2012.

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