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NETWORK AESTHETICS. Patrick Jagoda. University of Chicago Press, 2016. 304 pp. with 27 ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780226346489 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 171020. Publisher's description: The term "network" is now applied to everything from the Internet to terrorist-cell systems. But the word's ubiquity has also made it a cliche, a concept at once recognizable yet hard to explain. Network Aesthetics, in exploring how popular culture mediates our experience with interconnected life, reveals the network's role as a way for people to construct and manage their world -- and their view of themselves. Each chapter considers how popular media and artistic forms make sense of decentralized network metaphors and infrastructures. Patrick Jagoda first examines narratives from the 1990s and 2000s, including the novel Underworld, the film Syriana, and the television series The Wire, all of which play with network forms to promote reflection on domestic crisis and imperial decline in contemporary America. Jagoda then looks at digital media that are interactive, nonlinear, and dependent on connected audiences to show how recent approaches, such as those in the videogame Journey, open up space for participatory and improvisational thought.
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Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171019
Hardcover $90.00 nota bene: See Comment Above.

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