Alt-People: Digital Technologies and the Struggle for Community | Author: Jessa Lingel
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How countercultural communities have made the Internet meet their needs, subverting established norms of digital technology use.
Whether by accidental keystroke or deliberate tinkering, technology is often used in ways that are unintended and unimagined by its designers and inventors. In this book, Jessa Lingel offers an account of digital technology use that looks beyond Silicon Valley and college dropouts-turned-entrepreneurs. Instead, Lingel tells stories from the margins of countercultural communities that have made the Internet meet their needs, subverting established norms of how digital technologies should be used.
Lingel presents three case studies that contrast the imagined uses of the web to its lived and often messy practicalities. She examines a social media platform (developed long before Facebook) for body modification enthusiasts, with early web experiments in blogging, community, wikis, online dating, and podcasts; a network of communication technologies (both analog and digital) developed by a local community of punk rockers to manage information about underground shows; and the use of Facebook and Instagram for both promotional and community purposes by Brooklyn drag queens. Drawing on years of fieldwork, Lingel explores issues of alterity and community, inclusivity and exclusivity, secrecy and surveillance, and anonymity and self-promotion.
By examining online life in terms of countercultural communities, Lingel argues that looking at outsider experiences helps us to imagine new uses and possibilities for the tools and platforms we use in everyday life.
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New Era Bundle | Doug Aitken x MCA | Catalogue, tote bag, postcard set & SONG 1 magnet
Immerse yourself in Doug Aitken's NEW ERA exhibition with this bundle valued at $122.90. Take home the exhibition catalogue, postcard set and fridge magnet, all in a Doug Aitken tote...
New Era Bundle | Doug Aitken x MCA | Catalogue, puzzle, postcard set & tote bag
Immerse yourself in Doug Aitken's NEW ERA exhibition with this bundle valued at $154.90. Take home the exhibition catalogue, postcard set and puzzle, all in a Doug Aitken tote bag...
Odd Roads to be Walking: 156 Women who Shaped Australian Art | Author: Paul Finucane
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While the life journeys of many artists can be described as "odd roads," few were as original as the those of the pioneering women artists of the late 19th and 20th...