Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics
How has the Internet, a medium that thrives on control, been accepted as a medium of freedom? Why is freedom increasingly indistinguishable from paranoid control? In Control and Freedom, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun explores the current political and technological coupling of freedom with control by tracing the emergence of the Internet as a mass medium. The parallel (and paranoid...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 23rd 2005 by MIT Press (MA)
(first published November 1st 2005)
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Jan 03, 2008 Kaelin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in technology, rhizomatic writing, cyberpunk, and internets
Despite the terribly droll title (and, really, the title is awful), this book is fantastically interesting. Chun's exploration of the semiotics of different internets displays a disturbingly keen sense of metaphor. While the technology sometimes gets in the way, and Chun sometimes teeters somewhat close to sounding like the rather disgruntled IT person who gets annoyed that you can't keep up with the jargon, her explanations are often elucidating enough to keep things light. Her form mimics cont...more
a less idealistic, more sort of "practical" study of new media (particularly compared to "Language of New Media"). also really interesting and thought-provoking. if you're interested in new media, I highly recommend reading both this book and LoNM. feel free to ask me more about either book, cuz I love talking about both of them.