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Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics

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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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Tony Poerio
Jun 28, 2016 Tony Poerio rated it really liked it
Around the time I was in college, I got very interested in new media theory -- I was studying literature at the time. This is one of the best contemporary books examining the internet as a mass medium, and I'd strongly recommend it to anyone else interested in the subject.

The book is academic, so be prepared for that--and it's probably best read/used in a class about new media, college level. I read it purely out of interest and enjoyed it, but not everyone is as nerdy as me.

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Kaelin
Oct 29, 2007 Kaelin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in technology, rhizomatic writing, cyberpunk, and internets
Shelves: theory
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
Nissa
Nov 01, 2008 Nissa rated it really liked it
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.
Al Matthews
Nov 17, 2007 Al Matthews marked it as thesisavoidance
I can't say I loved the excerpt I read from this, but I'm giving it another shot on strength of prof recommendation.
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