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New Book: Networked Publics

October 4, 2008

The anthropologist Mizuko Ito wrote on her blog yesterday :

Today I got a welcome delivery from MIT Press – two books in the mail that I have had the good fortune to be part of.

You can find a few chapters, including my introduction to the book online at the netpublics site.

The first is Networked Publics, a labor of love that was the result of a year long interdisciplinary research group that I helped organize at the Annenberg Center for Communication. Big kudos go to Kazys Varnelis who did the editing work for this volume. Every chapter is collaboratively written and is a result of a weekly faculty seminar and our engagement with a series of guest speakers. The goal of the book is to provide an accessible overview of some of the broad changes in our senses of place, public culture, politics, and infrastructure that have accompanied the shift towards a networked society. The concept of networked publics is meant to signal the lateral, peer-to-peer connections between “audiences” and “users” and the ways in which these connections are transforming our notions of public participation.

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