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Hardcover | $45.00 Short | £37.95 | 488 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 23 b&w illus. | August 2016 | ISBN: 9780262034654
eBook | $32.00 Short | August 2016 | ISBN: 9780262336864
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Social Media Archeology and Poetics

Edited by Judy Malloy

Overview

Focusing on early social media in the arts and humanities and on the core role of creative computer scientists, artists, and scholars in shaping the pre-Web social media landscape, Social Media Archeology and Poetics documents social media lineage, beginning in the 1970s with collaborative ARPANET research, Community Memory, PLATO, Minitel, and ARTEX and continuing into the 1980s and beyond with the Electronic Café, Art Com Electronic Network, Arts Wire, The THING, and many more.

With first person accounts from pioneers in the field, as well as papers by artists, scholars, and curators, Social Media Archeology and Poetics documents how these platforms were vital components of early social networking and important in the development of new media and electronic literature. It describes platforms that allowed artists and musicians to share and publish their work, community networking diversity, and the creation of footholds for the arts and humanities online. And it invites comparisons of social media in the past and present, asking: What can we learn from early social media that will inspire us to envision a greater cultural presence on contemporary social media?

Contributors
Madeline Gonzalez Allen, James Blustein, Hank Bull, Annick Bureaud, J. R. Carpenter, Paul E. Ceruzzi, Anna Couey, Amanda McDonald Crowley, Steve Dietz, Judith Donath, Steven Durland, Lee Felsenstein, Susanne Gerber, Ann-Barbara Graff, Dene Grigar, Stacy Horn, Antoinette LaFarge, Deena Larsen, Gary O. Larson, Alan Liu, Geert Lovink, Richard Lowenberg, Judy Malloy, Scott McPhee, Julianne Nyhan, Howard Rheingold, Randy Ross, Wolfgang Staehle, Fred Truck, Rob Wittig, David R. Woolley

About the Editor

Judy Malloy, an electronic literature pioneer and early social media poet and arts writer, is the editor of Women, Art, and Technology (MIT Press).

Endorsements

“Judy Malloy fashions a rich, historic tapestry on the loom of the Internet and contemporary technologies of the twentieth century. We rediscover our human, social roots in this primary source rendering of the interplay of social media and technology.”
Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google