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- DescriptionSocial media's connectivity is often thought to be a manifestation of human nature buried until w, revealed only through the diverse techlogies of the participatory internet. Rather than embrace this view, Inhuman Networks: Social Media and the Archaeology of Connection argues that the human nature revealed by social media imagines network techlogy and data as models for behavior online. Covering a wide range of historical and interdisciplinary subjects, Grant Bollmer examines the emergence of the network as a model for relation in the 1700s and 1800s and follows it through marginal, often forgotten articulations of techlogy, biology, ecomics, and the social. From this history, Bollmer examines contemporary controversies surrounding social media, extending out to the influence of network models on issues of critical theory, politics, popular science, and neoliberalism. By moving through the past and present of network media, Inhuman Networks demonstrates how contemporary network culture unintentionally repeats debates over the limits of Western modernity to provide an idealized future where the human is interchangeable with abstract, flowing data connected through well-managed, distributed networks.
- Author BiographyGrant Bollmer is a Lecturer of Digital Cultures in the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney, Australia. He is the author of numerous essays on technology, social media, and cultural theory and has taught media studies in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.
- Author(s)Grant Bollmer
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing Plc
- Date of Publication11/08/2016
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBloomsbury Academic USA
- Content Note20 bw illus
- Weight563 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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