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- DescriptionThe computer, writes Peter Lunenfeld, is the twenty-first century's culture machine. It is a dream device, serving as the mode of production, the means of distribution, and the site of reception. We haven't quite achieved the flying cars and robot butlers of futurist fantasies, but we do have a machine that can function as a typewriter and a printing press, a paintbrush and a gallery, a pia and a radio, the mail as well as the mail carier. But, warns Lunenfeld, we should temper our celebration with caution; we are engaged in a secret war between downloading and uploading -- between passive consumption and active creation--and the outcome will shape our collective futures. In The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading, Lunenfeld makes his case for using digital techlogies to shift us from a consumption to a production model. He describes television as the the high fructose corn syrup of the imagination and worries that it can cause cultural diabetes ; prescribes mindful downloading, meaningful uploading, and info-triage as cures; and offers tips for crafting bespoke futures in what he terms the era of Web n.0 (interconnectivity to the nth power). He also offers a stand-alone genealogy of digital visionaries, distilling a history of the culture machine that runs from the Patriarchs (Vannevar Bush's WWII generation) to the Hustlers (Bill Gates and Steve Jobs) to the Searchers (Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google fame). After half a century of television-conditioned consumption/downloading, Lunenfeld tells us, we w find ourselves with a vast new infrastructure for uploading. We simply need to find the will to make the best of it.
- Author BiographyPeter Lunenfeld is a Professor in the Design Media Arts Department at UCLA. He is the author of Snap to Grid: A User's Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures (2000, 2001) and User: InfoTechnoDemo (2005), both published by the MIT Press.
- PrizesWinner of Media Ecology Association: Dorothy Lee Award 2013.
- Author(s)Peter Lunenfeld
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication13/05/2011
- SubjectInventions & Technology: General Interest
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Weight385 g
- Width136 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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