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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Tonight: Double Book Launch! Lines and Dots: New Works on Digital Media by Jeff Scheible and Nicole Starosielski!

Join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly for a digital media themed double launch! Jeff Scheible and Nicole Starosielski will be presenting their respective new books: Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation and The Undersea Network. The event is free and open to all! There will be refreshments, and books for sale.

Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation explores the increasingly ubiquitous presence of punctuation and typographical marks in our lives⎯using them as reading lenses to consider a broad range of textual objects and practices across the digital age. Jeff Scheible argues that pronounced shifts in textual practices have occurred with the growing overlap of language and visual culture, as screen technologies and networked media have proliferated and come to form the interface of our daily existence. He demonstrates that punctuation and typographical marks provide us with a rare opportunity to harness these shifts and make sense of our new media environments, turning to key films and media phenomena of the twenty-first century, from the popular and familiar to the avant-garde and the obscure. Extending the dialogue about contemporary media and culture in original directions, Digital Shift is a uniquely cross-disciplinary work that reveals the impact of punctuation on the politics of visual culture and everyday life in the digital age.
 

Jeff Scheible is an Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at SUNY Purchase. His research focuses on contemporary media theory and visual culture.

 










The Undersea Network: In our "wireless" world it is easy to take the importance of the undersea cable systems for granted, but the stakes of their successful operation are huge, as they are responsible for carrying almost all transoceanic Internet traffic. In The Undersea Network Nicole Starosielski follows these cables from the ocean depths to their landing zones on the sandy beaches of the South Pacific, bringing them to the surface of media scholarship and making visible the materiality of the wired network. In doing so, she charts the cable network's cultural, historical, geographic and environmental dimensions. 
Starosielski argues that the environments the cables occupy are historical and political realms, where the network and the connections it enables are made possible by the deliberate negotiation and manipulation of technology, culture, politics and geography. Accompanying the book is an interactive digital mapping project, where readers can trace cable routes, view photographs and archival materials, and read stories about the island cable hubs.

Nicole Starosielski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her research focuses on the global distribution of digital media, and the relationships between technology, society, and the aquatic environment.

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