[NetBehaviour] need suggestions, thank you in advance

Paul Hertz ignotus at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 18:15:16 CEST 2020


On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 11:14 AM Paul Hertz <ignotus at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Alan,
> I don't know how much you want a foundational text versus a contemporary
> text. I found Annemarie Chandler and Norie Neumark's anthology *At a
> Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet* useful for the
> "Prehistories of New Media" course I taught:
> https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/distance.
> Back in the same time period, Hannah Higgins and Douglas Kahn's anthology *Mainframe
> Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of the Digital Arts* has
> a wealth of evidence that digital culture did not start in the last five
> minutes. Someone else may recommend books on more current events. These two
> were excellent sources for combatting the "rootless" cyberculture many of
> my students experienced on the Internetz.
> salud,
> Paul
> On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 8:41 AM Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com> wrote:
>> Hi - if it makes I'll be teaching a course on Internet Culture and
>> Community this fall online; I'm writing to ask if you could recommend
>> a textbook of sorts that I might use as a reference. None of the books
>> I've seen are in date. I need it to cover some of Net history, a
>> brief description of things like packets and TCP/IP, maybe mention of
>> AOL and early communities like newsgroups and email lists, through
>> the present proliferation of the Net everywhere - political, social
>> issues, etc. - including controversies like access, surveillance,
>> control, etc. In other words an outline or survey. Any suggestions
>> greatly appreciated. This would be for me more than the students, a
>> way of organizing content around the digital sphere that permeates
>> almost all of us now. Free access wd be great, any suggestions at
>> all more than appreciated.
>> A second request - almost all my work is disseminated through email
>> lists or Facebook. I'm pretty much under the radar; are there any
>> other social apps you might recommend where there is actual
>> discussion of work, at least on occasion? Things like Twitter don't
>> work, given the complexity of what I do, I think (maybe it's not
>> that complex, I don't know).  Again, any suggestions would be
>> greatly appreciated.
>> Thank you so much!
>> Best, Alan
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