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Interesting books that a digital humanist should read

Communication Theories in a Multicultural World, edited by Clifford Christians and Kaarle Nordenstreng

Christians, Clifford / Nordenstreng, Kaarle (eds.)
Communication Theories in a Multicultural World
Bern, Peter Lang, 2014

Book synopsis

This volume is an up-to-date account of communication theories from around the world. Authored by a group of eminent scholars, each chapter is a history and state-of-the-art description of the major issues in international communication theory. Continue reading Communication Theories in a Multicultural World, edited by Clifford Christians and Kaarle Nordenstreng

Social Media. A Critical Introduction, by Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs. 2014. Social Media. A Critical Introduction.
London: Sage.
Paperback ISBN 9781446257319
Hardcover ISBN 9781446257302

Now more than ever, we need to understand social media – the good as well as the bad. We need critical knowledge that helps us to navigate the controversies and contradictions of this complex digital media landscape. Only then can we make informed judgements about what’s happening in our media world, and why. Continue reading Social Media. A Critical Introduction, by Christian Fuchs

Égarements, by Marcello Vitali-Rosati

Égarements, by Marcello Vitali-Rosati

Êtes-vous prêt à partir en voyage ? Une quête qui a pour but de répondre à une question qui d’universelle finit par sembler banale. Un voyage à la recherche de nos identités. Qui suis-je ? Ou plutôt: c’est quoi, moi ?
Ici ni carte, ni plan. A l’écart des sentiers battus, il nous faudra naviguer jusqu’à l’égarement, à l’affût des traces que chacun laisse. L’égarement est la condition de possibilité de ce parcours. Sur ce chemin qui n’en est pas un, quelques étapes indispensables : l’amour, la mort. Continue reading Égarements, by Marcello Vitali-Rosati

Rosanna De Rosa, Cittadini digitali. L’agire politico al tempo dei social media

Rosanna De Rosa
Milano, Apogeo, ISBN: 8850332696, p 156

From the author of The Five Stars Movement in the Italian Political Scenario. A Case for Cybercratic Centralism?, eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM), Vol 5, No 2 (2013)
Abstract: With the rapid diffusion of Social Media, grassroots political organizations are starting to use supportive technologies to avoid party representation. The Pirate Party in Germany and the Five Stars Movement (5SM) in Italy are trying to use the interactive democracy paradigm to renew the institutional framework of political representation from the bottom up. Continue reading Rosanna De Rosa, Cittadini digitali. L’agire politico al tempo dei social media

Macroanalysis, by Matthew Jockers (Review)

This review has been originally published in Digital Studies/Le Champ Numérique

Jockers, Matthew L. 2013. Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History. University of Illinois Press. Kindle Edition

Jockers’ Macroanalysis is an inspiring book that gives a well-rounded description of digital techniques in the field of literary studies.

Simon Cunningham, Analysis
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The book is divided into three parts:

 

Foundation: an account of the basis on which his approach is built upon

Analysis: the bulk of the book, is a description of the methodological landscape of macro-analysis, and is divided into five sections of increasing complexity, culminating in an interesting and innovative discussion of literary influence

Prospects: highlights some issues that digital literary scholars are facing or will face in the near future.