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Online A Lot Of The Time

Author : Ken Hillis
ISBN : 9780822392224
Genre : Social Science
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A wedding ceremony in a Web-based virtual world. Online memorials commemorating the dead. A coffee klatch attended by persons thousands of miles apart via webcams. These are just a few of the ritual practices that have developed and are emerging in online settings. Such Web-based rituals depend on the merging of two modes of communication often held distinct by scholars: the use of a device or mechanism to transmit messages between people across space, and a ritual gathering of people in the same place for the performance of activities intended to generate, maintain, repair, and renew social relations. In Online a Lot of the Time, Ken Hillis explores the stakes when rituals that would formerly have required participants to gather in one physical space are reformulated for the Web. In so doing, he develops a theory of how ritual, fetish, and signification translate to online environments and offer new forms of visual and spatial interaction. The online environments Hillis examines reflect the dynamic contradictions at the core of identity and the ways these contradictions get signified. Hillis analyzes forms of ritual and fetishism made possible through second-generation virtual environments such as Second Life and the popular practice of using webcams to “lifecast” one’s life online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Discussing how people create and identify with their electronic avatars, he shows how the customs of virtual-world chat reinforce modern consumer-based subjectivities, allowing individuals to both identify with and distance themselves from their characters. His consideration of web-cam cultures links the ritual of exposing one’s life online to a politics of visibility. Hillis argues that these new “rituals of transmission” are compelling because they provide a seemingly material trace of the actual person on the other side of the interface.

Ritual Key Concepts In Religion

Author : Pamela J. Stewart
ISBN : 9781623568467
Genre : Religion
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Ritual has emerged as a major focus of academic interest. As a concept, the idea of ritual integrates the study of behavior both within and beyond the domain of religion. Ritual can be both secular and religious in character. There is renewed interest in questions such as: Why do rituals exist at all? What has been, and continues to be, their place in society? How do they change over time? Such questions exist against a backdrop of assumptions about development, modernization, and disenchantment of the world. Written with the specific needs of students of religious studies in mind, Ritual: Key Concepts in Religion surveys the field of ritual studies, looking at it both historically within anthropology and in terms of its contemporary relevance to world events.

The Interface Envelope

Author : James Ash
ISBN : 9781623569754
Genre : Social Science
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In The Interface Envelope, James Ash develops a series of concepts to understand how digital interfaces work to shape the spatial and temporal perception of players. Drawing upon examples from videogame design and work from post-phenomenology, speculative realism, new materialism and media theory, Ash argues that interfaces create envelopes, or localised foldings of space time, around which bodily and perceptual capacities are organised for the explicit production of economic profit. Modifying and developing Bernard Stiegler's account of psychopower and Warren Neidich's account of neuropower, Ash argues the aim of interface designers and publishers is the production of envelope power. Envelope power refers to the ways that interfaces in games are designed to increase users perceptual and habitual capacities to sense difference. Examining a range of examples from specific videogames, Ash identities a series of logics that are key to producing envelope power and shows how these logics have intensified over the last thirty years. In turn, Ash suggests that the logics of interface envelopes in videogames are spreading to other types of interface. In doing so life becomes enveloped as the environments people inhabit becoming increasingly loaded with digital interfaces. Rather than simply negative, Ash develops a series of responses to the potential problematics of interface envelopes and envelope power and emphasizes their pharmacological nature.

Forthcoming Books

Author : Rose Arny
ISBN : UOM:39015046838804
Genre : American literature
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Index To Dance Periodicals 2001

Author : GK Hall
ISBN : 0783896921
Genre : Reference
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The "Index to Dance Periodicals," prepared by the staff of the Dance Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, indexes current periodical literature on dance and dance-related topics. This "Index" provides easy access for the scholar, student, performer and general interest researcher. From professional to artistic, from scholarly to popular, the articles represent a multitude of topics and issues illustrating the present diversity of the dance field, and are international in scope. Although most of the thousands of articles in each annual volume are in English, three foreign language periodicals have also been indexed. The "Index to Dance Periodicals" supplements the annual "Bibliographic Guide to Dance," which lists bibliographic citations to all forms of materials, including rare treatises and visual materials, cataloged each year by the Dance Division of New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The entire catalog of the Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is cumulated each year in G.K. Hall's annual CD-ROM, "Dance on Disc," which contains more than 200,000 catalog entries, representing all forms of materials. Also, "Dance on Disc" now contains the Dance Division authority file of 165,996 standardized forms of proper names for people, dance companies, titles of choreographic works and subjects. The authority file includes cross-references, clarifying notes, and first performance information for staged choreographed works, including location, date, choreographer, other credits and dance company. Periodicals indexed include: "American Journal of Dance Therapy Attitude: The Dancers? Magazine BalletReview Ballett International/Tanz Aktuell [English edition] Ballett-Journal/Das Tanzarchiv Brolga: an Australian Journal about Dance Choreography and dance Contact Quarterly Current Biography Yearbook" (Occasionally indexed for articles pertinent to the dance field) "Dance Australia Dance Chronicle Dance Europe Dance International Dance Magazine Dance Research (London) Dance Research Journal Dance Teacher (Formerly Dance Teacher Now) Dance Theatre Journal Dancing Times Danser Skating Tanzdrama Magazine "

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