Technology and Culture Reading Group

TCRG – School of Culture and Communication – University of Melbourne

Month: August, 2012

Bissel – Mobile testimony in the information age

by robbiefordyce

Hi all,

We’re postponing this week’s TCRG until I hear back regarding the GSA’s room booking. The reading for next week will be Bissel’s ‘Mobile testimony in the information age’. This will be Tuesday the 21st of August at 4.30pm, and I will email later this week with details of the room booking when I hear back.

Bissel’s piece deals with the issue of travel reviews and travel writing shifting from authorities of travel to being dissimulated amongst the general population of “Web 2.0” travel reviewers. While the piece focuses on travel as its case study, the theory seems applicable to the general cases of citizen reviews online, insofar as it deals with the moving of review cultures from outside of those in a privileged journalistic position. The piece covers material for those interested in social networking, materiality, and affect, and would probably benefit from further postcolonialist critique.



Reading proposals post

by robbiefordyce

Hi all,

This post is to provide a space for proposals for future readings for the TCRG. If you’re going to suggest a journal article, please cite the journal details so that one of us can find it easily. If you’re going to cite a book chapter, then it would be great if you can be sure that we will be able to get access to copies of the text to distribute within the group.

As a starter, we’ve had a set of suggestions from erstwhile co-founder, Michael Dieter:

“Benjamin Noys chapter on Latour from Persistence of the Negative (the whole thing is great), Campbell’s book Improper Life (the chapter on Heidegger is good, also the Agamben one), something from Sloterdijk’s Spheres, anything at all by Stiegler (the Memory entry in the Key Critical Terms is a nice starting point), Jodi Dean’s recent work on the communist horizon.”

We’ll welcome any and all future suggestions, and we’ll decide collectively as to which pieces to focus on. Just add a comment with the details of the reading you’d like to focus on.

— Robbie