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Engagements with Media

From the frontiers of cyberspace to Tibetans in exile, from computer bulletin boards to faxes, film, and videotape, the ongoing and often startling evolution of media continues to generate fresh new avenues for cultural criticism, political activism, and self-reflection. How is contemporary life affected by this stunning proliferation of information technologies? How does the Internet influence, and perhaps alter, users’ experience of community and their sense of self? In what way are giant media conglomerates implicated in these far-reaching developments?

Connected, the third volume in the groundbreaking and highly acclaimed Late Editions series, confronts these provocative questions through unique experiments with the interview format. It explores both the new pathways being forged through media and the predicaments of those struggling to find their way in the twilight of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Volume and Reintroduction to the Series
George E. Marcus
1: The Electronic Vernacular
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
2: A Torn Page, Ghosts on the Computer Screen, Words, Images,
Labyrinths: Exploring the Frontiers of Cyberspace
Ron Burnett
3: Framed, or How the Internet Set Me Up
Christopher Pound
4: A Tale of an Electronic Community
Mazyar Lotfalian
5: Computing for Tibet: Virtual Politics in the Post-Cold War Era
Meg McLagan
6: Knowing Each Other through AIDS Video: A Dialogue between AIDS
Activist Videomakers
Juanita Mohammed, Alexandra Juhasz.
7: Representing "Bhopal"
Kim Laughlin
8: Horizons of Interactivity: Making the News at Time Warner
Kim Laughlin, John Monberg.
9: Rewriting New York City
Joe Austin
10: Shades of Twilight: Anna Deavere Smith and Twilight: Los Angeles
Dorinne Kondo
11: Producing and Mediating Science as a Worldview in Postwar America:
Two Interviews
Fred Myers, Rayna Rapp.
12: DEBI Does Democracy: Recollecting Democratic Voter Education in the
Electronic Media Prior to the South African Elections
Ruth Elizabeth Teer-Tomaselli
Appendix: Selected Excerpts from the Collective Editorial Meeting, 30
April 1994

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