New Books Network

Neil Selwyn, “What is Digital Sociology?” (Polity, 2019)
The rise of digital technology is transforming the world in which we live. Our digitalized societies demand new ways of thinking about the social, and this short book introduces readers to an approach that can deliver this: digital sociology. In What is Digital Sociology? (Polity, 2019), Neil Selwyn examines the... Read More
Joseph Reagle, “Hacking Life: Systematized Living and its Discontents” (MIT Press, 2019)
Life hackers track and analyze the food they eat, the hours they sleep, the money they spend, and how they’re feeling on any given day. They share tips on the most efficient ways to tie shoelaces and load the dishwasher; they employ a tomato-shaped kitchen timer as a time-management tool.... Read More
Kristen Hoerl, “Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements” (UP of Mississippi, 2018)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–interviews Kristen Hoerl (she/hers) on her impressive new book The Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements (University Press of Mississippi,... Read More
Joshua Foa Dienstag, “Cinema Pessimism: A Political Theory of Representation and Reciprocity” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Joshua Foa Dienstag, Professor of Political Science and Law at UCLA, considers, in his new book, the interaction between our experiences in watching films and our positions as citizens in a representative democracy. In both situations, as an audience member watching a movie and as a citizen in a representative... Read More
Áine O’Healy, “Migrant Anxieties: Italian Cinema in a Transnational Frame” (Indiana UP, 2019)
In her recently published Migrant Anxieties: Italian Cinema in a Transnational Frame (Indiana University Press, 2019), Áine O’Healy explores how filmmakers in Italy have probed the tensions accompanying the country’s shift from an emigrant nation to a destination point for over five million immigrants over the course of three decades.... Read More
Ruth Palmer, “Becoming the News: How Ordinary People Respond to the Media Spotlight” (Columbia UP, 2017)
In her book, Becoming the News: How Ordinary People Respond to the Media Spotlight (Columbia University Press, 2017), Ruth Palmer argues that understanding the motivations and experiences of those who have been featured in news stories – voluntarily or not – sheds new light on the practice of journalism and... Read More
Lewis Raven Wallace, “The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
From the New York Times to NPR, many major news organizations have strict policies about how reporters can conduct themselves in relation to the stories they cover. Journalists are discouraged from going to political events, advocating for causes related to the topics they cover, and publicly supporting candidates — all... Read More