New Books Network

Tanya Kant, “Making it Personal: Algorithmic Personalization, Identity, and Everyday Life” (Oxford UP, 2020)
How are algorithms shaping our experience of the internet? In Making it Personal: Algorithmic Personalization, Identity, and Everyday Life (Oxford University Press), Tanya Kant, a lecturer in Media And Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex interrogates the rise of algorithmic personalization, in the context of an internet dominated by... Read More
Orit Kamir, “Betraying Dignity” (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2019)
What do medieval knights, suicide bombers and “victimhood culture” have in common? Betraying Dignity: The Toxic Seduction of Social Media, Shaming, and Radicalization (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press) argues that in the second decade of the twenty-first century, individuals, political parties and nations around the world are abandoning the dignity-based culture... Read More
Charlton D. McIlwain, “Black Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, from AfroNet to Black Lives Matter” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In Black Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, from AfroNet to Black Lives Matter (Oxford Univeristy Press), Charlton McIlwain, Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development and professor of media, culture, and communication at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, examines the intersection of racial justice movements,... Read More
Philip Butler, “Black Transhuman Liberation Theology: Technology and Spirituality” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
In his book Black Transhuman Liberation Theology: Technology and Spirituality (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), Philip Butler explores what might happen if Black people in the United States merged technology and spirituality in their fight towards materializing liberating realities. The discussions shaping what it means for humans to exist with technology and... Read More
Sasha Costanza-Chock, “Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need” (MIT Press, 2020)
In Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need (MIT Press, 2020), Sasha Costanza-Chock, an associate professor of Civic Media at MIT, builds the case for designers and researchers to make the communities they impact co-equal partners in the products, services, and organizations they create. This requires more than... Read More
Philip Reid, “The Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, 1600-1800” (Brill, 2020)
To the average landlubber, the merchant ships that crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1800 seem little different from their counterparts two centuries beforehand. By detailing how these ships were built and operated, though, Philip Reid shows in his book The Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, 1600-1800 (Brill, 2020), how... Read More
Christina Dunbar-Hester, “Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures” (Princeton UP, 2020)
In Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures (Princeton University Press, 2020), Christina-Dunbar Hester, an associate professor in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, explores the world of open technology – communities centered on knowledge sharing. In particular, she investigates how these communities are considering... Read More
Jeffrey R. Young, “Beyond the MOOC Hype: A Guide to Higher Education’s High-Tech Disruption” (CHE, 2013)
Remember when Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were going to shake higher education to its foundations by giving courses from the world’s most prestigious colleges and universities away free to the world? Today’s guest, Jeffrey Young – Senior Editor at the online educational publication EdSurge and host of the Edsurge... Read More
Lizzie O’Shea, “Future Histories” (Verso, 2019)
When we talk about technology we always talk about the future—which makes it hard to figure out how to get there. In Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us about Digital Technology (Verso, 2019), Lizzie O’Shea argues that we need to stop looking... Read More