New Books Network

Nick Prior, “Popular Music, Digital Technology and Society” (SAGE, 2018)
Nick Prior—Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Edinburgh—discusses his new book, Popular Music, Digital Technology and Society (SAGE Publications, 2018). The book explores the social, cultural and industrial contexts for the changes that have taken place in popular music since the widespread adoption of digital technology by creators,... Read More
Paul Harkins, “Digital Sampling: The Design and Use of Music Technologies” (Routledge, 2019)
How does technology shape music? In Digital Sampling: The Design and Use of Music Technologies (Routledge, 2019), Paul Harkins, a lecturer in music at Edinburgh Napier University, looks at the relationship between the rise of digital sampling, technology, and music. The book draws inspiration from Science and Technology Studies to explore... Read More
Andre Brock, “Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures” (NYU Press, 2020)
Technology has been instrumental in allowing audiences to encounter expressions of culture to which they may have no direct connection. The popular commercial platforms like Twitter and Instagram mediate culture, the affordances of each determining how aspects of culture translate on the sites. In his new book, Distributed Blackness: African... Read More
Lee Vinsel, “Moving Violations: Automobiles, Experts, and Regulations in the United States” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)
Cars are among our most ubiquitous technologies; one could say that the cultural lore of the postwar United States is written in tire marks. But as much as they have been a vehicle for liberation and expression, historian Lee Vinsel argues that automobiles have been shaped by government regulation through... Read More
Jathan Sadowski, “Too Smart” (MIT Press, 2020)
The ubiquity of technology that collects massive volumes of all kinds of data lends itself to one overarching question: “What?” As in what is the purpose(s) of this collection? What are the benefits? And, what are the impacts? In his new book, Too Smart: How Digital Capitalism is Extracting Data, Controlling... Read More
Wade Roush, “Extraterrestrials” (MIT Press, 2020)
Everything we know about how planets form and how life arises suggests that human civilization on Earth should not be unique. We ought to see abundant evidence of extraterrestrial activity―but we don’t. Where is everybody? In Extraterrestrials (MIT Press, 2020), science and technology writer Wade Roush examines one of the... Read More
Thor Magnusson, “Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic, and Signal Inscriptions” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
In Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic, and Signal Inscriptions (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), Thor Magnusson (@thormagnusson)–musician, Professor of Future Music, and member of the Experimental Music Technologies Lab at the University of Sussex—provides a sweeping overview of the tools and techniques of music-making both before and after the dawn of computing... Read More
Theodora Varbouli and Olga Touloumi, “Computer Architectures: Constructing the Common Ground” (Routledge, 2019)
Weaving together intellectual, social, cultural, and material histories, Theodora Vardouli and Olga Touloumi‘s book Computer Architectures: Constructing the Common Ground (Routledge, 2019) paints the landscape that brought computing into the imagination, production, and management of the built environment, whilst foregrounding the impact of architecture in shaping technological development. The book... Read More