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The Body And the Screen : Theories of Internet Spectatorship (Hardcover)

Author: White, Michele

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White shows that despite the onscreen promise of empowerment and coherence (through depictions of materiality that structure the experience), fragmentation and confusion are constant aspects of Internet spectatorship. She analyzes spectatorship in multi-user object-oriented settings (MOOs) by examining the textual process of looking and gazing, contrasts the experiences of the women's webcam spectator and operator, describes intentional technological failures in net art, and considers ways in which traditional conceptions of artistry, authorship, and production techniques persist in Internet and computer settings (as seen in the creation of virtual environment avatars and in digital imaging art). Finally, she analyzes the physical and psychic pain described by male programmers in Internet forums as another counternarrative to the common tale of the empowered user. Spectatorship, White argues, not only affects the way specific interfaces are understood but also helps shape larger conceptions of self and society.

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Publisher Mit Pr
Mfg Part# 9780262232494
SKU 202124408
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0262232499
Release Date 5/13/2013
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0280
Publisher MIT Press (MA)
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