Future Media

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/15/2011
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications

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This startling exploration of the mass media age uniquely combines complex nonfiction and prescient fiction from the best and brightest visionaries of the future. Essay contributors include Marshall McLuhan, who posited that the medium is the message; Cory Doctorow and his re-visioning of intellectual property in the digital age; and Nicolas Carr, whose cautionary warnings include that Google is making us stupid. The thought-provoking short stories are authored by science fiction luminaries including James Tiptree Jr., whose pseudonymous cyperpunk preceded all of her peers; Joe Haldeman and his wars where humans fight through cloning and time travel; and Norman Spinrad, who has pitted the media against an immortality conspiracy. Offering a blend of predictions for the course of communications, Future Mediaentertains while it informs and challenges readers to consider the implications for a society dealing with networks that are alternately personal, public, pervasive, and powerful.

Author Biography

Rick Wilber is a college journalism professor and the author of several college textbooks, including Magazine Feature Writing, Modern Media Writing, and The Writerís Handbook for Editing and Revision. He has published more than 50 science fiction short stories that have appeared in several anthologies and magazines, including Analog, Asimovís SF, and Fantasy & Science Fiction. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

Table of Contents

Preface: Thoughts on Predicting the Mediated Futurep. 9
Introductionp. 15
Excerpt from Understanding Media: The Medium Is the Messagep. 19
Is Google Making Us Stupid?p. 33
New Brains for Oldp. 44
Excerpt from Fahrenheit 451p. 50
Centigrade 233p. 57
Excerpt from Brave New Worldp. 68
Fantasy for Six Electrodes and One Adrenaline Drip (A Play in the Form of a Feelie Script)p. 82
Introduction to Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Deathp. 135
At Centralp. 144
Excerpt from Bug Jack Barronp. 154
The Prize of Perilp. 174
Sex, Death and Machineryp. 191
Baby, You Were Greatp. 220
Rock Onp. 234
Feel the Zazp. 242
Dude, We're Gonna Be Jedi!p. 278
From Women and Technology to Gendered Technosciencep. 299
The Girl Who Was Plugged Inp. 312
Tech-Illa Sunrisep. 348
As We May Thinkp. 358
Download for Freep. 377
Excerpt from Makersp. 380
The Future of the World Wide Webp. 408
Excerpt from Understanding Media: Automationp. 420
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