Popular Culture and New Media The Politics of Circulation

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-06-13
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Popular culture and new media are deeply interwoven, yet they are often thought of as separate spheres. This book explores the material and everyday intersections between popular culture and new media. Using a range of interdisciplinary resources the chapters open up a series of hidden dimensions – including objects and infrastructures, archives, algorithms, data play and the body – that force us to rethink our understanding of culture as it is today. Through an exploration of its intersections with new media, this book reveals the centrality of data circulations in the formation, organization and relations of popular culture. It shows how digital data accumulate as a result of our routine engagements with culture. It then examines the ways that these data fold-back into culture through algorithmic process, through play and through mediated bodily experiences. The book asks how we might conceptualize and understand culture as it continues to be reshaped by these recursive circulations of data.

Author Biography

David Beer is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York, UK. His previous publications include the book New Media: The Key Concepts (with Nicholas Gane).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Intersections of Popular Culture and New Media
2. Objects and Infrastructures: Opening the Pathways of Cultural Circulation
3. Archiving: Organising the Circulations of Popular Culture
4. Algorithms: Shaping Tastes and Manipulating the Circulations of Popular Culture
5. Data Play: Circulating for Fun
6. Bodies and Interfaces: the Corporeal Circulations of Popular Culture
7. Conclusion: The Centrality of Circulations in Popular Culture

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