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Lurking

Lurking

How a Person Became a User

by Joanne McNeil
Paperback
Publication Date: 23/02/2021

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In a shockingly short amount of time, the internet has bound people around the world together and torn us apart and changed not just the way we communicate but who we are and who we can be.

It has created a new, unprecedented cultural space that we are all a part of-even if we don’t participate, that is how we participate-but by which we’re continually surprised, betrayed, enriched, befuddled. We have churned through platforms and technologies and in turn been churned by them. And yet, the internet is us and always has been.

In Lurking, Joanne McNeil digs deep and identifies the primary (if sometimes contradictory) concerns of people online: searching, safety, privacy, identity, community, anonymity, and visibility. She charts what it is that brought us online and what keeps us there even as the social equations of digital life-what we’re made to trade, knowingly or otherwise, for the benefits of the internet-have shifted radically beneath us. It is a story we are accustomed to hearing as tales of entrepreneurs and visionaries and dynamic, powerful corporations, but there is a more profound, intimate story that hasn’t been told.

Long one of the most incisive, ferociously intelligent, and widely respected cultural critics online, McNeil here establishes a singular vision of who we are now, tells the stories of how we became us, and helps us start to figure out what we do now.

ISBN:
9781250785756
9781250785756
Category:
Internet: general works
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
23-02-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
Picador
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
209x139x21mm
Weight:
0.25kg
Joanne McNeil

Joanne McNeil was the inaugural winner of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation’s Arts Writing Award in Digital Art. She has been a resident at Eyebeam, a Logan Nonfiction Program fellow, and an instructor at the School for Poetic Computation.

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