Sam Han explores the fate of being itself, when all things solid have turned into telelectronics. Here, reflexive human subjectivity mutates into a neurotic mosaic of nodal interfaces as techno-denizens of the early twenty-first century find themselves adrift in incessant waves of communication with sentient beings of all sorts, only some of which are human. Han's discerning work provokes a critical, theoretical, and physical encounter with the networked streams of media that feedback upon the energetic material flows and modulating identities of those caught in a web of global capitalist and technological transformations in power, knowledge, and the constitution of life itself. (Pfohl, Stephen)
[Han] attempts to create a broader theoretical footing for delving deeper into how technomedia establishes the virtual era, and what this means for everyday life and social experience. Recommended. (Choice
)Caught in the Web
is a clear, exciting, and complete survey of our changing commuicative environment. One of the book's most intriguing ideas is that New Media has created a social space that is as much virtual as it is real. (Lemert, Charles)
About the Author
Sam Han teaches at the College of Staten Island-CUNY.