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In NavigatingTechnomedia 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. (Stephen Pfohl, professor of sociology, Boston College, and author of Death at the Parasite Café, Images of Deviance and Social Control and Left)

[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, November 2008)

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. (Charles Lemert, Andrus Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan University)

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Sam Han teaches at the College of Staten Island-CUNY.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742560244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742560246
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Mr. Han is very much a postmodernist, and that is perhaps the primary value of this book. It is now evident that most scholarship analyzing the nature of the World Wide Web is going to be dominated indefinitely by postmodernist approaches. To those of us who are perhaps less theoretical in our approach, or impatient to arrive at a "real" or "final" understanding of the nature of the Web, postmodernist theory often seems like a foreign language spoken by those who are self-referentially passing through an infinite regress. The minute they open one door and we believe we see a glimmer of understanding, another one, barred to us by our lack of vocabulary or unfamiliarity with the standards by which it was constructed, swings closed.

Navigating Technomedia serves nicely as an introduction to the broad issues in postmodernist analysis of electronic media and will quickly bring a determined reader up to speed so as to better understand emerging analysis. We emphasize "determined." The work is anything but easy going, but neither is postmodernism.

For a full review see Interface Volume 8 Issue 7.
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Very cool stuff. McLuhan + Baudrillard + Hip Hop! What's not to like?

I had the privilege to read this book when it was in the form of an undergraduate thesis -- I'm sure it has undergone significant expansion and revision since then -- and it was illuminating. Social theory with a postmodern twist, this book focuses on new questions in media studies surrounding The Internet, information technology, fragmentation of identity, "sampling," etc. Mind-blowing abstract theory rendered with uncommon precision into lucid, readable prose.

**I should point out again that the material I read is probably different from what is being sold here.**
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