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The Electric Information Age Book: McLuhan/Agel/Fiore and the Experimental Paperback (Inventory Books) Paperback – January 25, 2012


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  • Series: Inventory Books
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; annotated edition edition (January 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616890347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890346
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fascinating....Ultimately, The Electric Information Age Book is about what made this collaborative book innovation - which McLuhan called "the mosaic of instantaneous communication," "the process rather than the complete product of discovery"-extraordinary at the time, but also about how it paved the way for the tectonic shifts happening in media today, with our customizable iEverything and highly visual neo-magazines a-la-Flipboard." --Brainpickings.org

"Thanks to the scholarship of Schnapp and Michaels, it is impossible to dispute that the books produced by Agel and Fiore pushed the printed page to the limit, and in doing so helped bring crucial ideas about twentieth century culture to an audience that might have otherwise remained oblivious. Think of them as precursors to Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart's campaign to inform Americans about super PACs.... The Electric Information Age Book compellingly tells the story of an important, albeit short, era in publishing when the insiders were the ones breaking down the walls and changing the rules as they went." --Imprint

"In this age of diminished print projections, The Electric Information Age Book (to which I contributed an essay) is a paradoxical manifesto on the future of the book... For those of us who refuse to accept the extinction of ink-on-paper books yet embrace the potential of digital media, Michaels and Schnapp's homage proves the past can guide the future-and just as the vinyl record is enjoying a comeback, the kinetic paperback book may have a future too." --Steven Heller

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Before moving to Harvard in 2011, Jeffrey T. Schnapp occupied the Pierotti Chair of Italian Studies at Stanford, where he founded the Stanford Humanities Lab in 1999.

A cultural historian with research interests extending from antiquity to the present, his most recent books are The Electric Information Age Book (a collaboration with the designer Adam Michaels of Project Projects [Princeton Architectural Press, 2012]), Italiamerica II (Il Saggiatore, 2012), co-edited with Emanuela Scarpellini, Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2012), a book co-written with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, and Todd Presner, and Modernitalia (Peter Lang, 2012), a collection of essays on 20th century Italian cultural history, edited by Francesca Santovetti.

His pioneering work in the domains of digital humanities and digitally augmented approaches to cultural programming includes curatorial collaborations with the Triennale di Milano, the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Canadian Center for Architecture. His Trento Tunnels project -- a 6000 sq. meter pair of highway tunnels in Northern Italy repurposed as a history museum- was featured in the Italian pavilion of the 2010 Venice Biennale and at the MAXXI in Rome in RE-CYCLE. Strategie per la casa la città e il pianeta (fall-winter 2011).

Faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, he is Professor of Romance Languages & Literature and also on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

He is the faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Walter on January 12, 2013
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Excellent resource for those interested in the McLuhan/Fiore/Agel collaboration, media ecology, and the history of new media. Well worth reading.
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