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"Galloway's theorisation of the computer as a mode of mediation offers rich possibilities for the critical analysis of the digital."
Seb Franklin, in
Radical Philosophy

"The Interface Effect builds on the work of Marxist critical theorists such as Fredric Jameson, new media scholars such as Wendy Chun, and Galloway's own work in earlier books such as Protocol. ... An interface, for him, becomes a technique for thought: an 'allegorical device' that makes the social world accessible in an age of information. ... The Interface Effect raises many critical questions about the ways that contemporary human beings mediate a historical present that invariably eludes us."
Patrick Jagoda, in the Los Angeles Review of Books

"Of vital importance to digital research; it should be included in any studies of the digital or mediated domain."
Media International Australia

"The Interface Effect fuses sophisticated contemporary theory with a detailed knowledge of the technics and techniques of digital media. Galloway is an important voice, and the book is sure to have a wide uptake among those interested in new media theory and contemporary aesthetics."
Jodi Dean, author of Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive

"Employing a sustained, powerful methodology, The Interface Effect sparkles with original insights. Galloway is interested not only in the effects that interfaces have, but also in them as themselves the results of cultural, technological, economic, and political forces. This double movement provides a way to connect the historical with the political, and the technological with both. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in new media studies, contemporary theory, and digital technologies."
N. Katherine Hayles, Professor of Literature, Duke University, and author of How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis

About the Author

Alexander R.  Galloway is Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (October 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745662536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745662534
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexander R. Galloway is assistant professor in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University. He is the author of Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (Minnesota, 2006), Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization, and The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (Minnesota, 2007).

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Demo on June 14, 2013
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Very complex and profound book, analytically dense, most up-to-date in the digital field, investigates interface as a reconstructive threshold, connecting two different worlds, implying a hermeneutic dynamics (interpretation). Communication is more than technical formalisms (these are grounding elements, of course, in the Shannon’s and Turing’s tradition) – it involves complex human expression that needs transformative passages between connection levels. I appreciated and learned very much. It’s a good example of how sophisticated can be analytical elaborations in the human sciences, when referred to new media.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pierre-Marc Côté on May 26, 2013
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In this very compact and rich book, Galloway shows great attention to methodology and discusses other essays at lenght. By rethinking most of the common place in media theory and showing their shortcomings in describing the computer interface, he sheds a lot of light on our relationship with machines under the ''society of control''. A work of great rigor with an elegantly unfloding argument.I would recommend this book to anyone interested in media, politics, aesthetics and even gaming.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E-Marie on October 28, 2013
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A bit too out there for me on digital media. If you are in academia and trying to argue FOR digital humanities against the doubters and techno-phobes than his perspectives and arguments are perhaps useful. However, he ignores access to technology to a fault. Very dry, very academic, very smart but very shaky as an effective argument due to what he does not address.
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