- Hardcover: 832 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (January 8, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415410681
- ISBN-13: 978-0415410687
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,776,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cybercultures Reader 2nd Edition
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About the Author
David Bell is senior lecturer in Critical Human Geography and leader of the Urban Cultures & Consumption research cluster at the University of Leeds. His previous publications include An Introduction to Cybercultures (2001) and Cyberculture Theorists: Manuel Castells & Donna Haraway (2006)
Barbara Kennedy is Reader in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Staffordshire. Her previous publications include Deleuze and Cinema: The Aesthetics of Sensation (2000), The Cybercultures Reader with David Bell (2000) and a variety of articles in journals on feminist film theory, philosophy, dance, choreography and cultural studies.
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Big Change in Direction (not all good)
I was surprised to see how significant the changes were. The goal and purpose has completely changed. In fact, too much has changed to be calling this a 2nd edition. Only 12 of the 44 articles are the same as the first edition. Call me old-fashioned, or out of the loop, but I am of the "old school" that believes an "edition" is a somewhat revised, perhaps expanded production. A significantly new work should have a new title, and be designated as such in some way. These readers should have been re-titled, the 2nd ed. perhaps called "Cybercultures Rewriter" instead of "Reader." To make matters worse, Amazon.com has no look-inside feature to allow customers to distinguish between the two editions. Nor does Routledge's own page make clear the huge differences between the two until you read the Table of Contents. I know Routledge is a prestigious press, but I feel that someone really dropped the ball here. As a customer, I feel deceived and manipulated by a less-than-ethical practice with this title choice. My university book store did not check the editions too closely, and ordered the 2nd edition instead of the first, as I had asked them to to - probably making the same assumption I originally did about the word "edition." Of course, it was a disaster. None of the assigned articles on my syllabus were available, and I had to spend hours re-doing lectures to match the Reader the class had bought. I'm sure my bookstore can't be the only one to have done this. Shame on you, Routledge!
Additionally, I would no longer consider this Reader useful for the undergraduate classroom. Many of the more accessible articles, including those with useful definitions that serve undergrads well, have been removed from the so-called "2nd edition." They have been replaced with more of the very specific, much more technical articles. Andrew Ross, Anne Balsamo, Jon Stratton, Forest Pyle, Tiziana Terranova (with useful definitions of trans- and post-humanism), Arthur and Marilouse Kroker, Michael Ostwald (on virtual urban futures), and the very important article by Timothy Leary (providing an ontology of the cyberpunk, as character type) are all gone. I would now only use this volume for my own research, or for a graduate level class.
I give the 2nd edition 1 star, given that it does not meet the purposes I wanted it for, and given Routledge's very short-sighted attempt to capitalize on the success of the first edition by retaining the title for what is essentially a completely different volume, and at the expense of time, trouble, and confusion for customers.