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Media Life Reading List

Mark Deuze
The list author says: "This list features recommended readings on topics and approaches that seek to integrate and combine knowledge about new/ digital/ social media with insights from social theory/ philosophy/ cultural sociology. These authors succeed in moving beyond the media|society dichotomy. Very cool stuff!"
Media and Morality: On the Rise of the Mediapolis
Media and Morality: On the Rise of the Mediapolis
"Great book, with an appeal to our sense of mutual responsibility and ethics regarding our lives in the mediapolis."
Mediapolis: Popular Culture and the City
Mediapolis: Popular Culture and the City
"Brilliant and wild book, a mashup between sociology, urban informatics, architecture, digital culture, and media art. Epic."
New Media: The Key Concepts
New Media: The Key Concepts
"The best overview/key concepts textbook (advanced undergraduate/introductory graduate level) on new media & social theory out there."
Understanding Media Cultures: Social Theory and Mass Communication
Understanding Media Cultures: Social Theory and Mass Communication
"A bit dated, but still a wonderful review."
Cyberspace Odyssey: Towards a Virtual Ontology and Anthropology
Cyberspace Odyssey: Towards a Virtual Ontology and Anthropology
"A philosophical take on (new) media and society fusion. Better in Dutch than its English translation, still a great book."
Snow Crash
Snow Crash
"Not scholarly, but still one of the best texts that 'gets it'."
Media/Theory: Thinking about Media and Communications (Comedia)
Media/Theory: Thinking about Media and Communications (Comedia)
"at times a bit dense and wordy, but still full of insights."
The Media and Social Theory (CRESC)
The Media and Social Theory (CRESC)
"One of the few really good books on media and social theory."
The Invention of Morel (New York Review Books Classics)
The Invention of Morel (New York Review Books Classics)
"You have to read this! Beautiful and brilliant, and scary, and profound."
Collected Fictions
Collected Fictions
"Really, anything by Borges is compulsory if you want to understand the 21st century."
Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology (Posthumanities)
Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology (Posthumanities)
"highly original take on our media lives through an entomological perspective."
Kittler and the Media
Kittler and the Media
"before reading media philosopher Kittler straight up, start with this excellent introduction to his work and thinking."
Technics and Time, 3: Cinematic Time and the Question of Malaise (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)
Technics and Time, 3: Cinematic Time and the Question of Malaise (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)
"better than parts 1 and 2 insofar media life is concerned."
The Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Media
The Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Media
"a classic!"
Mediatization: Concept, Changes, Consequences
Mediatization: Concept, Changes, Consequences
"fantastic collection of essays, edited by Knut Lundby, featuring international scholars."
Zizek and the Media
Zizek and the Media
"another excellent (and funny!) book in Polity Press' series of contemporary theorists and media."
Society Online: The Internet in Context
Society Online: The Internet in Context
"very nice collection of work on society as it moves online, grounded in what the editors conceptualize as an 'embedded media perspective' (i.e. media life)."
Personal Connections in the Digital Age
Personal Connections in the Digital Age
A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age
A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age