Three New digitalculturebooks Titles Available for Free Online Reading

by Korey Jackson on February 2, 2010

Three titles in our imprint have just been posted for free online reading with Creative Commons licenses (BY-NC-ND):

Media, Technology, and Society: Theories of Media Evolution, edited by W. Russell Neuman

Poetry’s Afterlife: Verse in the Digital Age, by Kevin Stein

My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft, by Bonnie Nardi

All three books are for sale in print from the University of Michigan Press.

In Media, Technology, and Society, some of the most prominent figures in media studies explore the issue of media evolution. Focusing on a variety of compelling examples in media history, ranging from the telephone to the television, the radio to the Internet, these essays collectively address a series of notoriously vexing questions about the nature of technological change.

Poetry’s Afterlife blends memoir, scholarship, and personal essay to survey the current poetry scene, trace how we arrived here, and suggest where poetry is headed in our increasingly digital culture.

My Life as a Night Elf Priest compiles more than three years of participatory research in Warcraft play and culture in the United States and China into a field study of player behavior and activity.   In it, Nardi provides a fresh look not only at World of Warcraft but at the field of game studies as a whole. One of the first in-depth studies of a game that has become an icon of digital culture, My Life as a Night Elf Priest will capture the interest of both the gamer and the ethnographer.

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