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Snap To Grid: A User’s Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures

“Snap to Grid: A User’s Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures” (Peter Lunenfeld)©2000, MIT Press; ISBN: 026212226XA series of smart essays on the nature of digital media and the cultures formed around and influenced by digital media. Introduces the idea of the digital dialectic, “a method to ground the insights of theory in the constraints of practice”.

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Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution

“Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution” (Howard Rheingold) Perseus Publishing; ISBN 0-7832-0608-3; ©2002Covers the social uses of mobile networked technologies. Filled with personal stories and anecdotes, this serves as a light introduction to possible futures of mobile networked devices and the effect they are having on the communities who have access to them.

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The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World

“The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World” (Lawrence Lessig) Vintage Books: ISBN 0-375-72644-6 ©2001An excellent examination of the clash between the open-ended architecture of the early internet and the property-centric legal system in the US. Lessig puts forth the idea of the internet as an “innovation commons”, and explains how current attempts to extend copyright and tighten intellectual property law threaten that commons.

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The Victorian Internet : the remarkable story of the telegraph and the nineteenth century’s On-line Pioneers

“The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-Line Pioneers” (Tom Standage) ©1999 Walker and Co. ISBN 0425171698.A well-told story about the beginnings of telecommunications.

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AmbientROOM, Hiroshi Ishii’s CHI98 paper on an ambient technology project at the Tangible Media group, MIT Technorati Tags: networked objects, networks

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