Friday, October 03, 2008

call for book reviewers

each month, the resource center for cyberculture studies, or RCCS, publishes book reviews and author responses related to the field of contemporary media and culture. these book reviews and author responses are free, public, and available here:

if YOU are interested in writing a 1000-1500 word book review and can write the review by january 30, 2009, please contact me (dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu) by OCTOBER 20, 2008. please include:

a) your name and affiliation (if any);
b) 1-2 books you wish to review (selecting more than 2 books automatically disqualifies you);
c) a short paragraph explaining your qualifications/interest in reviewing the book or books you selected; and
d) your agreement to provide a 1000-1500 word book review by january 30, 2009.

if selected, i will send you a free review copy of the book and ask you to send me your review by the end of january. if you are busy or already have too many commitments, please pass until next time. the deadline to express interest in reviewing books is OCTOBER 20, 2008.

the following books are available for review:

Rasha A. Abdulla, The Internet in the Arab World: Egypt and Beyond (Peter Lang, 2007)

John Amman, Tris Carpenter, and Gina Neff, eds, Surviving the New Economy (Paradigm Publishers, 2007)

Mark Andrejevic, iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era (University Press of Kansas, 2007)

William Aspray and Paul E. Ceruzzi, eds, The Internet and American Business (MIT Press, 2008).

Andrea J. Baker, Double Click: Romance And Commitment Among Online Couples (Hampton Press, 2005)

Antonina D. Bambina, Online Social Support: The Interplay of Social Networks and Computer-Mediated Communication (Cambria Press, 2007)

Megan Boler, Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times (MIT Press, 2008).

Christine L. Borgman, Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007).

Axel Bruns, Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life, and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (Peter Lang, 2008)

Fiona Cameron and Sarah Kenderdine, eds, Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage: A Critical Discourse (MIT Press, 2007)

Andre H. Caron and Letizia Caronia, Moving Cultures: Moblie Communication in Everyday Life (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007)

Paul E. Ceruzzi, Internet Alley: High Technology in Tysons Corner, 1945-2005 (MIT Press, 2008)

Samir Chopra and Scott Dexter, Decoding Liberation: The Promise of Free and Open Source Software (Routledge, 2008)

David Ciccoricco, Reading Network Fiction (University of Alabama Press, 2007)

Mia Consalvo, Cheating: Gaining Advantage in Videogames (MIT Press, 2007)

Hilde G. Corneliussen and Jill Walker Rettberg, Digital Culture, Play, and Identity: A World of Warcraft Reader (MIT Press, 2008)

Edgar Gomez Cruz, Las Metaforas de Internet (Editorial UOC, 2007 - written in Spanish)

Mark Deuze, Media Work (Polity Press, 2007)

Daniel Downes, Interactive Realism: The Poetics Of Cyberspace (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005)

Susan Driver, Queer Girls and Popular Culture: Reading, Resisting, and Creating Media (Peter Lang, 2007)

Anthony Dunne, Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience, and Critical Design (MIT Press, 2005)

David S. Evans, Andrei Hagiu, and Richard Schmalensee, Invisible Engines: How Software Platforms Drive Innovation and Transform Industries (MIT Press, 2006)

Herve Fischer and Rhonda Mullins, Digital Shock: Confronting the New Reality (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006)

Anthony Fung, Global Capital, Local Culture: Transnational Media Corporations in China (Peter Lang, 2008)

Martin Hand, Making Digital Cultures: Access, Interactivity, and Authenticity (Ashgate, 2008)

Kristen Haring, Ham Radio's Technical Culture (MIT Press, 2007)

Byron Hawk, David M. Rieder, and Ollie Oviedo, eds, Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)

N. Katherine Hayles, Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary (University of Notre Dame Press, 2008)

Charlotte Hess and Elinor Ostrom, eds, Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice (MIT Press, 2007)

Tim Jordan, Hacking: Digital Media and Technological Determinism (Polity, 2008)

Eduardo Kac, ed, Signs of Life: Bio Art and Beyond (MIT Press, 2007)

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (MIT Press, 2008)

Sharon Kleinman, ed, Displacing Place: Mobile Communication in the Twenty-First Century (Peter Lang, 2007)

Stephen Kline, Nick Dyer-Witheford, and Greig De Peuter, Digital Play: The Interaction of Technology, Culture, and Marketing (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003)

Christophe Lécuyer, Making Silicon Valley: Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970 (MIT Press, 2006)

Rich Ling, New Tech, New Ties: How Mobile Communication Is Reshaping Social Cohesion (MIT Press, 2008)

Eugene Loos, Leslie Haddon, and Enid Mante-Meijer, The Social Dynamics of Information and Communication Technology (Ashgate, 2008)

Geert Lovink, Zero Comments: Blogging and Critical Internet Culture (Routledge, 2008)

Geert Lovink and Trebor Scholz, eds, The Art of Free Cooperation (Autonomedia, 2007)

Annette N. Markham and Nancy K. Baym, eds, Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method (Sage, 2009)

Sharon R. Mazzarella, ed, 20 Questions About Youth & the Media (Peter Lang, 2007)

Paul D. Miller, ed, Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture (MIT Press, 2008)

Kathryn C. Montgomery, Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet (MIT Press, 2007)

Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert, and Ramona S. McNeal, Digital Citizenship: The Internet, Society, and Participation (MIT Press, 2008)

David E. Nye, Technology Matters: Questions to Live By (MIT Press, 2006)

Lisa Nakamura, Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet (University of Minnesota, 2008)

Kate O'Riordan and David J. Phillips, Queer Online: Media Technology and Sexuality (Peter Lang, 2007)

Laikwan Pang, Cultural Control and Globalization in Asia: Copyright, Piracy and Cinema (Routledge, 2006)

Amelia Sanz and Dolores Romero, Literatures in the Digital Era: Theory and Praxis (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007)

Shayla Thiel Stern, Instant Identity: Adolescent Girls and the World of Instant Messaging (Peter Lang, 2007)

Tanja Storsul and Dagny Stuedahl, Ambivalence Towards Convergence: Digitalization and Media Change (Nordicom, 2007)

Melanie Swalwell and Jason Wilson, Pleasures Of Computer Gaming: Essays on Cultural History, Theory and Aesthetics (McFarland, 2008)

May Thorseth and Charles Ess, eds, Technology in a Multicultural and Global Society (NTNU University Press, 2005)

Kim Toffoletti, Cyborgs and Barbie Dolls: Feminism, Popular Culture and the Posthuman Body (I. B. Tauris, 2007)

Sherry Turkle, ed, Evocative Objects: Things We Think With (MIT Press, 2007)

Joseph Turow, Niche Envy: Marketing Discrimination in the Digital Age (MIT Press, 2006)

Victoria Vesna, ed, Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow (University of Minnesota, 2007)

Barry Wellman and Caroline Haythornthwaite, eds, The Internet in Everyday Life (Blackwell, 2002)

Zach Whalen and Laurie N. Taylor, eds, Playing the Past: History and Nostalgia in Video Games (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008)

David Wills, Dorsality: Thinking Back through Technology and Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)

if YOU are an author/editor of a book related to cyberculture and contemporary media and you do not see your book on the list below, please send a review copy (or, better yet, 2-3 copies) to:

David Silver/RCCS
Department of Media Studies
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

i am especially interested in reviewing books published outside the US and UK and books written in languages other than english.

PLEASE NOTE: RCCS is a one-person operation. the last two RCCS call for reviewers generated between 200-250 requests to review books. for that reason, i ask two things: please follow the instructions above and please be patient. if the book or books you have selected have already been assigned to another reviewer, i will do my best to work with you to find another book for review.


The Sheck said...

An incredible list! We are already putting in orders for some of these, pending reviews of course!

david silver said...

thanks sheck! i've been meaning to get this list out but it had to wait until after i turned in my tenure packet. in the meantime, it kept growing and growing and growing. let me know if you're interested in reviewing one of these books.

kq said...

too bad you can't call for assistants. i understand the wisdom of doing it solo, but shoot! all those pending messages make me cringe a little.

david silver said...

yeah, they've been piling in - nearly 90 and the deadline is still far, far away.

i'm taking measures, though, to lighten my load. i'm being ruthless on the instructions: if you violate the rules, you don't get to review this round.