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Finding Augusta

Habits of Mobility and Governance in the Digital Era

Heidi Rae Cooley

Publication Year: 2014

Finding Augusta breaks new ground, revising how media studies interpret the relationship between our bodies and technology. This is a challenging exploration of how, for both good and ill, the sudden ubiquity of mobile devices, GPS systems, haptic technologies, and other forms of media alter individuals' experience of their bodies and shape the social collective. The author succeeds in problematizing the most salient fact of contemporary mobile media technologies, namely, that they have become, like highways and plumbing, an infrastructure that regulates habit.

Audacious in its originality, Finding Augusta will be of great interest to art and media scholars alike.

Published by: Dartmouth College Press


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Title Page, About the Series, Other Works in the Series, Frontispiece, Copyright

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pp. ix-xi

Many have encouraged and supported this project during its gestation and writing.
I thank the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences for a semester’s teaching leave, which afforded me time to find the book’s current shape, and its Provost’s Office, for a Humanities Grant that funded development of Augusta App, the...

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Keyword: “Augusta”

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pp. xii-xv

“Augusta” is a proper noun. It names a unique instance of a person, place, or some other entity. Capitalization indicates as much, although failure to capitalize would not necessarily invalidate its status as a proper noun. On occasion, this proper noun assumes the plural form, “Augustas,” in which case it refers to...

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Introduction: Bodies, Mobilities, Technologies

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pp. xvi-xxxvii

Finding Augusta: Habits of Mobility and Governance in the Digital Era is interested in routine practices that define the mobile present. When digital technologies set places, persons, things, and information in constant motion, habits of navigation assume decisive social and political importance. While most discussions of mobile media...

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1 | Making Tracks: Augusta App Would Like to Use Your Location

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pp. xxxviii-25

Quick Response (QR) codes, like the one here, address a need for increased data storage and take advantage of the fact that many of us have mobile networked devices ready at hand. Invented in Japan in 1994 for the purposes of tracking vehicles during automobile manufacturing, the QR code may carry...

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2 | In Hand and On the Go: Design, Neuroscience, and Habits of Perception Handheld

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pp. 26-51

Eastman Kodak introduced the Cine-Kodak 16 mm movie camera in 1923, and the Cine-Kodak B two years later. Distinctive camera marks visible on the original filmstrip of The Augustas demonstrate that Scott Nixon shot the sequences of the Augusta Military Academy on a B model. Nixon also occasionally shot with the heavier, more...

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3 | “Location, Location, Location”: Placing Persons, Accessing Information, and Expressing Self

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pp. 52-77

Contemporary image-sharing practices that make use of keyword tags provide an excellent opportunity to observe the interaction of conscious choices, nonconscious habits, and technological mediations that make persons, places, and things findable. Scott Nixon’s The Augustas reel allows us to contextualize these current trends in...

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4 | Secured Mobilities: How to Think about Populations

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pp. 78-103

Governmentality and self-expression are not opposed but reciprocally confirming. As I have suggested, this relation looks different when we think of mobility, location, findability, and metadata, rather than the Panopticon’s architecture of surveillance, confession, and self-discipline. This chapter develops this account of governmentality...

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Conclusion: An “Aesthetics of Existence,” or Habit-ing Differently

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pp. 104-111

In the previous chapters of this book, I describe how various mobilities come to comprise what Michel Foucault calls the milieu. I show how industrial design, in its crafting of mobile handheld devices, creates and normalizes a type of relation between hands and technologies that encourages a spontaneous rather than a deliberate...

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"Augusta” Revisited

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pp. 112-116

If in reaching a conclusion, one imagines having arrived at an end, “Augusta” demonstrates otherwise. In July 2012, the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections found a second Scott Nixon “Augusta” reel. While in keeping with the first, this second reel is less finished—most certainly a rough cut. As with...


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pp. 117-156


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pp. 157-166


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pp. 167-178

E-ISBN-13: 9781611685237
E-ISBN-10: 1611685230
Print-ISBN-13: 9781611685213

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 871098366
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  • Self -- Social aspects.
  • Mobile communication systems -- Social aspects.
  • Mobile communication systems -- Health aspects.
  • Mobile communication systems -- Psychological aspects.
  • Information technology -- Social aspects.
  • Information technology -- Health aspects.
  • Information technology -- Psychological aspects.
  • Augustus (Motion picture).
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