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Just what is the “participatory condition”? It is the situation in which being involved in doing something and taking part in something with others has become both environmental and normative. The fact that we have always participated does not mean we have always lived under the participatory condition. What is distinctive about the present is the extent to which the everyday social, economic, cultural, and political activities that comprise simply being in the world have been thematized and organized around the priority of participation.

Structured along four axes investigating the relations between participation and politics, surveillance, openness, and aesthetics, The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age comprises fifteen essays that explore the promises, possibilities, and failures of contemporary participatory media practicesas related to power, Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring uprisings, worker-owned cooperatives for the post-Internet age; paradoxes of participation, media activism, open source projects; participatory civic life; commercial surveillance; contemporary art and design; and education.

This book represents the most comprehensive and transdisciplinary endeavor to date to examine the nature, place, and value of participation in the digital age. Just as in 1979, Jean-François Lyotard proposed that “the postmodern condition” was characterized by the questioning of historical grand narratives, The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age investigates how participation has become a central preoccupation of our time.

Contributors: Mark Andrejevic, Pomona College; Bart Cammaerts, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); Nico Carpentier, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB – Free University of Brussels) and Charles University in Prague; Julie E. Cohen, Georgetown Universit; Kate Crawford, MIT; Alessandro Delfanti, University of Toronto; Christina Dunbar-Hester, Rutgers University; Rudolf Frieling, California College of Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute; Salvatore Iaconesi, “La Sapienza” University of Rome and ISIA Design Florence; Jason Edward Lewis, Concordia University; Rafael Lozano-Hemmer; Graham Pullin, University of Dundee, Trebor Scholz, The New School in New York City; Cayley Sorochan, McGill University; Bernard Stiegler, Institute for Research and Innovation in Paris; Krzysztof Wodiczko, Harvard; Jillian C. York, Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. The Participatory Condition: An Introduction
  2. Darin Barney, Gabriella Coleman, Christine Ross, Jonathan Sterne, Tamar Tembeck
  3. pp. vii-xl
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  1. I. The Politics of Participation
  1. 1. Power as Participation’s Master Signifier
  2. Nico Carpentier
  3. pp. 3-21
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  1. 2. Participation as Ideology in Occupy Wall Street
  2. Cayley Sorochan
  3. pp. 22-43
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  1. 3. From TuniLeaks to Bassem Youssef: Revolutionary Media in the Arab World
  2. Jillian C. York
  3. pp. 44-59
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  1. 4. Think Outside the Boss: Cooperative Alternatives for the Post-Internet Age
  2. Trebor Scholz
  3. pp. 60-76
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  1. II. Openness
  1. 5. Paradoxes of Participation
  2. Christina Dunbar-Hester
  3. pp. 79-100
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  1. 6. Participatory Design and the Open Source Voice
  2. Graham Pullin
  3. pp. 101-122
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  1. 7. Open Source Cancer: Brain Scans and the Rituality of Biodigital Data Sharing
  2. Alessandro Delfanti, Salvatore Iaconesi
  3. pp. 123-144
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  1. 8. Internet-Mediated Mutual Cooperation Practices: e Sharing of Material and Immaterial Resources
  2. Bart Cammaerts
  3. pp. 145-166
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  1. III. Participation under Surveillance
  1. 9. Big Urban Data and Shrinking Civic Space: The Statistical City Meets the Simulated City
  2. Kate Crawford
  3. pp. 169-186
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  1. 10. The Pacification of Interactivity
  2. Mark Andrejevic
  3. pp. 187-206
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  1. 11. The Surveillance–Innovation Complex: The Irony of the Participatory Turn
  2. Julie E. Cohen
  3. pp. 207-226
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  1. IV. Participation and Aisthesis
  1. 12. Preparations for a Haunting: Notes toward an Indigenous Future Imaginary
  2. Jason Edward Lewis
  3. pp. 229-250
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  1. 13. Participatory Situations: The Dialogical Art of Instant Narrative by Dora García
  2. Rudolf Frieling
  3. pp. 251-268
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  1. 14. The Formation of New Reason: Seven Proposals for the Renewal of Education
  2. Bernard Stiegler
  3. pp. 269-284
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  1. 15. Zoom Pavilion
  2. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Krzysztof Wodiczko
  3. pp. 285-288
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 289-290
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 291-294
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  1. Index
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  1. Series Titles
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