MA in Digital Culture

There is a great deal of material on digital culture and society; books, articles, newspapers, blogs, tweets and much more. We recommend you follow your interests prior to joining us and have a good idea of the elements of digital culture—whether gaming, social networks, politics, blogging, mobile computing, or some other—that you are most fascinated by. If you want our suggestions then try the following.
For a start on academic work on digital culture and society try:

  • Yochai Benkler, The Wealth of Networks: how social production transforms markets and freedom
  • Jodi Dean (2010) Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive, Cambridge: Polity
  • Geert Lovink (2011) Networks with a Cause: a critique of social media, Cambridge: Polity
  • Zizi Papacharissi (editor) (2010) The Networked Self, London: Routledge
  • Charlie Gere (2008) Digital Culture, London: Reaktion
  • Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin (2000) Remediation: understanding new media, Cambridge Mass: MIT Press
  • David Gauntlett (2011) Making is Connecting: the social meaning of creativity from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0, Cambridge: Polity Press
  • Aphra Kerr (2006) The Business and Culture of Digital Games: gamework/gameplay, London: Sage

Once you’ve read any of these you will find plenty of suggestions of readings and references in them, so we suggest you follow your interests from these books. Other than academic work in books, there is a great deal of journalistic style writing on digital culture. This is often great fun to read.

  • Steven Levy (2010) In the Plex: how google thinks, works and shapes our lives, New York: Simon and Schuster
  • David Leigh and Luke Harding, (2010) Wikileaks: inside Julian Assange’s war on secrecy, London: Guardian Books
  • Brad King and John Borland (2003) Dungeons and Dreamers: the rise of computer game culture from geek to chic, New York: McGraw Hill
  • Charles Arthur (2012) Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft and the battle for the internet, London: Kogan Page
  • Parmy Olson (2012) We Are Anonymous: inside the hacker world of Lulzsec, Anonymous and the Global Cyber Insurgency, New York: Heineman

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