Digital Culture

This is a page of links and further references for my lecture to students at the Southern Taiwan University of Technology.

Some of the posts on this blog refer to issues in the lecture. If you select ‘internet’ under ‘categories’ (box on the right) you will find a short summary and collection of links refering to Web2.0. If you select ‘on-line collaborative working tools’ under ‘pages’ (also box on the right) you will find links to some useful web2.0 applications – less fun stuff and more work-related.

Here are relevant links that I’ve tagged on If you explore other tags on my page, you will discover links to material on the internet and web2.0, and loads of other stuff that is hopefully of some interest.

There are three books that are accessible but serious introductions to issues raised in the lecture:

Charlie Gere (2002) Digital Culture, Reaktion Books
Excellent introduction to the cultural history and development

John Naughton (2000) A brief history of the future, The Overlook Press
Highly readable history of the internet

David Trend (ed) (2001) Reading digital culture, Blackwell

Comprehensive compendium of readings dealing with many issues that the lecture could only refer to in passing.

Also mentioned in the lecture were the following books:

Donald Norman (1999) The invisible computer, MIT Press

William Mitchell (2000) E-topia, MIT Press

Douglas Rushkoff (2000) Coercion: why we listen to what they say, Riverhead Books

Lawrence Lessig (2005) Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity, Penguin Books

Other links

cultural analysis

Cybersociology magazine
Cybersociology is a non-profit multi-disciplinary webzine dedicated to the critical discussion of the internet, cyberspace, cyberculture and life online.

Mute magazine was founded in 1994 to discuss the interrelationship of art and new technologies. Together with the web platform Metamute, it now contributes more broadly to debates on culture, politics and globalization.

seminal writers, writings and events

As We May Think by Vannevar Bush
Written in 1945, a groundbreaking article that ushered in thinking on hypertext and the role of computing in work

Howard Rheingold
Homepage of one of the most critical and important thinkers on digital culture

A Website and Weblog about Topics and Issues discussed in the book
Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold

Doug Engelbart 1968 Demo
A website dedicated to the demo with streaming video of the event


Virtual Museum of Computing
History of the Internet, Internet for Historians
(and just about everyone else)
By Richard T. Griffiths

Techno timeline

other stuff

Atlas of Cyberspaces
It is what it says on the can

Electronic frontier foundation
EFF is a nonprofit group of passionate people — lawyers, volunteers, and visionaries — working to protect your digital rights

Digital Art Source
A resource for digital art and culture information

HAL’s legacy
A complete on-line book about the legacy of HAL in 2001

Creative Commons

Computer virus exhibition

The digital craft section of Frankfurt’s Museum of Applied Arts, has a vibrant and innovative curatorial policy. For example, it collects computer viruses, and its I Love You exhibition explores the virus culture.

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