[SIGCIS-Members] Book Announcement: Power Button: A History of Pleasure, Panic, and the Politics of Pushing

Julie Cohn cohnconnor at comcast.net
Thu Sep 27 13:22:56 PDT 2018


Congratulations Rachel - your book promises to be a good read! - Julie Cohn 

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> On Sep 27, 2018, at 12:43 PM, Plotnick, Rachel <raplotni at iu.edu> wrote:
> 
> Hi SIGCISers, 
> 
> I am pleased to announce the publication of my book, Power Button: A History of Pleasure, Panic, and the Politics of Pushing​ with The MIT Press in the Science, Technology & Society series. 
> 
> The book historicizes computing by thinking about definitions of "digital" as they apply to fingers and button pushing, tracing the roots of a 19th-century society that becomes transfixed with the notion of pushing a button to accomplish work or play. Alongside thinking about electrification and industrialization, it considers everything from push-button warfare, vending machines and cameras to "Like" buttons in social media. It asks questions about how and why buttons became a ubiquitous technology and button pushing became an entrenched practice - one fraught with concerns about skill, effort, gender, age and class.
> 
> Check out an excerpt here: https://medium.com/@mitpress/pleasure-panic-and-the-politics-of-pushing-123b534eaee7 
> And purchase options here: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/power-button 
> 
> Thanks and regards,
> Rachel
> 
> Rachel Plotnick, PhD
> Assistant Professor, Cinema and Media Studies
> The Media School
> Indiana University
> http://www.rachelplotnick.com​ 
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