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

M. Hicks mhicks1 at iit.edu
Thu Sep 27 13:39:07 PDT 2018

What an exciting and important contribution--can't wait to read it. Congrats!

Marie Hicks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, History of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL USA
mhicks1 at iit.edu | mariehicks.net | @histoftech
Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing

On Sep 27, 2018, at 1:43 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 Plotnick, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cinema and Media Studies
The Media School
Indiana University
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