As digital transformations continue to accelerate in the world, discourses of big data have come to dominate in a number of fields, from politics and economics, to media and education. But how can we really understand the digital world, ask the authors of Furious, when so much of the writing through which we grapple with it remains deeply problematic? In a compelling new work of feminist critical theory, Bassett, Kember and O'Riordan scrutinise many of the assumptions of a masculinist digital world, highlighting the tendency of digital humanities scholarship to venerate and essentialise technical forms, and to adopt gendered writing and citation practices. Contesting these writings, practices and politics, the authors foreground feminist traditions and contributions to the field, offering alternative modes of knowledge production, and a radically different, poetic writing style. Through this prism, Furious brings into focus themes including the automation of home and domestic work, the Anthropocene, and intersectional feminist technofutures.
About the Author
Caroline Bassett is Professor of Media and Communications at the School of Media Film and Music, University of Sussex, and Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab. She is the author of The Arc and the Machine (2007).
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Feminist Futures: A Conditional Paeon for the Anything-Digital 2. Scale, Subject and Stories: Unreal Objects 3. Bland Ambition? Automation's Missing Visions 4. Driving At The Anthropocene, or, Let's Get Out of Here: How? 5. Technofutures