Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema

Authors: Tucker, A.

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The Internet is the most terrifying and most beautifully innovative invention of the twentieth century. Using film theory and close textual analysis, Tucker offers an explanation of the Internet and a brief history of its portrayal on film in order examine how it has shaped contemporary versions of self-identity, memory, and the human body.

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Aaron Tucker is Sessional Faculty in the Department of English at Ryerson University, Canada.

Reviews

"This is a lively and wide-ranging account of how cinema has engaged with the Internet age, and with how we have imagined ourselves and our interactions with digital technologies over the last three decades." - Lisa Purse, Associate Professor of Film, University of Reading, UK and author of Digital Imaging in Popular Cinema

"Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Culture is a vibrant and erudite text that offers the first book-length study of how the Internet, and computers/computing more generally, have been represented in film - with a specific focus on cinema from the 1990s onwards. It offers a perspicacious analysis of how the language that we use to describe the Internet determines our understanding of it, while also engaging with a wide body of popular, but critically overlooked films, the deal with surveillance in the contemporary era, including Swordfish, Sneakers, and Enemy of the State. But this book is not just a timely analysis of films about or featuring the internet; through the provocative concept of the machinic audience, it also considers how we view films today, while simultaneously offering an exciting framework through which we can understand Internet culture more widely." - William Brown, Senior Lecturer in Film, University of Roehampton, UK and author of Supercinema: Film-Philosophy for the Digital Age


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Robot Historian and the Internet

    Tucker, Aaron

    Pages 1-26

  • The Cables under, in, and around Our Homes: “The Net” as Viral Suburban Intruder

    Tucker, Aaron

    Pages 27-48

  • The Evolution of the Web Browser: The Global Village Outgrown

    Tucker, Aaron

    Pages 49-71

  • Avatar

    Tucker, Aaron

    Pages 73-103

  • Hacking against the Apocalypse: Tony Stark and the Remilitarized Internet

    Tucker, Aaron

    Pages 105-133

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Aaron Tucker
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38669-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137386694
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38668-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48172-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 254
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations
Topics