Wary, on the one hand, of the disempowering habit of viewing technology as a satanic mill of domination, and weary, on the other, of postmodernist celebrations of the technologically sublime, Constance Penley and Andrew Ross have compiled a group of provocative case studies by contributors whose critical knowledge provides a realistic assessment of the politics currently at stake in those cultural practices touched by advanced technology. The groups examined here range from high-tech office workers, "Star Trek" fans, and Japanese technoporn producers, to teenage hackers, AIDS activists, rap groups, and rock stars. Each has something to tell us about both the production and the management of repressive technocultures and about the politics of creative appropriation. But above all, "Technoculture" suggests some new and timely possibilities for the encouragement of technoliteracy - a crucial requirement not just for postmodern survival but also for the decolonization, demonopolization and democratization of social communication. Constance Penley teaches English and Film Studies at the University of Rochester. Andrew Ross teaches English at Princeton University.
Cyborgs at large: interview with Donna Haraway Constance Penley & Andrew Ross ; The actors are cyborg, nature is coyote, and the geography is elsewhere: postscript to "cyborgs at large" Donna Haraway ; Containing women: reproductive discourse in the 1980s Valerie Hartouni ; How to have theory in an epidemic: the evolution of AIDS treatment activism Paula A. Treichler ; Hacking away at the counterculture Andrew Ross ; Brownian motion: women, tactics, and technology Constance Penley ; "Penguin in bondage": a graphic tale of Japanese comic books Sandra Buckley ; Hybridity, the rap race, and pedagogy for the 1990s Houston A. Baker, Jr. ; Watch out, Dick Tracy! Popular video in the wake of the Exxon Valdez DeeDee Halleck ; Just the facts, Ma'am: an autobiography processed world Collective ; Understanding mega-events: if we are the world, then how do we change it? Reebee Garofalo ; Black box S-Thetix: labor, research, and survival in the he[art] of the beast Jim Pomeroy ; The lessons of cyberpunk Peter Fitting