The Fibreculture Journal (http://journal.fibreculture.org) is now online. The Fibreculture Journal is the online journal of the Fibreculture network of critical Internet research and culture in Australasia. It has grown out of the ‘fibreculture’online mailing list that started in 2001 (http://www.fibreculture.org). Dedicated to critical discussion of the Internet and new media in relation to IT policy, networked culture, new media education and arts in an Australasian context, the list now has over 750 subscribers.
The Fibreculture Journal is a peer reviewed, scholarly publication that extends the research and theoretical discussion of the list culture. The journal encourages transdisciplinary approaches to thinking about new media and networked knowledge and practices and seeks to foster experimental and dissident intellectual endeavours.
At this stage the journal will be published in online text form but we will be seeking to experiment with database systems and content in the near future. We also plan to experiment with submissions of new media forms such as weblog writing, Shockwave Movies and Flash projects, all of which will be subjected to peer reviewing processes.
We are celebrating the launch of the Fibreculture Journal by publishing two issues.
The first issue of the Fibreculture Journal takes the politics of networks as its theme. There are articles on biometrics, the ‘military-entertainment complex’, an anthropologist’s view of the politics of the Internet,creative labour and IP, and the general politics of technology.
Issue 1 – the politics of networks
‘Report: Creative Labour and the Role of Intellectual Property’Ned Rossiter
‘Perfect Match: Biometrics and Body Patterning in a Networked World ‘Gillian Fuller
‘Internet Politics in an Information Economy’Jon Marshall
‘The Military-Entertainment Complex: A New Facet of Information Warfare’Stephen Stockwell & Adam Muir
‘The Erasure of Technology in Cultural Critique’Belinda Barnet
The second issue of the Fibreculture Journal takes both new media theory and education and technology as its themes. There are articles on learning objects, hypertext and learning, WebCT, new media such as the hologram in relation to older media such as photography, and email, rhetoric and presence.
Issue 2 – new media, new worlds?
‘Halflives, A Mystory: Writing Hypertext to Learn’Lisa Gye
‘Learning Through New Media Objects’
‘WebCT: Will the Future of Online Education be User-friendly?’Tama Leaver
‘That-which-new media studies-will-become’Philip Roe
‘Email and Epistolary Technologies: Presence, Intimacy, Disembodiment’Esther Milne
We are open to contributions for future issues of the Fibreculture Journal, and invite people to contact the editors (email@example.com) with feedback and ideas. We are currently thinking of possible future issues along the following lines: "new media" and "networked media"; distributed aesthetics; Multitudes, Creative Organisation and New Media Labour; McLuhan Now! – Media Theory and Design after the Delirium; and Distributed Cognition, Distributed Networks: the theory, politics and technologies of models of thought. We are, however, very open to ideas. Indeed, our main aim is that the Fibreculture Journal will be extremely responsive to the concerns of both the Fibreculture community and like-minded networks the world over.
The journal currently has an executive editor, Andrew Murphie (School of Media and Communications, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia) and 6 members of an editorial committee (Gillian Fuller, Lisa Gye, Esther Milne, Anna Munster, Ingrid Richardson and Ned Rossiter). There is also an editorial advisory board, with members from around Australasia and the world.
Editorial Advisory Board
Belinda Barnet (Swinburne University of Technology) Sandra Buckley (Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal) Danny Butt (University of Waikato, New Zealand) Linda Carroli (Fine Art Forum) Chris Chesher (University of New South Wales) Melinda Cooper (Macquarie University, Sydney) Kate Crawford (University of Sydney) Sean Cubitt (University of Waikato, Hamilton) Michael Dahan (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) Pia Ednie-Brown (RMIT, Melbourne) Mary Flanagan (Hunter College, New York) Terry Flew (Queensland University of Technology) Phil Graham (University of Queensland) Melissa Gregg (University of Sydney) Maren Hartmann (University of Erfurt, Germany) Robert Hassan (Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne) Larissa Hjorth (Artist/Academic Melbourne) Teri Hoskin (Artist/Academic Adelaide) Troels Degn Johansson (IT University, Copenhagen) Andrew Kenyon (University of Melbourne) Geert Lovink (Brisbane/Amsterdam) Lev Manovich (University of California, San Diego) Graham Meikle (Macquarie University, Sydney) Adrian Miles (RMIT, Melbourne) Brett Neilson (University of Western Sydney) John Potts (Macquarie University, Sydney) Melinda Rackham (Artist/ACMI) Philip Roe (Central Queensland University) John Scannell (University of New South Wales) David Teh (University of Sydney) Darren Tofts (Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne) Gregory L. Ulmer (University of Florida) Catherine Waldby (Brunel University/UNSW) Jill Walker (University of Bergen) Shujen Wang (Emerson College, Boston)
"I thought I had reached port; but I seemed to be cast back again into the open sea" (Deleuze and Guattari, after Leibniz)
Dr Andrew Murphie – Senior Lecturer
School of Media and Communications, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2052
311H, Webster Building
email: firstname.lastname@example.org room
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