Finding Augusta

Habits of Mobility and Governance in the Digital Era

Heidi Rae Cooley

Finding Augusta

Heidi Rae Cooley

Distributed for Dartmouth College Press

216 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781611685220 Published March 2014
Winner of the 2015 Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Finding Augusta breaks new ground, revising how media studies interpret the relationship between our bodies and technology. This is a challenging exploration of how, for both good and ill, the sudden ubiquity of mobile devices, GPS systems, haptic technologies, and other forms of media alter individuals’ experience of their bodies and shape the social collective. The author succeeds in problematizing the most salient fact of contemporary mobile media technologies, namely, that they have become, like highways and plumbing, an infrastructure that regulates habit. Audacious in its originality, Finding Augusta will be of great interest to art and media scholars alike.
Contents
Acknowledgments • Keyword “Augusta” • Introduction – Bodies, Mobilities, Technologies • CHAPTER ONE – Making Tracks Augusta App Would Like to Use Your Location • CHAPTER TWO – In Hand and On the Go Design, Neuroscience, and Habits of Perception Handheld • CHAPTER THREE ª “Location, Location, Location” Placing Persons, Accessing Information, and Expressing Self • CHAPTER FOUR – Secured Mobilities How to Think about Populations • Conclusion An “Aesthetics of Existence,” or Habit-ing Differently • “Augusta” Revisited • Notes • Bibliography • Index
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