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New Modes of Intellectual Life in the Network Society

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dc.contributor.advisor Gusterson, Hugh Lang, Jessica
dc.creator Lang, Jessica 2016-04-19T19:25:57Z 2016-04-19T19:25:57Z 2015
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the Anonymous network, as well as the 4chan image-board from which Anonymous emerged, to explore the status of intellectual life today and the ways in which networks are using technology and leveraging changes in media structures to create alternative discourses and recast the terms of public debate. Aiming to identify new modes of intellectual engagement in America today, the first half of this dissertation reviews prominent definitions of the intellectual, sets forth a clear denotation, and reviews the role of the intellectual as an historical actor in American since the 20th century. The case studies that follow focus on the activities of the Anonymous network since 2008, when Anonymous announced a staunch commitment to social justice, as well as 4chan, an image-board known for its vile depravity. The aim of this research is not to determine whether these networks are liberatory or oppressive, but to delineate what can be learned from their activities and operations, and the ways in which network society can be used in the service of intellectual aims.
dc.format.extent 213 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2015 Jessica Lang
dc.subject Cultural anthropology en_US
dc.subject Communication en_US
dc.subject 4chan en_US
dc.subject Anonymous en_US
dc.subject Digital en_US
dc.subject Intellectual en_US
dc.subject Internet en_US
dc.subject Network en_US
dc.title New Modes of Intellectual Life in the Network Society
dc.type Dissertation en Doctoral en Cultural Studies en George Mason University en

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