Ben Peters

Ben Peters is the author of How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet (MIT Press 2016) and editor of Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture (Princeton 2016). He teaches at the University of Tulsa. @bjpeters

Reflecting on Chapter 1 of The Age of Sharing, by Nicholas John

Last month, Culture Digitally shared an excerpt from The Age of Sharing, the new book from Nicholas John. Below, several CD contributors reflect on the aims of the book, and its resonance with related concerns. Nik offers a brief response at the end. The book is now available in the U.S. as well as around the […]

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250 (more) Digital Keywords – a Working Resource

Here, as promised, is a list of 250 candidate keywords–the result of our previous call and the Digital Keywords appendix: 250 Digital Keywords (A Working Resource) Just glancing over this list–both a tiny fraction of relevant digital discourse as well as precisely ten times the (bolded) keywords covered in this volume–leaves me awestruck at the potential […]

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Keyword: Culture

Culture is a keyword among keywords for Raymond Williams, who contributed to the founding of cultural studies in the 1960s and 1970s. It is among the most common ways to talk about how we talk. In the essay below, one of Williams’ most careful readers, Ted Striphas, offers a sensitive update to Williams and a wide-ranging intellectual […]

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Keyword: Algorithm

The algorithm, Tarleton Gillespie argues in this terrific essay, stands as a complex administrator of modern life. In it Gillespie demystifies the many uses of the recent keyword algorithm, on loan from Arabic. It is at once a trick of the trade for software programmers, a synecdoche standing in for entire informational systems and their […]

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