Monday, January 14, 2008

January Open Thread

January open thread for comments and questions about the book.

Spotted in the Wild?

Have you seen Mechanisms in a brick-and-mortar bookstore? Let me know!


As the need arises (hopefully not too often) I will use this blog to note any significant errata. Here is the first such instance:

p. 263. "The video went up onto MindVox that same night"

Not the "video," but the transcribed text of Gibson's "Agrippa." The video itself was never posted (nor could it have been, given the BBS technology).

Mechanisms Podcast

Mechanisms is featured in the MIT Press’s January podcast. I discuss various aspects of the book, including the significance of storage in new media studies, my archival work on Michael Joyce’s Afternoon, and the ethics of forensic studies. It’s about 15 minutes. (Direct link to the Mp3.)


Mechanisms' publication date is January 2008, but the books arrived at MIT Press's warehouse on December 12, 2007, and a couple of days later I had my copies at my door. It was available at and other online vendors soon afterward, and also at the MIT Press booth at the Chicago MLA.