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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (3 (114)): 141–171.
Published: 01 December 2023
...Zara Dinnen Abstract This essay considers the figure of the “user” as an emergent subject of late twentieth‐century US culture, in relation to the World Wide Web and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. The user is a subject position that is historical in the sense that use relations have...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (1 (109)): 149–175.
Published: 01 May 2022
... Tumblr, which was prominent between 2007 and 2018 both for its chaotic and confusing “rhizomatic” structure, as well as its popularity with marginalized users and fan communities. This article uses the One Direction fandom as a lens through which to examine the affordances of Tumblr as a platform...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 151–175.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Jonathan Cohn This article focuses on the birth of social networking and digital recommendation technologies and their relationship to current cultures of postfeminism and neoliberalism. These technologies, primarily designed to bring users in touch with other people and consumer goods, are tied...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (2 (113)): 145–171.
Published: 01 September 2023
... in the 1980s conceived of personal computer users not only as abstracted masculine individuals but rather addressed users within their roles in companionate relationships, in this case as part of a couple. These programs proposed methods through which computing could be used to assist in creating better...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2010
... on their assumptions about those products' primary users. Michel Foucault's theories of governmentality and disciplinary technologies are also employed to understand how the micropolitics of gendered product design connect with the macropolitics of social control. Building on feminist technology research, this study...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 88–115.
Published: 01 December 2020
... media users’ unpaid digital labor—creating, sharing, and responding to content—sustains the platforms that extract their data as “surplus value.” It further draws on sociologist Erving Goffman’s account of “face-work” in order to clarify the way in which a person’s digital identity is produced...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 109–133.
Published: 01 May 2009
... as Asian or Asian American. 24 conflates East Asians, Asian Americans, and West Asian ethnic groups together by representing all three as users as well as subjects of digital imaging technologies. Camera Obscura 2009 Lisa Nakamura is a research professor at the Institute of Communication Research...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 65–91.
Published: 01 May 2016
... software (such as Google’s personalized search or Facebook’s affective economy) designed to provide a reflection of users’ desires. The films offer insight into what the sexual and affective interlacing of humans and machines entails and conjure two competing visions of the future that I believe...
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Camera Obscura (1979) 1-2 (3-1 (3-4)): 151–156.
Published: 01 May 1979
... sends the film. The film is returned by the user immediately after the playdate and is cleaned and inspected for damage and wear by the distributor. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about distribution: Where and bow can I find films...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 177–183.
Published: 01 December 2016
... that is not state driven but is the result of regulations determined by private com- panies’ undisclosed content monitoring policies. There is also censorship among Internet users who, capitalizing on the unre- stricted information access and message dissemination afforded by the Internet, use hostility...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 37–65.
Published: 01 May 2009
... humans, in part because it can render them invisible to each other.4 Hansen observes that digital art can produce affec- tive states in the user that might ultimately lead to recognizing incongruities or incommensurabilities between categories of iden- tity and embodied singularity. Race becomes...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (2 (29)): 232–239.
Published: 01 May 1992
... The programs “run” on a desktop system consisting of a microcomputer (80486, 25 MHz) with 120 Mbyte hard disk, a laser videodisc player, 234 Figure 2. A user selection menu from Breast Cancer: Adjuvant Therapy, Dartmouth Interactive Media Laboratory’s...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 161–195.
Published: 01 May 2010
... but the site also fea- tures no nudity whatsoever and focuses exclusively on the face of orgasm. The Web site’s success is indicative of changes in the adult entertainment industry — changes in adult consumer demograph- ics brought about by an ever-expanding audience of Web-based users...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (2 (107)): 65–97.
Published: 01 September 2021
... of a quantified self. 8 Not only is the woman apparently presenting herself as a suitable female partner for a male suitor, eHarmony itself was founded as a heterosexual-only dating community. Its evangelical Christian founder envisioned it as a forum for users to find opposite-sex partners for marriage...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (1 (28)): 20–77.
Published: 01 January 1992
... of HIV transmission, women can still get the blame. The prostitutes in Germany, like other populations of women found to have higher than average rates of HIV infection (including other sex workers, IV drug users, women of color, and women from countries where heterosexual...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 133–139.
Published: 01 December 2016
... for interinstitutional experiences was striking. The potential for more egalitarian relationships trum- peted by many in the free courseware movement differed radi- cally from the lived experience of remote users. High attrition rates characterized courses that prioritized the dimension of massive- ness and one...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 12–31.
Published: 01 September 1995
... that she will achieve hair that can be easily and frequently changed. The product user is told she will get the “benefit” of hair that is “manageable” and “smooth” so that she will always be able to “get a comb through it12 The allure of the product comes in its promise to provide Black women...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 11–39.
Published: 01 May 2015
... as a $1,000 pair of glitter pumps and a $1,500 bookcase. In all, she asked for thirty items with a combined price tag of $13,000. When the website Reality Tea posted her wish list, the response was more than vicious. A user identified as mamazog offered her a supply of Valtrex [an antiviral drug to treat...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): iii–np.
Published: 01 May 2004
.... Photocopies for course or research use that are supplied to the end user at no cost may be made without explicit permission or fee. Photocopies that are provided to the end user for a fee may not be made without payment of permission fees to Duke University Press. Address requests for permission...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (2 (38)): 92–115.
Published: 01 May 1996
... movies that make extensive use of technology, the characters in Egoyan's films are not representative of the assertive will prevailing over the demonic aspects of the machine. Rather, Egoyan surpasses the antagonistic relation between viewer/user (sub- ject) and screen/machine (object) to weave...