Information & Culture is an academic journal printed three times a year by the University of Texas Press. It publishes original, high-quality, peer reviewed articles examining the social and cultural influences and impact of information and its associated technologies, broadly construed, on all areas of human endeavor. In keeping with the spirit of information studies, we seek papers emphasizing a human-centered focus that address the role of and reciprocal relationship of information and culture, regardless of time and place.

The journal welcomes submissions from an array of relevant theoretical and methodological approaches, including but not limited to historical, sociological, psychological, political and educational research that address the interaction of information and culture.

To learn more about our submission standards or submit an article for publication in Information & Culture, visit our submission requirements page.


 

New Issue: Volume 54 Number 2 (May 2019)

Making Messages Private: The Formation of Postal Privacy and Its Relevance for Digital Surveillance 

by Efrat Nechushtai

p. 133-158

Efrat Nechushtai is a PhD candidate in communications at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her research has been published in Journalism, The International Journal of Press/Politics, and Computers in Human Behavior. Previously, she worked as a business journalist.


Archival Automation in the United Kingdom and the Relationship between Standardization and Computerization 

by Jenny Bunn

p. 159-178

Jenny Bunn is program director for the Master of Arts in Archives and Records Management program at University College London. Her research activity is directed toward the advancement of the archives and records management community as it makes sense of its ongoing evolution and reevaluation in the light of changing digital technologies.


Information in an Industrial Culture: Walter A. Shewhart and the Evolution of the Control Chart, 1917–1954 

by Phillip G. Bradford and Paul J. Miranti

p. 179-219

Phillip G. Bradford is in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut, Stamford. He holds a doctorate in computer science from Indiana University.

Paul J. Miranti is professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He holds a doctorate in history from the Johns Hopkins University.


Innovation in Search of a Context: The Early History of Lexis 

by Xiaohua Zhu

p. 220-242

Xiaohua Zhu’s research focuses on digital rights, e-resources licensing, open government data, social informatics, and academic libraries. Dr. Zhu has published her research in those areas in Library and Information Science Research, College and Research Libraries, Government Information Quarterly, and Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.


Making IT Work: A History of the Computer Services Industry by Jeffrey R. Yost (review)

p. 243-245

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017. 376 pp. $37.00 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-262-03672-6

Sarah A. Bell


Weaving the Dark Web: Legitimacy on Freenet, Tor, and I2P by Robert Gehl (review)

p. 245-247

Information Society Series. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2018. 288 pp. $30.00 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-262-03826-3

Elinor Carmi


 

Open Space: The Global Effort for Open Access to Environmental Satellite Data by Mariel Borowitz (review)

p. 248-250

Information Policy Series. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017. 432 pp. $40.00 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-2620-3718-1

Robert D. Montoya


My Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police File by Katherine Verdery (review)

p. 251-253

Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018. 344 pp. $27.95 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-8223-7081-9

Kalpana Shankar


Available book reviews for the upcoming issue (May 2019)

The Poem Electric: Technology and the Lyric, by Seth Perlow
Reviewed by Tanya Clement
"Examining a broad array of electronics—from radio to telephone to modern-day web browsers—Seth Perlow considers how these technologies transform poems that aren’t normally considered “digital.” Posing a necessary challenge to the privilege of information in the digital humanities, Perlow develops new ways of reading poetry, alongside and against the electronic equipment that is now ubiquitous in our world." (University of Minnesota Press)

IBM: The Rise and Fall and Reinvention of a Global Icon by James Cortada 
Reviewed by Jillian Foley
"A history of one of the most influential American companies of the last century." (MIT Press)

The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labor by Jennifer Rhee 
Reviewed by Leah Horgan
"Jennifer Rhee traces the provocative and productive connections of contemporary robots in technology, film, art, and literature. Centered around the twinned processes of anthropomorphization and dehumanization, she analyzes the coevolution of cultural and technological robots and artificial intelligence, arguing that it is through the conceptualization of the human and the dehumanized that these multiple spheres affect and transform each other." (University of Minnesota Press)

The Politics of Mass Digitization by Nanna Bonde Thylstrup 
Reviewed by Marc Kosiciejew
"A new examination of mass digitization as an emerging sociopolitical and sociotechnical phenomenon that alters the politics of cultural memory." (MIT Press)

Raymond Klibansky and the Warburg Library Network: Intellectual Peregrinations from Hamburg to London and Montreal
Reviewed by David Levy 
"The first interdisciplinary study of the Warburg Library network as an arena of intellectual transmission, transformation, and exchange, this volume reveals dynamics, agencies, and actors at play in the development of the Warburg Institute’s program and output, with a specific focus on the role of Raymond Klibansky." (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

Power Button: A History of Pleasure, Panic, and the Politics of Pushing by Rachel Plotnick
Reviewed by Hannes Mandel
"How did buttons become so ubiquitous? Why do people love them, loathe them, and fear them? In Power Button, Rachel Plotnick traces the origins of today's push-button society by examining how buttons have been made, distributed, used, rejected, and refashioned throughout history." (MIT Press)

The Scientific Journal: Authorship and the Politics of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century by Alex Csiszar
Reviewed by Jon Tennant
"Alex Csiszar takes readers deep into nineteenth-century London and Paris, where savants struggled to reshape scientific life in the light of rapidly changing political mores and the growing importance of the press in public life. The scientific journal did not arise as a natural solution to the problem of communicating scientific discoveries. Rather, as Csiszar shows, its dominance was a hard-won compromise born of political exigencies, shifting epistemic values, intellectual property debates, and the demands of commerce." (University of Chicago Press)

Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music by Maria Eriksson, Rasmus Fleischer, Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars and Patrick Vonderau
Reviewed by Nick Seaver
"An innovative investigation of the inner workings of Spotify that traces the transformation of audio files into streamed experience." (MIT Press)

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
Reviewed by Christine T. Wolf
"Discover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives." (Penguin Books)

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