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How Words Create Digital Institutions
A Conceptual History of Everyday Talk
The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism
Print Commerce and Fugitive Voices in Eighteenth-Century Britain

o xi o ac k n ow l e d g m e n t s This book is the product of years of collaboration across two continents. A host of conferences—in Santa Barbara, under the aegis of the University of California Digital Cultures Project, on “Interfacing Knowledge,” “Copyright and the Networked Computer,” and “Digital Retroaction”; in Sheffi eld, En- gland, on “Scenes of Writing”; in Trondheim, Norway, on “Literature, Tech- nology, Imagination”; and in Stirling, Scotland, on “Textual Cultures”—led in 2007 to the event that generated this volume and its argument: a confer

to risk is that in 2016 we are clearly early, at most in the half- light of dawn. We have seen the inception of digital culture and digital institutions, but from our knowledge of existing tenden- cies (Moore’s law, globalization, robotics, blockchains, crowdsourcing, aug- mented reality, the early days of deep learning, etc.), we might guess that we are not yet even at the end of the beginning of an era of digital institutions; and only a charlatan or a deep pessimist could at this point guess how long the age of digital culture might last. For this reason

, of Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory. michael warner is the Seymour H. Knox Professor of English, professor of American studies, and chair of the English Department at Yale University. He is the author of Pub- lics and Counterpublics and The Letters of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth- Century America. william warner is professor of English the University of California, Santa Barbara and was the founder and director of the Digital Cultures Project. He is the author of Read- ing Clarissa: The Struggles of

. Anderson helped prepare an archive of his original documents. Kembrew McLeod offered key tips on overall shape, as did Benjamin Peters. Alice Bennett offered superb copyediting. Colleagues at the Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, gave helpful suggestions at a crucial moment in January 2016. So did Frank Kelleter and Alexander Starre during my stay at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin in summer 2016. Frank read a complete draft and made more crucial and essential

: Australian National University. Gibson, J. 2007. “Risk Aversion and Rights Accretion in Intellectual Property Law” Yale Law Journal 116: 882– 951. Gillespie, T. 2007. Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ———. 2009. “Characterizing Copyright in the Classroom: The Cultural Work of Antip- iracy Campaigns.” Communication, Culture & Critique 2 (3): 274– 318. Hauben, M., and R. Hauben. 1997. Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society Press. Hobbes, R. 2010. Conquering

place. Disinformation and censorship by omission are difficult for the public to detect. (The production of software to do this is a growing area of digital media research today.) So while there has been fragmenta- tion in the past of spoken languages and visual cultures, today it affects more people simultaneously, in more complex and “invisible” ways. Each person in the world who is connected to the Internet is a potential target. In this way, digital culture wars can be waged against anyone, anywhere, and at any time. There is again an urgent need for