I'm writing to announce the publication of my book, _Cyberpl@y:
Communicating Online_ (Berg Publishers, Oxford, the UK, distributed in the
US by New York University Press). I am a sociologist and communication
researcher. The book is about playfulness in communication on the Internet.
Play with digital writing and typography is the main theme.
Chapters 6 and 7 may interest you in particular. Chapter 6 is about a form
of colored "text art" created under Windows 95+ and displayed in real
time on IRC (Internet Relay Chat). Artists create striking patterns and
drawings from the letters and symbols on the computer keyboard. This art is
based on ASCII art but goes beyond it. I call it a new kind of digital folk
Chapter 7 is about the passion for digital fonts among non-professionals,
including collecting fonts, displaying them on handsome Websites, and
designing their own fonts. I also refer to the work of some professional
typographic designers, including Jonathan Hoefler, Barry Deck, Zuzana Licko
and Rudy VanderLans, and cite many sources in the history of typography.
The chapter shows how computers and the Internet are making it possible for
amateurs, even teenagers, to become knowledgeable about typefaces and in
some cases to compete with professionals in the marketplace. The chapter
devotes a special section to "grunge" and "graffiti" fonts.
The book is written for both a general and an academic audience, and is
heavily illustrated, with 42 color plates and 91 halftones.
More information, including resources and links, an author biography,
ordering information, etc., is available on the book's Companion Website at
(best viewed in Internet Explorer; don't forget the @)
Emerita in Sociology & Communication, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Visiting Fellow, Dept. of Sociology, Yale University
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