About the Authors

Jon Dovey, Seth Giddings, Kieran Kelly, Martin Lister, are members of the Department of Culture, Media and Drama, in the Faculty of Creative Arts. Iain Grant is Head of Field in Philosophy, in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. All at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Martin Lister is Professor of Visual Culture in the Department of Culture, Media and Drama, at UWE, Bristol. He has written widely on photography, visual culture, and new media technologies and is a curator and media producer. He edited The Photographic Image in Digital Culture, Routledge, and produced the CD-ROM: From Silver to Silicon: A CD-ROM about photography, technology and culture, London, ARTEC, both 1995. Recent publications include, ‘Photography in the Age of Electronic Imaging’ in Photography: A Critical Introduction, Routledge 2003, and ‘A Sack in the Sand: Photography and Information’, Convergence, 13/3, Sage, 2007.

Jon Dovey is Professor of Screen Media in the Faculty of Creative Arts, UWE, Bristol. He is a writer, lecturer and producer. His research focus is on technology and cultural form; he edited Fractal Dreams, New Media In Social Context, one of the first UK academic books in the field in 1996. Subsequently he wrote Freakshows — First Person Media and Factual TV (2000) and co-authored Game Cultures (2006). His current work centres on Play, User Generated Content, and Pervasive Media through the Digital Cultures Research Centre which he leads at UWE.

Seth Giddings is Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Critical Theory in the Department of Culture, Media and Drama at UWE, Bristol. He teaches critical media practice and new media studies, with a focus on popular new media and everyday life. His current research includes the production of ethnographies of play and technoculture, and is developed in both written and moving image form. His recent publications include: Dionysiac machines: videogames and the triumph of the simulacra, Convergence, 13(3), 2007; ‘Playing with nonhumans: digital games as technocultural form’, in Castells & Jenson (eds) Worlds in Play: international perspectives on digital games research, Peter Lang, 2007; ‘Digital games as new media’, in Rutter & Bryce (eds) Understanding Digital Games, Sage, 2006

Seth Giddings is the author of this website and can be contacted at [email protected].

Iain Grant is Head of Field in Philosophy at UWE, where he specializes in Metaphysics, Contemporary French Philosophy, the Philosophy of Technology and the Philosophy of Nature. He has published widely on problems from post-Kantian European Philosophy and Science, and is the author of On Grounds After Schelling (forthcoming) and Philosophies of Nature After Schelling (Continuum 2006), and co-author of Idealism (forthcoming, Acumen 2009).

Kieran Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at UWE where he teaches media theory. He started working in public sector computing over 20 years ago. His academic background lies in economic history and the two are combined in his work on the political economy of new media.