John F. Barber | Leonardo

John F. Barber

John F. Barber teaches in the Digital Technology and Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver. His research and publications often examines changing communication and speculation potentials wrought by shifting relationships between technology and culture. His book, New Worlds, New Words: Exploring Pathways for Writing about and in Electronic Environments, edited with Dene Grigar, explores the way communication changes when moved to electronic spaces.

Within his research interest areas of electronic archiving, interface design, and information architecture, Barber has published chapters focusing on the use of mediated, electronic environments as sites for meaningful human interaction in Texts and Technology, The Online Writing Classroom, Electronic Networks, High Wired, and Studies in Technical Communication; articles in print journals like Readerly Writerly Text, Works and Days, and Pre/Text; and articles in electronic journals like Leonardo Digital Reviews, Fine Art Forum, and Kairos. Barber is Developer and Curator of Brautigan Bibliography and Archive, an interactive information structure noted as the preeminent resource on the life and work of Richard Brautigan. Generating from his archival work are Richard Brautigan: Essays on the Writings and Life, an anthology of essays about Brautigan's writings, life, and place in American literature, as well as entries regarding Brautigan in the Encyclopedia of Beat Literature.

Books and Journal Articles

Leonardo Reviews

Digital People: From Bionic Humans to Androids by Sidney Perkowitz. Joseph Henry Press, Washington, DC, U.S.A., 2004. 238 pp. Trade. ISBN: 0-309-08987-5

April 2005
Leonardo Reviews

Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers: Writers on Comics edited by Sean Howe. Pantheon Books, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2004. 228 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 0-375-42256-0.

October 2006
Leonardo Reviews

YLEM Journal Special Issue: Science Fiction and Its Discontents edited by Loren Means. YLEM, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A., 2006. Volume 25, Nos. 10 and 12. ISSN: 1507-2031

April 2007
Leonardo Reviews

Anime Explosion: The What? Why? Wow! of Japanese Animation by Patrick Drazen. Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A., 2003. 382 pp., illus. Paper. ISBN: 1-880656-72-8

August 2007
Leonardo Reviews

The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite by Ann Finkbeiner. Viking, New York, 2006. 304 pp. Trade. ISBN: 0-670-03489-4

October 2007
Leonardo Reviews

Design Anarchy by Kalle Lasn. Adbusters Media Foundation, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2006. 416 pp., 420 illus. Cloth. ISBN: 0-9746800-9-5

April 2008
Leonardo Reviews

The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States by Carla Yanni. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A., 2007. 191 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN 10: 0-8166-4940-5

August 2008
Leonardo Reviews

Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance edited by Judith Rugg and Michèle Sedgwick. Intellect, Bristol, U.K., 2007. 184 pp., illus. ISBN: 978-1-84150-162-8

April 2009
Leonardo Reviews

The Second Life Herald: The Virtual Tabloid That Witnessed the Dawn of the Metaverse by Peter Ludlow and Mark Wallace. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2007. 320 pp., illus. Hardcover. ISBN: 978-0-262-12294-8

April 2009
Leonardo Reviews

The Pleasures of Computer Gaming: Essays on Cultural History, Theory and Aesthetics edited by Melanie Swalwell and Jason Wilson. McFarland Company, Jefferson, NC, U.S.A., 2008. 197 pp., illus.

October 2009
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Playing with Words: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice edited by Cathy Lane. CRiSAP, London, U.K., 2008. 205 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-0-9558273-3-4

October 2010
Leonardo Reviews

Sonic Mediations: Body Sound Technology edited by Carolyn Birdsall and Anthony Enns. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., 2008. 286 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 1-84718-483-9

June 2010
Leonardo Reviews

Points on the Dial: Golden Age Radio beyond the Networks by Alexander Russo. Duke Univ. Press, Durham, NC, 2010. 278 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-0-8223-4532-9

April 2011
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Cyberculture and New Media edited by Francisco J. Ricardo. Rodopi, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2009. 312 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-90-420-2518-9

February 2011
Leonardo Reviews

Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves edited by Galen Joseph-Hunter, Penny Duff and Maria Papadomanolaki. PAJ Publications, New York, U.S.A., 2011. 200 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-155554151-4

June 2012
Leonardo Reviews

How to Do Things with Videogames by Ian Bogost. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A., 2011. 192 pp. Trade, paper. ISBN: 978-0-8166-7646-0; ISBN: 978-0-8166-7647-7

October 2012
Leonardo Reviews

Radio: Essays in Bad Reception by John Mowitt. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A., 2011. 248 pp. Trade, paper. ISBN: 978-0-5202-7049-7; ISBN: 978-05202-7050-3

February 2013
Leonardo Reviews

The Future Was Here: The Commodore Amiga by Jimmy Maher. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2012. 344 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-0-262-01720-6

April 2013
Leonardo Reviews

The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies edited by Trevor Pinch and Karin Bijsterveld. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., 2012. 624 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-01-953-8894-7

June 2013
Leonardo Reviews

Missions for Thoughtful Gamers by Andrew Cutting. ETC Press, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A., 2011. 204 pp. Trade, free download. ISBN-13: 978-1-257-97970-7

October 2013
Leonardo Reviews

Lesabéndio: An Asteroid Novel by Paul Scheerbart. Wakefield Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2012. Originally published in German, 1913. 280 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 976-0-9841155-9-4

February 2014
Leonardo Reviews

Ethnography and Virtual Worlds by Tom Boellstorff, Bonnie Nardi, Celia Pearce and T.L. Taylor. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, U.S.A., 2012. 264 pp. Trade, paper. ISBN: 978-0-691-14950-9; ISBN: 978-0-691-14951-6

April 2014
Leonardo Reviews

In the Field: The Art of Field Recording edited by Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle. Uniformbooks, Axminister, U.K., 2013. 240 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-0-9568559-6-1

April 2014
Reviews

On Listening

February 2015
Reviews

Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording

June 2015

Online Reviews

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