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Phil Rose is current president of the Media Ecology Association and author of Roger Waters and Pink Floyd: The Concept Albums.
1. OK Computer and Its Cultural Context : OK Computer as Artefact
2. The Antihero: OK Computer as Counter-Environment Information Overload: “Paranoid Android”
3. The Hero: OK Computer as Counter-Environment Abundant Alienation: “Subterranean Homesick Alien”
4. Go Slowly
About the Author
[T]he book offers a trained explication of some of the most significant outgrowths of media ecology and the novel introduction of affect-script theory. It should be a welcome addition to the libraries of scholars of popular music, those interested in media ecology, and all who hope to see affect—a concept in vogue across the humanities as of late—put to use in a sustained critical effort.
— Popular Culture Studies Journal
Scholars interested in the media ecology of music will find [Radiohead and the Global Movement for Change and Roger Waters and Pink Floyd: The Concept Albums] necessary touchstones that break new ground and open new possibilities for future study.
— Explorations In Media Ecology
Radiohead provides both an ideal subject and context for this tour de force demonstration of the power of media ecology. By treating the band’s activity as both ‘figure’ and ‘ground’, Phil Rose redefines activism in terms of its environmental effects, and initiates a new and highly accessible conversation about technology as moral philosophy.
— Douglas Rushkoff, Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens; author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture
Radiohead and the Global Movement for Change: “Pragmatism Not Idealism” uses media ecology in conjunction with Silvan Tomkins’ theory of affect as frameworks through which to discuss the concept album OK Computer by Radiohead. In the process, Dr. Rose exposes and critiques the cultural conditions of the late 20th century, which Neil Postman adroitly refers to as technopoly, analyzing Radiohead’s interrogation of the multiple contradictions inherent in the world in which OK Computer was created. The resulting work is masterfully written and makes significant contributions to the fields of popular music studies, media ecology, ethnomusicology and cultural studies.
— Rob Bowman, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, York University; Grammy Award winner and founder of popular music studies in Canada
One doesn't need to be a student of Radiohead to appreciate what Phil Rose has achieved in this volume. He applies media ecological principles to music criticism and shows how exploring the ways in which new technologies have both positive and negative consequences can give us the awareness we need to bring about positive social change.
— Joshua Meyrowitz, Professor of Media Studies, University of New Hampshire, author of No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior
In this thought provoking and very timely book, Phil Rose has crafted a challenging, thoughtful think piece about life, technology and activism. Rose starts by asking, “How does one critically reflect upon the inexpressible?” and answers the question through the lens of media ecology, allusions to art criticism and affect-script theory...In methodologically deconstructing Radiohead’s Ok Computer, Rose asks for nothing less than a reexamination of what it means to be human in a technopoly that embraces technological dehumanization as a means to an end...
— Brian Cogan, Ph.D, Associate Professor Communications Dept., Molloy College, author of The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music and The Encyclopedia of Punk