New Book on Drones: Aerial Play

Aerial Play: Drone Medium, Mobility, Communication, and Culture is a new book by  Palgrave Macmillan publishers. Written by Julia M. Hildebrand, it  “provides a serious, scholarly, and accessible study of a highly significant new medium that is altering the world that we live in, and the way that we view ourselves.

Drones are not simply toys, they are our future, and this book offers us essential aid in understanding this important aspect of our evolving media environment. Drawing on the powerful tools made available via the media ecology intellectual tradition, combined with a multidisciplinary methodology, Hildebrand delivers an analysis that is both rigorous and readable, and above all insightful and provocative. Read it, and you will never look up at the sky in the same way again!” states Lance Strate, Fordham University, USA

According to  Larissa Hjorth, RMIT University, Australia , “In a short amount of time, drones have become a ubiquitous technology. And while scholarly attention has been focused on commercial and military contexts, the recreational drone has been relatively overlooked.

That is, until Aerial Play: Drone Medium, Mobility, Communication and CultureAerial Play addresses some of the complex debates around quotidian surveillance and mundane mobilities and how these practices recalibrate how we understand media ecology, mobile communication, mobilities research, and science and technology studies.

Traversing themes such as drone geography, communication, mobility and new visualities, Aerial Play also explores how drones can help us reinvent our digital methods. Hildebrand’s playful and yet robust approach to drones encourages us to rethink the paradigm between media and mobility.”

Moreover, the book offers a unique interdisciplinary exploration of the spatial, mobile, visual, and relational dimensions of aerial play by drones, focuses on consumer drone use to encourage a fresh understanding of contemporary and emerging playful human-technology interactions and new discussions in critical media studies, mobilities research, and science and technology studies.

This is a timely investigation of value to academics, regulators and the general public, particularly as drones continue to proliferate in civilian settings, requiring new forms of imagining and conceiving social practices.

Julia M. Hildebrand is Assistant Professor of Communication at Eckerd College. For her work on media, mobility, and drones, she has won multiple awards including the Harold A. Innis Award in the Field of Media Ecology.

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