The following books all sit on my desk at close hand as I plod along on the dissertation, and I wonder if anyone else in the whole of North America has this particular constellation of books at hand to do their work... If you are looking for something to read in 2012, you could do a lot worse than pretty much anything listed here.
Blascovich, Jim and Jeremy Bailenson. Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New
Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution. New York: HarperCollins, 2011.
Bogost, Ian. Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames. Cambridge, MA:
The MIT Press, 2010.
Borgmann, Albert. Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology. Grand
Rapids, MI: Brazos Press. 2003.
Boyd, Danah. Taken Out of Context. PhD diss., University of California Berkeley, 2008.
Brock, Brian. Christian Ethics in a Technological Age. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans,
Bruns, Axel. Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage.
New York: Peter Lang, 2008
Burgess, Jean and Joshua Green. Youtube: Online Video and Participatory Culture.
Cambridge: Polity. 2009.
Campbell, Heidi. Exploring Religious Community Online: We Are One in the Network.
New York: Peter Lang. 2005.
Carr, Nicholas. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. New York:
W. W. Norton. 2008.
Crouch, Andy. Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. Downer’s Grove, IL:
InterVarsity Press, 2008.
Coupland, Douglas. Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. New York: St.
Martin’s Press, 1991.
_______. Marshall McCluhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!. New York: Atlas and
Darnton, Robert. The Case for Books. Jackson, TN: PublicAffairs, 2010.
Dean, Kenda Creasy. Almost Christian: What the Faith of our Teenagers is Telling the
American Church. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
De Certeau, Michel. The Practice of Everyday Life. Berkeley: University of California
Dehaene, Stanislas. Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read. New York:
Detweiler, Craig. Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God. Louisville, KY:
Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.
Dickerson, Matthew. The Mind and the Machine: What It Means to be Human and Why
It Matters. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2011.
Doctorow, Cory. Makers. New York: Tor, 2010.
Drane, John. After McDonaldization: Mission, Ministry, and Christian Discipleship in an
Age of Uncertainty. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 2008.
Estes, Douglas. SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World. Grand Rapids, MI:
Fowler, Robert M., Edith Blumhofer, and Fernando F. Segovia, ed. New Paradigms for
Bible Study: The Bible in the Third Millenium. New York: T & T Clark, 2004.
Friesen, Dwight. The Kingdom Connected: What the Church Can Learn from Facebook,
the Internet, and Other Networks. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 2009.
Gee, James Paul. What Video Games Have to Teach us About Learning and Literacy.
Second Edition. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Gerhardsson, Birger. Memory and Manuscript: Oral Tradition and Written Transmission
in Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.
Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace, 2004.
Gleick, James. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. New York: Pantheon,
Goody, Jack. The Domestication of the Savage Mind. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Halavais, Alexander. Search Engine Society. Cambridge: Polity. 2009.
Harmless, William. Augustine and the Catechumenate. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical
Hoffman, Paul. Faith Forming Faith: Bringing New Christians to Baptism and Beyond.
Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012.
Illich, Ivan. In the Vineyard of the Text: A Commentary to Hugh’s Didascalion.
Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1993.
Innis, Harold A. The Bias of Communication. 2nd Edition. Toronto: University of Toronto
Jacobs, Alan. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Oxford University
_______. Wayfaring: Essays Pleasant and Unpleasant. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans,
Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York
University Press, 2006.
Johnson, Maxwell. The Rites of Christian Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation.
Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1999.
MacIntyre, Alasdair. After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory. University of Notre Dame
_______. Whose Justice? Which Rationality? University of Notre Dame Press, 1989.
_______. Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopedia, Genealogy, and
Tradition. University of Notre Dame Press, 1991.
McCluhan, Marshall. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Corte Madera, CA:
Gingko Press, 2003.
_______. The Medium is the Massage. Berkeley, CA: Ginkgo Press, 1967.
_______. The Gutenberg Galaxy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1962.
McGonagal, Jane. Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can
Change the World. New York: Penguin Press, 2011.
Ong, Walter J. The Presence of the Word. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1967.
_______. Orality and Literacy. New York: Routledge, 2002.
Pagitt, Doug. Church in the Inventive Age. Minneapolis, MN: Sparkhouse Press, 2010.
Pettegree, Andrew. The Book in the Renaissance. New Haven, CT: Yale University
Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show
Business. New York: Penguin Books, 2005.
Satterlee, Craig. Ambrose of Milan’s Mystagogical Preaching. Collegeville, MN:
Liturgical Press, 2002.
Smith, Christian. Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American
Teenagers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Smith, James K. A. Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural
Formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.
Sontag, Susan. On Photography. New York: Picador, 1973.
Stephenson, Neal. Anathem. New York: Harper Perennial, 2010.
Thomas, Douglas and John Seely Brown. A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the
Imagination for a World of Constant Change. Self-published, 2011.
Turkle, Sherry. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from
Each Other. New York: Basic Books, 2011.
Ward, Pete. Participation and Mediation: A Practical Theology for the Liquid Church.
London: SCM Press. 2008.
Weinberger, David. Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital
Disorder. New York: Holt Paperbacks, 2007.
Wuthnow, Robert. After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings are
Shaping the Future of American Religion. Princeton: Princeton University Press,2010.