Sharyn Mcdonald

  • If the twentieth century has been
    dominated by discussions of the public, public life, and the public sphere, Contemporary Publics argues that, in the
    twenty-first century, we must complicate the singularity of that paradigm and
    start thinking of our world in terms of multiple, overlapping, and competing publics. In three distinct streams-art,
    media and technology, and the intimate life-this volume offers up the
    intellectual and political significance of thinking through the plurality of
    our publics. "Countering Neoliberal Publics: Screen and Space," explores how
    different artistic practices articulate the challenges and desires of multiple
    publics. "Making and Shaping Publics: Discourse and Technology" showcases how
    media shape publics, and how new and emerging publics use these technologies to
    construct identities. "Commodifying Public Intimacies" examines what happens to
    the notion of the private when intimacies structure publics, move into public
    spaces, and develop value that can be exchanged and circulated.