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Bloomsbury Academic USA
29 January 2015
Material culture; Media studies; Military aircraft; Aerospace & aviation technology
Series: Object Lessons
Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Drones are in the newspaper, on the TV screen, swarming through the networks, and soon, we're told, they'll be delivering our shopping. But what are drones? The word encompasses everything from toys to weapons. And yet, as broadly defined as they are, the word drone fills many of us with a sense of technological dread. Adam Rothstein cuts through the mystery, the unknown, and the political posturing, and talks about what drones really are: what technologies are out there, and what's coming next; how drones are talked about, and how they are represented in popular culture.

It turns out that drones are not as scary as they appear-but they are more complicated than you might expect. Drones reveal the strange relationships that humans are forming with their new technologies.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
By:   Adam Rothstein
Series edited by:   Dr. Christopher Schaberg, Prof. Ian Bogost
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic USA
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 165mm,  Width: 121mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   197g
ISBN:   9781628926323
ISBN 10:   1628926325
Series:   Object Lessons
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   29 January 2015
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Author Website:

Adam Rothstein is a freelance technology writer and researcher based in Portland, USA.

Reviews for Drone

Readers interested in technology and/or warfare will very much enjoy reading Drone... Adam Rothstein did an admirable job, writing about every aspect of drones in detailed and organized fashion... [T]hose keenly interested in the subject will gobble this up. -- George Erdosh San Francisco Book Review [Rothstein's] book is a rich collection of vignettes about how to imagine and comprehend the drone ... [Drone] really excels in tackling the multiple meanings, symbols, and narratives attached to drones, all of which provide a bird's eye view (drone's eye view?) of the terrain of contemporary debate ... for those beginning a research project, or just the curious, this small book packs a big punch. -- Ian G. R. Shaw, University of Glasgow Antipode Adam Rothstein's Drone presents this iconic figure of contemporary warfare-the disconcertingly alluring autonomous airborne machine-through the lens of a different kind of history. Privacy and tracking algorithms run side by side with the ethics of self-guided munitions, activist political programs butt heads with emerging corporate business strategies, and all of it is tied back to the earliest experiments in driverless vehicles, quaint ancestors of today's over-mythologized UAVs. In the end, Rothstein's book is an exploration of technical agency: Where did drones come from-and what do they want? Geoff Manaugh, Editor of Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions and Author of the website BLDGBLOG This lucid, visionary work is as close as one can get to science fiction without the baggage of science and/or fiction. Adam Rothstein's Drone will be a wonderful cultural artifact in twenty years. It will be like a broken pomegranate of contemporary speculations and anxieties. Bruce Sterling, Author of The Zenith Angle and Professor of Internet Studies and Science Fiction at the European Graduate School, Switzerland Portland writer and artist Adam Rothstein's contribution to Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series digs into the history and meaning of autonomous aircraft-the ways they work, the tasks they perform, where they come from, and how the way we talk about them reflects the priorities and anxieties of our age. -- Ben Waterhouse Oregon Humanities

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