Book Reviews, March 2017

Re-Collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory. By Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito. Reviewed by Joyce Latham. In Re-Collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory, Richard Rinehart, Director of the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University, and Jon Ippolito, Professor of New Media and Co‑director of the Still Water Lab and Digital Curation Program at the University of Maine, examine the challenges of preserving art in new and ephemeral media. The problem of conserving new media is urgent, they argue, because of the potentially significant impact its loss will have on social memory, or “the long-term memory of civilizations/” … Read more.


Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis, (Second Edition) by Hank Prunckun, reviewed by Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi. Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis deals with the analytical skills required for undertaking intelligence work. Post 9/11, the secret missions carried out by the intelligence agencies have been increased in complexity, number, and size. Prunckun’s text provides a systematic methodology needed for intelligent analysts to set up an inquiry and analyze the vast amount of data. …Read more.


Museums in the New Mediascape: Transmedia, Participation, Ethics, by Jenny Kidd, reviewed by Manas Dutta. The monograph under review started with few important aspects of museum in recent years, such as what do visitors want from museums today? How do visitors expect to experience, engage with, or even produce the materials on display, in both physical and online environments? Who constitutes a museum’s audience and where are they located?...Read more.