Book & Movie Club


Established in 2020, a sub-group of MASTS participants selected books to read considering digital technology studies from different disciplinary perspectives.

Fall 2020 & Spring 2021:

Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory (2005)

Ryan Ellis, Letters, Power Lines, and Other Dangerous Things: The Politics of Infrastructure Security (2020)

Whitney Phillips & Ryan M. Milner, You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polarized Speech, Conspiracy Theories, and Our Polluted Media Landscape (2021)

Sarah T. Roberts, Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media (2019)

Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (2015)

Nicholas P. Suzor, Lawless: The Secret Rules that Govern Our Digital Lives (2019)

Charlton McIlwain, Black Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter (2019)

Sun-ha Hong, Technologies of Speculation: The Limits of Knowledge in a Data-Driven Society (2020)

David J. Gunkel, Robot Rights (2018)


Another sub-group established itself to co-watch movies and television shows at a distance, choosing titles on themes of "technological dystopia and apocalypse" and "technological utopianism and diegetic prototyping."

Fall 2020:

The World, The Flesh, and The Devil (1959)

Soylent Green (1973)

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

Born in Flames (1983)

The Hunger Games (2012)

Snowpiercer (2013)

Spring 2021:

Black Panther (2018)

World’s Fair Double Feature (1939)

Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) & Star Trek: The New Generation (1987)

eXistenZ (1999)

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Smart House (1999)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Robots (2005)

Big Hero 6 (2014)

Robot and Frank (2012)

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Black Mirror, “San Junipero” (2016)