Cover of Nicole Starosielski's book The Undersea Network. Cover contains title and author in white text against a photo of a beach with undersea cables running from the sand into the water

The Undersea Network

Author: Nicole Starosielski

Duke University Press, 2015

Sign, Storage, Transmission Series

Service: Indexing

Winner, 2016 Best First Book Award, presented by the Society of Cinema and Media Studies

In our "wireless" world it is easy to take the importance of the undersea cable systems for granted, but the stakes of their successful operation are huge, as they are responsible for carrying almost all transoceanic Internet traffic.

In The Undersea Network Nicole Starosielski follows these cables from the ocean depths to their landing zones on the sandy beaches of the South Pacific, bringing them to the surface of media scholarship and making visible the materiality of the wired network. In doing so, she charts the cable network's cultural, historical, geographic and environmental dimensions.

Starosielski argues that the environments the cables occupy are historical and political realms, where the network and the connections it enables are made possible by the deliberate negotiation and manipulation of technology, culture, politics and geography.

Accompanying the book is an interactive digital mapping project, where readers can trace cable routes, view photographs and archival materials, and read stories about the island cable hubs.

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Cover of Nicole Starosielski's book The Undersea Network. Cover contains title and author in white text against a photo of a beach with undersea cables running from the sand into the water