kanarinka on Tue, 24 Apr 2007 17:40:17 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> The New American Dictionary - book announcement

Book Launch Party!

THE NEW AMERICAN DICTIONARY (Interactive Fear/Security Edition)

compiled by the Institute for Infinitely Small Things

with definitions sold on eBay to contributors from around the world

presented in conjunction with
the Boston Cyberarts Festival, 2007

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Thursday, April 26th, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Art Interactive, 130 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA
Food, drinks and booksigning with the Institute for Infinitely Small Things.
Books on sale for 25% off retail price.

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Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/3b8cvb

Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/content/618336

Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA

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Are we more ready? Or are we just more scared?

Have you noticed how new words have entered American English since September 11th? The USA now has a new vocabulary that includes:

Freedom Fries
Friendly Fire
Regime Change
Smart Bomb
And 60 more…

The New American Dictionary: Interactive Security/Fear Edition is a new book by the Boston performance group, the Institute for Infinitely Small Things. The dictionary, a paperback which retails for $19.95 on Amazon.com and at the Harvard Book Store, catalogs 68 fear and security terms that are either new – i.e. preparedness - or recently redefined – i.e. torture.

The New American Dictionary is a humorous, provocative book that calls for readers to pay attention to the ways in which terminology of fear, security and war have permeated American English post-9/11. Emphasizing the open, slippery way that these words enter our language, the New American Dictionary is an “interactive” workbook -- there are 58 terms that are left undefined for the reader to pencil in their own definition. Readers can submit their new definitions to the Institute for inclusion in the second edition (slated for 2009).

The other 10 definitions were sold on Ebay and defined by contributors from around the globe, including Owen Smith, Shannon Coyle, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Robert Ek, Robert Arnold, John Krygier, Phil Taylor, and Savic Rasovic.

It may be humorous, but it is also serious business. The New American Dictionary makes a great gift for anyone who is concerned about war, the state of American politics, or even for those who are just asking simple questions like: Are we more READY? Or are we just more SCARED?

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