BOOKS

“Chris Ingraham is a lively and engaging writer. While crafting beautiful prose he exhibits remarkable patience with trivial—often ephemeral—objects. Thus, he gives us ample opportunity to appreciate their public relevance and the role they play in helping to constitute public life in the internet age. And all of this he draws under the aegis of ‘gestures of concern’—a gem of a concept that makes a significant contribution to rhetoric, political theory, and public sphere theory.”

 

                    — Ted Striphas, author of The Late Age of Print:                              Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control

“Laying out precisely why gestures of concern are significant and reminding us that there are never any empty gestures, Chris Ingraham offers a timely response to a certain reductive political discourse that sees meaning only in terms of representation. This book is a real pleasure to read.”

                                 — Jenny Rice, author of Distant Publics:                                            Development Rhetoric and the Subject of Crisis

“A minor revolution in digitally material media studies. Which media are fundamentally clickable, digital, modular, interoperable, highly technical, and infused with both cultural imaginaries and critical realities not previously understood? The answer, for Taylor and Ingraham and their five coauthors, is not digital media, at least not conventionally conceived: in this well-conceived and pleasantly cohesive volume, these standout scholars-headlined by perhaps the inaugural act of Lego media theory by Kate Maddalena-bring into sharp focus the immersive, even 'palpably pixelated' media environment that is LEGO: the digitally material media worlds of LEGO make us into makers, this volume argues, unearthing in the process a world of conflicted creativity myths, commercial cultures, and legal battles amid its endless minefield for bare feet. This volume, which plays well with both LEGO and media studies, deserves to be read widely.”
                           
                                  –  Benjamin Peters, Associate Professor of Media Studies
                                                                    University of Tulsa, USA
                                                   
“As Nicholas Taylor and Chris Ingraham's LEGOfied eloquently situates, the social and cultural dimensions of the LEGO phenomenon take on particular characteristics in a playful digital media world. This book will fascinate readers interested in understanding not just LEGO but how it is situated within the logic of playful media more generally. A must for media studies, digital media and game studies researchers.”
 
                                  –  Larissa Hjorth, Director, Design & Creative Practice
                                                                RMIT University, Australia
Perfect Balance
(Potomac Sculling Publishing, 2001)
  I ghostwrote this memoir for Aquil Abdullah, the first African-               American to become a national champion rower.
Enabling the Human Spirit: The J.E. Hanger Story
(Word Association Publishers, 2003)
 
     This is a biography of James Hanger, the first amputee of the                 American Civil War and founder of Hanger Prosthetics.