Toward a new complicity for new media

Naomi Mandel*

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This essay defines the field of thought on complicity, agency, and ethics from its formative moment after World War II to the early twenty-first century, and describes how the field must evolve in light of the ethical and political implications of mass digitization, social networking, and Web 2.0.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)693-710
Number of pages18
JournalComparative Literature Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
naomi mandel is currently Associate Professor of English at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is the author of Against the Unspeakable: Complicity, the Holocaust, and Slavery in America (University of Virginia Press, 2006) and Disappear Here: Violence after Generation X (Ohio State University Press, 2015), and has published three volumes of edited essays, including Bret Easton Ellis (Continuum, 2010) and Novels of the Contemporary Extreme (coedited with Alain-Philippe Durand; Continuum, 2006) and articles on Slavery, the Holocaust, and the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Mandel’s current research focuses on the visual and literary culture of the digital revolution and the Information Age. She gratefully acknowledges the support of the Polish Institute for Advanced Studies in Warsaw and the University of Rhode Island, United States.

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2019. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.


  • Complicity
  • Computer hacking
  • Digital humanities
  • Gray zone
  • Holocaust
  • Technology and media


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