- Series: Critical Terms
- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press (March 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226532550
- ISBN-13: 978-0226532554
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Critical Terms for Media Studies offers not simply a collection of critical terms, but a paradigm-shifting rethinking of the field itself. It represents an extremely important approach to media in the twenty-first century, one that will become increasingly relevant as the ubiquity of new media and new technologies make the questions it raises more and more pressing. The book is a definitive and defining statement about the future shape and direction of media studies.”
About the Author
W. J. T. Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. He is the author or editor of nine books published by the University of Chicago Press, including What Do Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of Images. Mark B. N. Hansen is professor of literature and arts of the moving image at Duke University. He is the author of New Philosophy for New Media, among other titles.
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as per Mitchell's restrained yet jaunty and strange visual way of traveling through dense concepts, I felt deflated excited and disconcerted at the same time about the losses of ideas I had about humanity and where we were going.
Now I'm pretty excited, years later
What this book does offer the reader is a careful interrogation of concepts that are crucial to the contemporary vocabulary of media studies. I will not evaluate the individual pieces as I think it's a bit too arduous if I try to do it well, and unfair to the authors if I do a shoddy job. Instead, I'll simply iterate what the terms are and who deals with them.
Section 1: Aesthetics
Art - Johanna Drucker
Body - Bernadette Wegenstein
Image - WJT Mithcell
Materiality - Bill Brown
Memory - Bernard Stiegler
Senses - Caroline Jones
Time and Space - Mitchell & Hansen
Section 2: Technology
Biomedia - Eugene Thacker
Communication - Bruce Clarke
Cybernetics - Katherine Hayles
Information - Bruce Clarke
New Media - Mark Hansen
Hardware/Software/Wetware - Geoffrey Winthrop-Young
Technology - John Johnston
Section 3: Society
Exchange - David Graeber
Language - Cary Wolfe
Law - Peter Goodrich
Mass Media - John Durham Peters
Networks - Alexander Galloway
Systems - David Wellbery
Writing - Lydia Liu
I recommend this book for people wanting to keep abreast/ahead of the current debates about the relations between embodiment, technology and society.