- 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 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Critical Terms for Media Studies
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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.”
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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.