New PDF release: A Geology of Media (Electronic Mediations)

By Jussi Parikka

ISBN-10: 0816695512

ISBN-13: 9780816695515

ISBN-10: 0816695520

ISBN-13: 9780816695522

Media historical past is thousands, even billions, of years outdated. that's the premise of this pioneering and provocative ebook, which argues that to thoroughly comprehend modern media tradition we needs to set out from fabric realities that precede media themselves—Earth’s background, geological formations, minerals, and effort. And to take action, writes Jussi Parikka, is to confront the profound environmental and social implications of this ubiquitous, yet not often ephemeral, realm of modern day life.

Exploring the source depletion and fabric resourcing required for us to exploit our units to reside networked lives, Parikka grounds his research in Siegfried Zielinski’s greatly mentioned concept of deep time—but takes it again millennia. not just are infrequent earth minerals and plenty of different fabrics had to make our electronic media machines paintings, he observes, yet used and out of date media applied sciences go back to the earth as residue of electronic tradition, contributing to transforming into layers of poisonous waste for destiny archaeologists to think of. He exhibits that those fabrics needs to be thought of along the usually risky and exploitative hard work techniques that refine them into the units underlying our likely digital or immaterial practices.

A Geology of Media demonstrates that the surroundings doesn't simply encompass our media cultural world—it runs via it, allows it, and hosts it in an period of extraordinary weather swap. whereas having a look backward to Earth’s far-off prior, it additionally appears ahead to a extra expansive media theory—and, implicitly, media activism—to come.

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