Technology and Cultural Form: A Liquid Reader

Zylinska, Joanna, ed. 2010. Technology and Cultural Form: A Liquid Reader. Open Humanities Press. [Edited Book]

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This is a ‘liquid reader’, which presents a series of texts that interrogate the notion of ‘technology’ as a specific cultural form. Originally devised as a reader for a course on the MA Digital Media at Goldsmiths, University of London, titled 'Technology and Cultural Form: Debates, Models, Dialogues', by the course tutor Dr Joanna Zylinska in collaboration with her students, this reader is now being made available to the international academic community on an open access, open content and open editing basis. To find out more about how this reader has been put together, read the project description. Key readings for Goldsmiths students are HIGHLIGHTED IN GREEN - just click on the title to read the appropriate text.

The reader as such does not host any texts: instead, it makes use of open Internet data by providing links to the already available external resources. (Many texts are available under the Creative Commons and fair use licenses. However, the open, liquid nature of the reader - and of the Internet itself - does not allow us to constantly control all the links. Please notify us should you wish for any of the links to be removed.)

The reader is divided into three parts. The first part focuses on questions of power, politics and networks. In the context of the relation between technology and power, it looks at issues of surveillance, control and globalisation. The second part explores questions of human and non-human becoming with, or by means of, technology. It looks at Foucault’s notion of technologies of the self and at the more recent work on posthumanism and bioethics. The third part of the reader highlights a more creative engagement with technology. They key opposition that is being tested and contested there is that between ‘media theory’ and ‘media practice’.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies



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26 Oct 2015 11:52

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27 Jun 2017 15:13


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