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Life after New Media

Mediation as a Vital Process

Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska

Publication Year: 2012

An argument for a shift in understanding new media--from a fascination with devices to an examination of the complex processes of mediation.

Published by: The MIT Press

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pp. v-vi

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Epigraph: Media, Mars, and Metamorphosis (An Excerpt)

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pp. vii-x

The author Jeremy Hoyle is a former student, and at times zealous disciple, of Francis Fukuyama. His work echoes and extends the concerns Fukuyama expressed in Our Posthuman Future for the status of human nature in the era of biotechnology and for the rights of the individual in a threatened liberal democracy. ...

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pp. xi-xii

We would like to thank our colleagues at the Goldsmiths Media and Communications Department and our students on the master’s program in Digital Media, which we have been running for nearly a decade, and on the After New Media course, for offering us many provocations and challenges ...

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Introduction: New Media, Old Hat

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pp. xiii-xx

In Life after New Media, we set out to examine the current debates on “new” or “digital” media. In doing so, we want to make a case for a significant shift in the way new media is perceived and understood: from thinking about “new media” as a set of discrete objects (the computer, the cell phone, the iPod, the e-book reader) ...

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1. Mediation and the Vitality of Media

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pp. 1-28

This chapter makes a case for a shift from thinking about "new media” as a set of discrete objects to understanding media, old and new, in terms of the interlocked and dynamic processes of mediation. It also outlines what is at stake in this shift from thinking about media solely as things at our disposal to recognizing our entanglement with media ...

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2. Catastrophe “Live”

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pp. 29-70

This chapter examines two media events that are linked by the prospect of global or even cosmic catastrophe at the dawn of the twenty-first century: the credit crunch — a term widely used in the British media to describe the global financial woes originating with the US subprime mortgage crisis and encapsulating the European sovereign debt crisis in late 2000s ...

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3. Cut! The Imperative of Photographic Mediation

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pp. 71-96

As the event of mediation is, like time (or, indeed, life itself), both invisible and indivisible, any attempt at its representation must ultimately fail. In this chapter, we offer a challenge to representationalism by looking, perhaps somewhat counterintuitively, at a form of media practice that is most readily associated with representationalist ambitions: photography. ...

Interlude: I Don’t Go to the Movies

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pp. 97-100

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4. Home, Sweet Intelligent Home

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pp. 101-128

One of the key issues we aim to address in this chapter is some of the ways in which technoscientific discourses — in particular, those related to developments in ubiquitous computing which are centered on the so-called smart home — purport to represent and, at the same time, contribute to bringing about certain entities and notions. ...

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5. Sustainability, Self-Preservation, and Self-Mediation

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pp. 129-152

In the previous chapter, we argued that the technologies of Ambient Intelligence and the smart home can be described as predominantly conservative, in the sense that they reinstall and reinforce a traditional, humanist, solipsistic, and antimachinic vision of the self. When the transformation of individual subjects does take place within the remit of those technologies, ...

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6. Face-to-Facebook, or the Ethics of Mediation: From Media Ethics to an Ethics of Mediation

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pp. 153-172

To recognize that a technology or a medium has some degree of agency is not to assign autonomy to it and thus simultaneously abdicate “our human” responsibility. However, who or what counts as “the human” is undergoing a significant transformation in the new media context, as we have argued throughout the book, …

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7. Remediating Creativity: Performance, Invention, Critique Reclaiming Creativity

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pp. 173-200

The principal aim of this chapter is to reclaim creativity from many of its current contexts — predominantly those associated with Romanticism, neoliberalism, and what we may call, for short, “Deleuzianism” (although, let us make it clear right from the start, Deleuze is not our enemy here). ...

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Conclusion: Creative Media Manifesto

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pp. 201-206

As well as offering an overview of the book’s argument, our conclusion is designed as a double call: to arms and to arts. This call is aimed at intellectuals, writers, philosophers, artists, analysts, scientists, journalists, and media professionals who are prepared to say something about the media that extends beyond the conventional forms of media analysis. ...


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pp. 207-246


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pp. 247-262


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pp. 263-268

E-ISBN-13: 9780262305358
Print-ISBN-13: 9780262018197

Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2012

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  • Mass media and technology -- Social aspects.
  • Digital media -- Social aspects.
  • Social media.
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