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Poised between hope and despair for a humanity facing an urgent communication crisis, this work by Vilém Flusser forecasts either the first truly human, infinitely creative society in history or a society of unbearable, oppressive sameness, locked in a pattern it cannot change. First published in German in 1985 and now available in English for the first time, Into the Universe of Technical Images outlines the history of communication technology as a process of increasing abstraction.

Flusser charts how communication evolved from direct interaction with the world to mediation through various technologies. The invention of writing marked one significant shift; the invention of photography marked another, heralding the current age of the technical image. The automation of the processing of technical images carries both promise and threat: the promise of freeing humans to play and invent and the threat for networks of automation to proceed independently of humans.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. An Introduction to Vilém Flusser’s Into the Universe of Technical Images and Does Writing Have a Future?
  2. pp. ix-xxvii
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  1. Into the Universe of Technical Images
  2. pp. 1-1
  1. Warning
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. To Abstract
  2. pp. 5-10
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  1. To Imagine
  2. pp. 11-13
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  1. To Make Concrete
  2. pp. 15-22
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  1. To Touch
  2. pp. 23-32
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  1. To Envision
  2. pp. 33-39
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  1. To Signify
  2. pp. 41-50
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  1. To Interact
  2. pp. 51-60
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  1. To Scatter
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. To Instruct
  2. pp. 69-77
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  1. To Discuss
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. To Play
  2. pp. 87-94
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  1. To Create
  2. pp. 95-104
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  1. To Prepare
  2. pp. 105-114
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  1. To Decide
  2. pp. 115-122
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  1. To Govern
  2. pp. 123-130
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  1. To Shrink
  2. pp. 131-139
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  1. To Suffer
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. To Celebrate
  2. pp. 149-157
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  1. Chamber Music
  2. pp. 159-167
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  1. Summary
  2. pp. 169-173
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  1. Translator’s Afterword and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 175-177
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  1. Translator’s Notes
  2. pp. 179-181
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 183-192
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816676965
Related ISBN
9780816670215
MARC Record
OCLC
711004310
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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