Finite Media: Environmental Implications of Digital Technologies
Ecological Communication as Politics
The fourth chapter reiterates a principle derived in chapter 3, that ecological communication is both the means and the goal of ecological politics. It describes the difficulty of constructing a future politics in which humans, environments, and technologies are equally engaged, by clarifying the excluded status of, among others, indigenous peoples and migrants from the public administration of the state. Against the denial of shame that typifies the corporate cyborg, it argues that shame is intrinsic to any future politics capable of addressing the immense suffering of people and planet, and the ancestral prisons of dead labor. It defines the agent of eco-aesthetic politics as the necessarily melancholic subject who alone might be capable of constructing a future in which one might be once again able to connect across phyla. It returns in concluding to The Story of the Kelly Gang, the damaged 1906 film with which the book opened, as exemplary of the kind of politics possible when the vices of exclusion, externality, cyborg capital, integral waste, and the mode of destruction are overcome in acts of cocreation.