While formally aligned to the discipline of media and communications, and working in universities across the UK, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, and now based at Gold-smiths University of London, Sean Cubitt has never been a conformist. Eclectic in his intellectual tastes, Cubitt has roamed with seeming comfort across cultural studies, post-colonial theory, media arts, and film studies. This kind of disciplinary curiosity is also on display in Finite Media: Environmental Implications of Digital Technologies, a book that as much as anything is an exercise in transdisciplinary experimentation even as it focuses on the conceptual question of how to think media environmentally and the political problem of how to live with the consequences of mediation predicated on resource extraction.

Three decades of media-theoretical research and art practice on technologically constituted worlds have now, at least conceptually, rendered obsolete the distinction between culture and...

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