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Cultural Politics (2016) 12 (3): 310–331.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Shannon Mattern For millennia, mud and its geologic analogues have bound together our media, urban, architectural, and environmental histories. Some of the first writing surfaces, clay and stone, were the same materials used to construct ancient city walls and buildings, whose facades also...
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Cultural Politics (2009) 5 (1): 27–62.
Published: 01 March 2009
...: cultural politics ; cultural media histories ; the emotional excess ( jouissance, petit à ) of cultural politics; and the deep play mode of aesthetic judgement formed between the practical and ethical, between political economy and expressive art (including political drama), and between individual self...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (2): 227–249.
Published: 01 July 2017
...Liam Cole Young The work of Harold Adams Innis offers important contributions to the recent “infrastructural” turn in media, communication, and cultural studies. While Innis’s late communication studies texts are widely read, few outside Canada engage with his earlier economic histories...
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Cultural Politics (2014) 10 (3): 333–353.
Published: 01 November 2014
... transformations. Taken together, these arguments point toward a broader transformation in the history of thought that is developed across Deleuze’s work, but also raise a number of problems. This essay will critique and rearticulate the terms of Deleuze’s media philosophy in relation to work by Paul Virilio...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (2): 202–226.
Published: 01 July 2017
...Emma Baulch Noting the increasing tendency of Indonesian pop performers to organize and agitate politically, the article aims to locate these celebrity politics in a history of media change, and to explore their implications for lower-class collective organizing. Through a discussion of two pop...
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Cultural Politics (2014) 10 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 March 2014
...William Merrin Though digital “gadgets” have become one of the most important sectors of consumer electronics, the concept itself has been largely overlooked. This article traces the history of the gadget from its nineteenth-century origins as a placeholding name to its use for a class of technical...
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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (2): 210–221.
Published: 01 July 2015
... of infinite depth and a sense of absolute freedom obscures the truth of solipsistic self-reflection and enclosure. It explores this idea through reference to Virilio’s concept of the “squared horizon” and a short history of screen culture that commences with Plato’s myth of the cave, where perceptions...
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Cultural Politics (2012) 8 (1): 97–119.
Published: 01 March 2012
... of these later forms. The essay traces the history of the Raindance Corporation and then considers Shamberg's media-ecological critique of broadcasting and defense of democratized video making, his later attempts at mainstream production, and his contemporary views on the rise of YouTube. It argues...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (1): 81–100.
Published: 01 March 2017
.... The authors focus on the linguistic contours of graphical representation and display by providing a brief media archaeology of contemporary Internet language, upsetting its separation into generational stages, and therefore a linear progression of its history. At the same time, the authors argue...
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Cultural Politics (2012) 8 (3): 413–427.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Friedrich Kittler Friedrich Kittler's lecture, given in 2007 as part of the series of Mosse-Lectures, follows the recursions of Homer's Odyssey from its original transcription, coinciding with the invention of the Greek alphabet, through history. The stages of this include Virgil's Aeneid , Dante...
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Cultural Politics (2021) 17 (3): 255–278.
Published: 01 November 2021
... via the amateur “produsage” made possible by a serpentine pipeline of digital-cultural interactivity and networked internet platforms. This is not to say, of course, that any QAnon participant is versed in the history of esoteric writing, only that QAnon as a discourse appears to rely heavily...
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Cultural Politics (2014) 10 (3): 415–419.
Published: 01 November 2014
... and designers understand the current technological application culture. An earlier version was available much earlier online and is now published in printed form in Bloomsbury’s International Texts in Critical Media Aesthetics series. As a nod toward material and media history, the book borrows its name from...
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Cultural Politics (2016) 12 (3): 279–292.
Published: 01 November 2016
... of an intellectual history of the emergence of new disciplinary attachments and as a methodology, he writes: Much like crew members of British ships of the line in the seventeenth century who deserted their ships only to board them again as pirates, media analysis deserted literary studies to board them again...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (2): 259–262.
Published: 01 July 2017
..., genealogical approach to media history. In the past few years, though, a series of newly translated collections and monographs have exposed anglophone readers to the alternate theoretical positions that have been brewing in Germany since its canonical works of media theory were first translated. These include...
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Cultural Politics (2016) 12 (3): 293–309.
Published: 01 November 2016
... of thermal management play a role in the history of geological media and prompt consideration of differentially subjugated bodies alongside fossils, dirt, and elements. Let us start where so much of geology does: with the minerals embedded in the earth’s crust. Copper and silicon, as Jennifer Gabrys...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (1): 19–33.
Published: 01 March 2017
... Telephone’s Female Switchboard Operators as a Noise Source .” Media History 21 ( 3 ): 313 – 27 , doi: 10.1080/13688804.2015.1045468 . de Duve Thierry . 1989 . Au nom de l’art: Pour une archéologie de la modernité . Paris : Editions de Minuit . Derrida Jacques . 1995 . Archive...
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Cultural Politics (2021) 17 (3): 333–346.
Published: 01 November 2021
... . “ Benn's Poetry—A Hit in the Charts .” SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism 19 , no. 1 : 5 – 20 . Kittler Friedrich . 1996 . “ The History of Communication Media .” In “Global Algorithm.” Special issue, CTHEORY , July 30 . journals.uvic.ca/index.php/ctheory/article/view...
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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (3): 361–375.
Published: 01 November 2015
... to be the motor, the determining base of media history. Wars are “in truth and fact the historical a priori” (2002: 56) of modern media, hence “the unwritten history of technical norms is a history of war” (1998: 256). If war determines media, and media, in turn, “determine our situation” (1999: xxxix), war...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2017
... beyond all human thresholds. Kittler argues that the resulting ability to subvert and simulate human perception is the very definition of technical media. History’s first such time manipulation technology was, of course, writing, especially in the shape of an alphabet that assigns a spatial position...
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Cultural Politics (2010) 6 (3): 331–356.
Published: 01 November 2010
... commercially viable content, leads inevitably to inequality of voice, with certain (spectacle-oriented) voices dominating. Based on this critical political economy reading, we are seeing the repetition and extension of corporate media history: the incorporation or marginalization of seemingly independent...