A Geology of Media (Electronic Mediations) by Jussi Parikka PDF

By Jussi Parikka

ISBN-10: 0816695512

ISBN-13: 9780816695515

ISBN-10: 0816695520

ISBN-13: 9780816695522

Media background is thousands, even billions, of years previous. that's the premise of this pioneering and provocative ebook, which argues that to thoroughly comprehend modern media tradition we needs to set out from fabric realities that precede media themselves—Earth’s heritage, geological formations, minerals, and effort. And to take action, writes Jussi Parikka, is to confront the profound environmental and social implications of this ubiquitous, yet not often ephemeral, realm of modern day life.

Exploring the source depletion and fabric resourcing required for us to take advantage of our units to dwell networked lives, Parikka grounds his research in Siegfried Zielinski’s commonly mentioned thought of deep time—but takes it again millennia. not just are infrequent earth minerals and plenty of different fabrics had to make our electronic media machines paintings, he observes, yet used and out of date media applied sciences go back to the earth as residue of electronic tradition, contributing to transforming into layers of poisonous waste for destiny archaeologists to think about. He indicates that those fabrics has to be thought of along the customarily risky and exploitative exertions procedures that refine them into the units underlying our doubtless digital or immaterial practices.

A Geology of Media demonstrates that the surroundings doesn't simply encompass our media cultural world—it runs via it, permits it, and hosts it in an period of extraordinary weather swap. whereas having a look backward to Earth’s far-off earlier, it additionally seems ahead to a extra expansive media theory—and, implicitly, media activism—to come.

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