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A geology of media.

Author: Jussi Parikka
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press 2015.
Series: Electronic mediations, 46.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Media history is millions, even billions, of years old. That is the premise of this pioneering and provocative book, which argues that to adequately understand contemporary media culture we must set out from material realities that precede media themselves—Earth’s history, geological formations, minerals, and energy. And to do so, writes Jussi Parikka, is to confront the profound environmental and social  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jussi Parikka
ISBN: 9780816695515 0816695512
OCLC Number: 917365629
Description: 224 pages.
Contents: ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgments1. Materiality: Grounds of Media and Culture2. An Alternative Deep Time of the Media3. Psychogeophysics of Technology4. Dust and the Exhausted Life5. Fossil FuturesAfterword: So-Called NatureAppendix. Zombie Media: Circuit Bending Media Archaeology into an Art MethodGarnet Hertz and Jussi ParikkaNotesIndex
Series Title: Electronic mediations, 46.
Responsibility: Jussi Parikka.

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Media history is millions, even billions, of years old. That is the premise of this pioneering and provocative book, which argues that to adequately understand contemporary media culture we must set out from material realities that precede media themselves—Earth’s history, geological formations, minerals, and energy. And to do so, writes Jussi Parikka, is to confront the profound environmental and social implications of this ubiquitous, but hardly ephemeral, realm of modern life.0Exploring the resource depletion and material resourcing required for us to use our devices to live networked lives, Parikka grounds his analysis in Siegfried Zielinski’s widely discussed notion of deep time—but takes it back millennia. Not only are rare earth minerals and many other materials needed to make our digital media machines work, he observes, but used and obsolete media technologies return to the earth as residue of digital culture, contributing to growing layers of toxic waste for future archaeologists to ponder. Parikka shows that these materials must be considered alongside the often dangerous and exploitative labor processes that refine them into the devices underlying our seemingly virtual or immaterial practices.0'A Geology of Media' demonstrates that the environment does not just surround our media cultural world—it runs through it, enables it, and hosts it in an era of unprecedented climate change. While looking backward to Earth’s distant past, it also looks forward to a more expansive media theory—and, implicitly, media activism.

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"A powerful, illuminating, passionate book rewriting the history and future of media from a much needed materialist perspective."-Theory, Culture & Society"Parikka prods us to think big, to get past Read more...

 
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