Posts Tagged ‘ Kittler – Kittler’s History of Communication Media

One practical problem is that communications technologies themselves are documented to a far lesser extent or are far less accessible than their contents vide the manner in which the intelligence services have remained, despite their frequently decisive role in wars to quote the last head of the Wehrmacht intelligence service, “the Cinderella of military-historical research” 1


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Friedrich Kittler’s Technosublime – Bruce Clarke

My point is that the multiplicity of the concept of “media” extends beyond its particular technological instantiations to include both scientific and spiritualistic registers. A history of media could concern itself as well with the luminiferous ether and the Anima Mundi, the subtle fluids and strange angels that intermingled with the departed souls and trick shots of phonography and cinema; but for the most part, Kittler displaces this business to premodernist media.

via Friedrich Kittler’s Technosublime – Bruce Clarke.

“Arts of Transmission” conference examines relationships among ideas and cultures of communication

In the category “wish I had been there”:

The “Arts of Transmission” is an interdisciplinary conference, in conjunction with a special issue of Critical Inquiry, that calls together experts from a range of fields to examine relationships among ideas and cultures of communication, past and present. This discussion conference takes (took) place on Friday and Saturday, May 21-22 in the Swift Hall 3rd Floor Lecture Room at 1025 East 58th Street on the University of Chicago campus.

Participants include Ann Blair, Roger Chartier, Lorraine Daston, Elena Esposito, Peter Galison, John Guillory, Friedrich Kittler, Alan Liu, David and Judith MacDougall, Gregory Nagy, Mary Poovey, and Janice Radway. Conference panels address these topics: Forms and Media, Writing and Memory, Universal Languages, Institutions and Impediments, and Transmitting Arts.

See the archive here:

via “Arts of Transmission” conference examines relationships among ideas and cultures of communication.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? The Atlantic

“You are right,” Nietzsche replied, “our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts.” Under the sway of the machine, writes the German media scholar Friedrich A. Kittler , Nietzsche’s prose “changed from arguments to aphorisms, from thoughts to puns, from rhetoric to telegram style.”

via Is Google Making Us Stupid? – Nicolas Carr- The Atlantic.