Critical Theory of Digital Media
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Recalling the phenomenological and Hegelian bases of the critique of misplaced concreteness, and supplementing these by the contribution of Gregory Bateson, it is possible to say that a contemporary critique of digital media cannot appeal to an irrevocable concreteness nor finally defeat abstraction. Since the digital media complex is characterized by temporal decay, transversality, and singularity, a new departure for a critical theory of digital media must centre on the cultural unconscious (non-dominant translations) and the limit, or edge, of the cultural complex.
KeywordsCritical theory Phenomenology Digital media Cultural studies Bateson Technology studies
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