Critical Terms for Media Studies

Paperback | March 15, 2010

EditorW. J. T. Mitchell, Mark B. N. Hansen

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Communications, philosophy, film and video, digital culture: media studies straddles an astounding array of fields and disciplines and produces a vocabulary that is in equal parts rigorous and intuitive. Critical Terms for Media Studies defines, and at times, redefines, what this new and hybrid area aims to do, illuminating the key concepts behind its liveliest debates and most dynamic topics.

Part of a larger conversation that engages culture, technology, and politics, this exciting collection of essays explores our most critical language for dealing with the qualities and modes of contemporary media. Edited by two outstanding scholars in the field, W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen, the volume features works by a team of distinguished contributors. These essays, commissioned expressly for this volume, are organized into three interrelated groups: “Aesthetics” engages with terms that describe sensory experiences and judgments, “Technology” offers entry into a broad array of technological concepts, and “Society” opens up language describing the systems that allow a medium to function.

A compelling reference work for the twenty-first century and the media that form our experience within it, Critical Terms for Media Studies will engage and deepen any reader’s knowledge of one of our most important new fields.

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Communications, philosophy, film and video, digital culture: media studies straddles an astounding array of fields and disciplines and produces a vocabulary that is in equal parts rigorous and intuitive. Critical Terms for Media Studies defines, and at times, redefines, what this new and hybrid area aims to do, illuminating the key con...

W. J. T. Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. He is the author or editor of nine books published by the University of Chicago Press, including What Do Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen

Aesthetics

1. Art Johanna Drucker

2. Body Bernadette Wegenstein

3. Image W. J. T. Mitchell

4. Materiality Bill Brown

5. Memory Bernard Stiegler, with an introduction by Mark B. N. Hansen

6. Senses Caroline Jones

7. Time and Space W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen

Technology

8. Biomedia Eugene Thacker

9. Communication Bruce Clarke

10. Cybernetics N. Katherine Hayles

11. Information Bruce Clarke

12. New Media Mark B. N. Hansen

13. Hardware/Software/Wetware Geoffrey Winthrop-Young

14. Technology John Johnston

Society

15. Exchange David Graeber

16. Language Cary Wolfe

17. Law Peter Goodrich

18. Mass Media John Durham Peters

19. Networks Alexander R. Galloway

20. Systems David Wellbery

21. Writing Lydia H. Liu

Contributors

Index

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“Critical Terms for Media Studies offers not simply a collection of critical terms, but a paradigm-shifting rethinking of the field itself. It represents an extremely important approach to media in the twenty-first century, one that will become increasingly relevant as the ubiquity of new media and new technologies make the questions it raises more and more pressing. The book is a definitive and defining statement about the future shape and direction of media studies.”