New Media, Cultural Studies, and Critical Theory after Postmodernism: Automodernity from Zizek to…

Hardcover | November 15, 2009

byRobert Samuels

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This book argues that we have moved into a new cultural period, automodernity, which represents a social, psychological, and technological reaction to postmodernity. In fact, by showing how individual autonomy is now being generated through technological and cultural automation, Samuels posits that we must rethink modernity and postmodernity. Part of this rethinking entails stressing how the progressive political aspects of postmodernism need to be separated from the aesthetic consumption of differences in automoderntiy. Choosing culturally relevant studies of The Matrix, Grand Theft Auto, Eminem and Jurassic Park, he interprets these medias through the lens of eminent theorists like Slavoj Zizek, Frederic Jameson, and Henry Jenkins. Ultimately, he argues that what defines postmodernity is the stress on social construction, secular humanism, and progressive social movements that challenge the universality and neutrality of modern reason.

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This book argues that we have moved into a new cultural period, automodernity, which represents a social, psychological, and technological reaction to postmodernity. In fact, by showing how individual autonomy is now being generated through technological and cultural automation, Samuels posits that we must rethink modernity and postmod...

Robert Samuels is President of the University of California, American Federation of Teachers faculty union, and a Lecturer in the Writing Programs at UCLA. He is the author of several books including Integrating Hypertextual Subject: Computers, Composition, and Academic Labor and Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.59 × 6.26 × 0.76 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619819

ISBN - 13:9780230619814

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Table of Contents

Auto-Modernity: Autonomy and Automation after Postmodernity * Henry Jenkins: Cultural Studies, New Media and the Ends of the Modern University * After Frederic Jameson: A Practical Critique of Pure Theory and Postmodernity * The Political without Politics: Slavoj Zizek and the Psychoanalysis of Automodernity * On the Psychopathology of the New Right: From Jurassic Park to the Gendered Culture Wars * The Automodern University: The Universal Individual and the Backlash Against Social Discourse * Grand Theft Automodernity: Globalizing Individualism and Cultural Nihilism from Eminem to The Matrix * Postmodern Education and Social Ethics after Automodernity * Taking Back the Automodern University: Postmodern Progressive Social Movements and the Academic Class System * Beyond The Zizek-Laclau Debate: Coalition Politics and Academic Theory after Obama

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“Earnest, relentless, and frequently compelling, Samuels offers a sobering analysis of some of the ways that cultural studies, new media, and the university itself have failed our hopes for democracy. You won't agree with everything in this book, but you'll pop onto his blog to argue with him about it.”--Marc Bousquet, Author of How The University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation