Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Heaviness of a Weightless Society

I found it quite telling that in his analysis of the new “weightless” economy in Theories of the Information Society, Frank Webster felt the need to remind us how the phrase “living on thin air” was “once a familiar admonition … Continue reading

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Public Opinion: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

In The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society Jürgen Habermas presents an impressive account of the rise and transformation of “public opinion” as both idea and ideology. In this dense and difficult … Continue reading

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The darker side of remediation

I found this week’s supplemental reading from Dialectic of Enlightenment to be an excellent complement to Bolter and Grusin’s Remediation. Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno’s opening observations on modern life immediately addressed one of my chief reservations about some of … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Remediation”

In Remediation: Understanding New Media, Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin explore the concepts of remediation, immediacy, and hypermediacy. Their approach is genealogical (in the Foucauldian sense) and thus focuses not on origins, but on affiliations or resonances. Indeed, the … Continue reading

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