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Digital Matters : The Theory and Culture of the Matrix - Paul Taylor

Digital Matters

The Theory and Culture of the Matrix

Hardcover Published: 27th October 2005
ISBN: 9780415251846
Number Of Pages: 210

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Analyzing the complex interaction between the material and immaterial aspects of new digital technologies, this book draws upon a mix of theoretical approaches (including sociology, media theory, cultural studies and technological philosophy), to suggest that the 'Matrix' of science fiction and Hollywood is simply an extreme example of how contemporary technological society enframes and conditions its citizens. Arranged in two parts, the book covers:

  • theorizing the Im/Material Matrix

  • living in the Digital Matrix.

Providing a novel perspective on on-going digital developments by using both the work of current thinkers and that of past theorists not normally associated with digital issues, it gives a fresh insight into the roots and causes of the social matrix behind the digital one of popular imagination. The authors highlight the way we should be concerned by the power of the digital to undermine physical reality, but also explore the potential the digital has for alternative, empowering social uses.

The book's central point is to impress upon the reader that the digital does indeed matter. It includes a pessimistic interpretation of technological change, and adds a substantial historical perspective to the often excessively topical focus of much existing cyberstudies literature making it an important volume for students and researchers in this field.

Preface Digital matters Introduction the im/materiality of digital matters
Theorizing the im/material matrix: technics triumphant
Jacques Ellul's La Technique
Martin Heidegger and enframement
Friedrich Kittler Network 2000?
The commodified media matrix
Living in the digital matrix: the cultural perspective
Urban matrix matters
Social matters in the matrix
Cyberspatial Matrix matters
Rewiring the matrix Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780415251846
ISBN-10: 0415251842
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 27th October 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 17.78  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1