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Kittler and the Media

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With books such as Discourse Networks and Gramophone, Film, Typewriter and the collection Literature, Media, Information Systems, Friedrich Kittler has established himself as one of the world's most influential media theorists. He is also one of the most controversial and misunderstood. Kittler and the Media offers students of media theory an introduction to Kittler's basi ...more
Paperback, 165 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Polity Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 24, 2015 Roger Whitson rated it it was amazing
Winthrop-Young's book on Kittler is a clear introduction to a brilliant yet also obtuse and opaque figure. Each chapter of the book covers a portion of Kittler's career and is preceded by an analysis of a central text applicable to that part of Kittler's life: Discourse Networks 1800/1900 is typified by Goethe's "Wanderer's Nightsong," his work on analogue and digital media characterized by Pink Floyd's song "Brain Damage," and his elliptical reach back to Greek Kulturtechniken distilled through ...more
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A decent enough introduction to the prickly German theorist. Winthrop-Young balances praise and criticism, and his focus extends from Kittler's early work to later explorations.
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