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By Lauren Rabinovitz,Abraham Geil,Laura Rigal,David Depew

Digital tradition is frequently characterised as appreciably breaking with previous applied sciences, practices, and ideologies instead of as reflecting or incorporating them. Memory Bytes seeks to counter such ahistoricism, arguing for the necessity to comprehend electronic culture—and its social, political, and moral ramifications—in ancient and philosophical context. taking a look at a extensive variety of applied sciences, together with images, print and electronic media, warmth engines, stereographs, and scientific imaging, the individuals current a couple of assorted views from which to mirror at the nature of media switch. whereas foregrounding the demanding situations of drawing comparisons throughout different media and eras, Memory Bytes explores how applied sciences were built-in into society at diversified moments in time.

These essays from students within the social sciences and arts hide subject matters with regards to technology and medication, politics and warfare, mass verbal exchange, philosophy, movie, images, and paintings. even if describing how the cultural and criminal conflicts over participant piano rolls prefigured controversies over the highbrow estate prestige of electronic applied sciences comparable to mp3 documents; evaluating the studies of gazing QuickTime video clips to Joseph Cornell’s “boxed relic” sculptures of the Nineteen Thirties and Forties; or calling for a serious historical past of electrical energy from the Enlightenment to the current, Memory Bytes investigates the interaction of expertise and tradition. It relates the knowledge Age to greater and older political and cultural phenomena, analyzes how sensory results were technologically produced over the years, considers how human subjectivity has been formed via machines, and emphasizes the dependence of specific applied sciences at the fabric situations in which they have been constructed and used.

Contributors. Judith Babbitts, Scott Curtis, Ronald E. Day, David Depew, Abraham Geil, Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi, Lisa Gitelman, N. Katherine Hayles, John Durham Peters, Lauren Rabinovitz, Laura Rigal, Vivian Sobchack, Thomas Swiss

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