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By Marcel O'Gorman

In Necromedia, media activist Marcel O’Gorman takes goal at “the collusion of dying and technology,” drawing on a vast arsenal that levels from posthumanist philosophy and social psychology to electronic paintings and home made “objects-to-think-with.” all through, O’Gorman mixes philosophical hypothesis with inventive construction, own memoir, and existential dread. he's not a lot arguing opposed to technoculture as documenting a fight to embody the technical essence of individual with out allowing expertise worshippers to have the ultimate on what it ability to be human.

Inspired partially via the paintings of cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker, O’Gorman starts off by way of suggesting that know-how presents humans with a cultural hero process equipped at the denial of demise and a fake promise of immortality. This concept provides an existential zest to the ebook, permitting the writer not just to plot an artistic analysis of what Bernard Stiegler has known as the malaise of latest technoculture but in addition to give a contribution a possible therapy—one that calls for embracing human finitude, infusing care into the method of technological creation, and spotting the vulnerability of all issues, human and nonhuman. With this target in brain, Necromedia prescribes new learn practices within the humanities that contain either written paintings and the production of objects-to-think-with which are designed to infiltrate and form the technoculture that surrounds us.

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After all, the curling iron is just an inanimate object. It has no intentions, no consciousness, and certainly no ill will toward the aging porn star. Then again, people can become attached to technological objects, or they can at least treat them as though they are vital and vulnerable entities deserving of recognition, much like pets. People whisper sweet nothings to their high-­ performance sports cars or plead for mercy from their stalling clunkers. We . 37 yell at our computers for not cooperating, and coax them gently into performing tasks for us.

I must have looked professorial enough to convince them. But this was only after a rough grilling in which I was informed that recording the tunnel property, and especially taking images of guards, could be considered a felony in the United States and could place someone under suspicion of terrorism. What I didn’t tell them is that I was aware of this, but I viewed it as a ridiculous limitation of my human rights. I kept my mouth shut and obeyed their orders to erase all of the footage from my tape.

This is the terror: to be in the presence of other human beings who do not acknowledge you as human at all. S. ” One possible countertactic against this daily loss of power, of culture, of humanity is to transform it into a spectacle, feed it back into culture, back to the “we,” as a sort of testimony, a bearing witness. I began this countertactic by recording my daily passage through the Detroit-­ Windsor Tunnel on a first-­generation iPod rigged with a microphone, tucked under my sun visor. Each day, when I emerged unscathed from the customs area, I felt a sense of accomplishment, a creative rush.

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