In search of lost time. The hijacking of history in cyberculture and the challenges of media theory

  • Erick Felinto Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Keywords: media history, cyberculture, German theories

Abstract

Contemporary technological narratives are founded on a rhetoric of radical rupture with the past and absolute newness. In cyberculture, the cult of the new corresponds to a kidnapping of the past, which prevents an adequate perception of the contradictions and heterogeneous fluxes that traverse the dynamics of technology. In light of this situation, the goal of this work is to discuss the importance of recuperating history in recent media theories, especially within its manifestations in the German context. It purports to discuss the ideas of Siegfried Zielinski and Friedrich Kittler – two of the most important (and polemical) German media scholars – in search of elements that might restore history as a fundamental dimension for a reflection on media.

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Author Biography

Erick Felinto, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Pesquisador do CNPq, autor de "A Religião das Máquinas: Ensaios sobre o Imaginário da Cibercultura" (Sulina, 2005) e professor adjunto na Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Published
2011-12-15
How to Cite
Felinto, E. (2011). In search of lost time. The hijacking of history in cyberculture and the challenges of media theory. MATRIZes, 4(2), 43-55. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v4i2p43-55
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