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Virtual dialectics and technological aesthetics

Virtual dialectics and technological aesthetics
Virtual dialectics and technological aesthetics
Technology has in general been seen as opposed to humanity: its object, even its enemy. The Grundrisse suggests however that technology can be understood as the actualised form of accumulated social knowledge. This actual form can then be understood from the standpoint of a dialectic in which the actual is capable of action only if it can convert its actuality into virtuality, that is to free itself for a future other than its actual present. Critical to this political project is work at the aesthetic level of media and communications technologies
1743-2197
133-154
Cubitt, Sean
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Cubitt, Sean
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Cubitt, Sean (2008) Virtual dialectics and technological aesthetics. Cultural Politics, 4 (2), 133-154. (doi:10.2752/175174308X310802).

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Technology has in general been seen as opposed to humanity: its object, even its enemy. The Grundrisse suggests however that technology can be understood as the actualised form of accumulated social knowledge. This actual form can then be understood from the standpoint of a dialectic in which the actual is capable of action only if it can convert its actuality into virtuality, that is to free itself for a future other than its actual present. Critical to this political project is work at the aesthetic level of media and communications technologies

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Published date: July 2008

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Local EPrints ID: 179747
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/179747
ISSN: 1743-2197
PURE UUID: 4c6dab86-ccf5-462e-abff-d6a4f1f424c5

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