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Heidegger and the Media


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1 We Need to Talk About Media

2 Mediated Truth

3 In Media Res

4 The Dasign of Media Apps: The Questions Concerning New Technologies


About the Author

David Gunkel is professor of communication at Northern IllinoisUniversity. He is the managing editor of the InternationalJournal of Zizek Studies'. Paul A. Taylor is associate professor in the Institute ofCommunication Studies at the University of Leeds.His previouspublications include Zizek and the Media (Polity, 2011). Heis the General Editor of the 'International Journal of ZizekStudies' and Editorial Board Member of the 'International Journalof Baudrillard Studies', 'Fast Capitalism' and the 'InternationalJournal of Badiou Studies'.


"At last, a long overdue account of Heidegger's profound relevancefor understanding contemporary media. Gunkel and Taylor shedpowerful light onto the philosophical corners of media and culturalstudies that more timid scholars have stubbornly failed to reach.Neither Heidegger studies nor media studies will remain the sameafter the impact of this immensely engaging theoretical tour deforce!" Slavoj ?i?ek "Gunkel and Taylor reveal an unacknowledged dimension ofHeidegger s media theory which contradicts the predominantunderstanding of his work. They argue that there is something to befound in Heidegger s thought which prevents one fromsuccumbing to a widespread illusion the illusion of theneutrality of technique, what McLuhan later called 'the currentsomnambulism'. Thus, a profoundly productive, critical dimension inHeidegger s theory becomes accessible which stands in harshopposition to the 'somnambulism' that this philosopher himselfperformed in his utterly problematic personal, ideologicalexistence. Gunkel and Taylor perspicuously show how Heidegger couldhave done better, had he more carefully listened to his ownfindings. And we? We definitely can: under the condition that wedo." Robert Pfaller, International Director of the Birkbeck Institutefor the Humanities

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