An Introduction to Vilem Flusser's Into the Universe of
Technical Images and Does Writing Have a Future?
Into the Universe of Technical Images
To Make Concrete
Translator's Afterword and Acknowledgments
Vilem Flusser (1920-1991) was born in Prague; emigrated to Brazil, where he taught philosophy and wrote a daily newspaper colum; and later moved to France. Among his many books that have been translated into English are The Shape of Things, Towards a Philosophy of Photography, The Freedom of the Migrant, and Writings (Minnesota, 2004). Nancy Ann Roth is an arts writer and critic based in the United Kingdom. Mark Poster is professor of history at University of California, Irvine.
"Vilem Flusser's flashes of brilliant insight, his intuitions
about the psychology of gadgets and convergences, his deeply
well-read and philosophically grounded investigations of
wide-ranging consequences of a new literacy, are widely admired and
deserve an Anglophone audience. Into the Universe of Technical
Images and Does Writing Have a Future? are of the first
rank in the canon of new media studies and digital culture." -Peter
Krapp, author of Deja Vu: Aberrations of Cultural
"Perhaps a turn to Flusser will change the disregard for media that so characterizes the cultural theory of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. For Flusser, however flamboyant and polemical his writing at times is, thought deeply about the emergence of electronic media and its implications for not only Western but truly global culture." -Mark Poster, from the Introduction