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The Poetics of Digital Media

Paperback / softback By Paul Frosh
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Media are poetic forces. They produce and reveal worlds, representing them to our senses and connecting them to our lives. While the poetic powers of media are perceptual, symbolic, social and technical, they are also profoundly moral and existential. They matter for how we reflect upon and act in a shared, everyday world of finite human existence.

The Poetics of Digital Media explores the poetic work of media in digital culture. Developing an argument through close readings of overlooked or denigrated media objects – screenshots, tagging, selfies and more – the book reveals how media shape the taken-for-granted structures of our lives, and how they disclose our world through sudden moments of visibility and tangibility. Bringing us face to face with the conditions of our existence, it investigates how the ‘given’ world we inhabit is given through media.

This book is important reading for students and scholars of media theory, philosophy of media, visual culture and media aesthetics.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 224 pages Language: English
Dimension: 137 x 23 x 216mm ISBN10: 0745651321
Weight: 318g ISBN13: 9780745651323
Publication Date: 09 Nov 2018 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Paul Frosh is Professor of Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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‘The Poetics of Digital Media is a ground-breaking contribution to the study of digital media as a technological, social and symbolic environment. It will be a key point of reference in the study of digital culture for years to come.

'Lilie Chouliaraki, London School of Economics and Political Science‘When I find myself puzzled by some weird thing in digital visual culture, Paul Frosh is my go-to thinker. This book counters the wide suspicion that poetics is formalist or frivolous and shows how the deepest questions of justice, ethics and the public world are poetic ones. It is a guide for the perplexed in these digital times.

’John Durham Peters, Yale University'Paul Frosh tackles a huge subject—what is actually happening when information is spread through media—and the result is about as thorough as one could hope for in a single volume. While his ideas require careful reading, they are presented in an engrossing way, and the breadth of knowledge he draws on to shape them is astonishing.

'Greg Niedt, Drexel University"This book will be essential to anyone interested in media, technology, and data."Communication Booknotes Quarterly


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