Geoghegan: Untimely Mediations (Book Review)

Recently, our group member Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan, media theorist and historian of technology at the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, published a review of Bernhard Siegert’s Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors and Other Articulations of the Real and Florian Sprenger’s Medien des Immediaten: Elektrizität, Telegraphie, McLuhan for the literary journal Paragraph.

In addition to the interview about Siegert’s new book of essays that we conducted with Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, we thought it would be nice to refer to this review here as well. Here is the first paragraph. To read the rest, go to Bernard’s website:

Untimely Mediations: On Two Recent Contributions to ‘German Media Theory’

by Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan

“The recent hype over media archaeology — an anti-hermeneutic approach to media history that prioritizes the role of instruments, techniques and machines in producing cultural logics — across the United Kingdom and the United States may justifiably be regarded with trepidation by those germanophone scholars most closely identified with the term.(1) For while this turn in the academic spotlight confers much deserved recognition, such celebrated institutionalizations of an intellectual movement often scrub away the history, context and perversions that lent such methods their initial appeal. In the case of the reception of continental thought within the United States and Great Britain, self-appointed arbiters of theoretical taste often dismiss such delays as evidence of the conservative or belated character of anglophone intellectual interests, as though only ideas already dead could be entombed within the theoretical pantheon.”

Continue reading on Bernhard’s website.

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