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Description - Technoculture and Critical Theory by Simon Cooper

While technology allows humanity to develop more constructive ways of engaging with the world, it also extends the capacity for domination and exploitation. It enables us to realize our needs, but can also reconstruct those needs so that aspirations towards human progress realize themselves within a technocratic, antihuman paradigm - in the 'service of the machine'. Technoculture and Critical Theory theorizes the ambivalence most of us register towards technological progress. The author explores the work of major thinkers and cultural movements that have grappled with the complex relationship between technology, politics and culture. Subjects such as the Internet, cloning, warfare, fascism and Virtual Reality are placed within a broad theoretical context which explores how humanity might, through technology, establish a more ethical relationship with the world. Examining the philosophy of writers such as Heidegger, Benjamin, Lyotard, Virilio, and Zizek, and cultural movements such as Italian Futurism, this book marks a timely intervention in critical theory debates. The broad scope of the book will be of vital interest to those in the fields of philosophy, critical theory, cultural studies, politics and communications

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415261609
ISBN-10: 0415261600
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Simon Cooper

Simon Cooper is an editor of Arena journal, and teaches in Communications at Monash University

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