Embodying Technesis: Technology beyond Writing (Studies in by Mark B.N. Hansen

By Mark B.N. Hansen

Critics of up to date tradition have argued that severe conception needs to hold speed with technological swap and, within the strategy, have instituted a theoretical version that restricts attention of technology's influence on human event to these dimensions that may be captured in language. during this wide-ranging severe research of poststructuralism's legacy to modern cultural stories, Mark Hansen demanding situations the hegemony of this version, contending that applied sciences essentially regulate our sensory event and tremendously impact what it capacity to reside as embodied human agents.Embodying Technesis examines how technological adjustments have rendered out of date notions of know-how as desktop and as textual content. Voicing a sustained plea for rethinking the technological, Hansen argues that radical technological changes--from the steam engine to the net and digital reality--have essentially altered stipulations of belief and, in so doing, replaced the present buildings of contemporary event. through emphasizing the dynamic interplay among applied sciences and our bodies, among the diffuse results of technological shifts and the collective embodied reviews of up to date brokers, Hansen opens the trail for an intensive revision of our realizing of the technological.Mark Hansen is Assistant Professor of English, Princeton collage.

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Bound by the privilege they lend thought, the master-thinkers can only account for technology by thematizing it. They must, in short, treat technology descriptively, through the category or figure of the machine. In this study's exploration of this descriptive thematization, I will uncover the pervasive operation of a machine reduction of technology whose effect is to naturalize technology's status as the relative exteriority of thought. By reducing the broad experien- tial impact of technology to its restricted impact on thought, twentieth-cen- tury theoretical discourses effectively function to "enframe" technology within a linguistically or semiotically constituted field.

By positivizing this role, Kendrick simply conjures away the robust materiality she claims to address, substituting in its place a relative materiality that resists (without invalidat- ing) the narrative construction of subjectivity. The internal contradictions that plague even such a technophilic and antidualist analysis as Kendrick's are important less as criticisms of Kendrick than as testimony to the difficulties involved when cultural critics attempt to analyze in a nonholist manner technology's pervasive structuring impact on our experience.

Thereafter, we will find it necessary to account for technologies in a double register-to view them, at once, as concrete embodiments that both condition and are condi- tioned by the specific scientific principles they translate and also, in a far broader context, as material forces that expand the role of embodiment and, in the process, alter what I shall, adapting Walter Benjamin's analysis, call the "economy" of experience. Bringing such a double vision to bear on the analysis of technology's experiential impact comprises one of my major aims in this study, and it obliges me to draw and maintain a distinction between two divergent con- cepts of embodiment that are too often either conflated during analysis or simply collapsed from the beginning.

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