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The Second Media Age

Mark Poster

ISBN: 978-0-745-61396-3 June 1995 Polity 200 Pages


This book examines the implications of new communication technologies in the light of the most recent work in social and cultural theory and argues that new developments in electronic media, such as the Internet and Virtual Reality, justify the designation of a "second media age".
Part I: Theoretical Reconsiderations: .

1. Social Theory and the New Media.

2. Postmodern Virtualities.

3. Postmodernity and the Politics of Multiculturalism.

4. The Mode of Information and Postmodernity.

5. Databases as Discourse, or Electronic Interpellations.

6. Critical Theory and TechnoCulture: Habermas and Baudrillard.

Part II: Medias: .

7. Politics in the Mode of Information: Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. .

8. RoboBody.

9. What Does Wotan Want? Ambivalent Feminism in Wagner's Ring. .

10. War in the Mode of Information.



* In light of phenomena such as the Internet and Virtual Reality, the author re-evaluates the relationship of human to machine.
* The book critically examines the cultural and social implications of new communication technologies, and presents an original theory of the media.
* It uses postmodern theory to explore the evolutionary impact of new communication technologies.