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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

echoes : electronic media, transmutation and the flow of history

"... the cultural articulation of 'presence' around electronic media ... depends in large part on how the public imagination of a given historical moment considers the flows of electricity, consciousness and information to be homologous, interchangeable and transmutable."

"Tales of paranormal media are important then, not as timeless expressions of some undying electronic superstition, but as a permeable language in which to express a culture's changing social relationship to a historical sequence of technologies."

Haunted Media: Electronic Presence From Telegraphy To Television by Jeffrey Sconce, Duke University Press Books, 2000

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