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By Jussi Parikka

ISBN-10: 0816695512

ISBN-13: 9780816695515

ISBN-10: 0816695520

ISBN-13: 9780816695522

Media heritage is hundreds of thousands, even billions, of years previous. that's the premise of this pioneering and provocative e-book, which argues that to competently comprehend modern media tradition we needs to set out from fabric realities that precede media themselves—Earth’s heritage, geological formations, minerals, and effort. And to take action, writes Jussi Parikka, is to confront the profound environmental and social implications of this ubiquitous, yet rarely ephemeral, realm of modern day life.

Exploring the source depletion and fabric resourcing required for us to exploit our units to dwell networked lives, Parikka grounds his research in Siegfried Zielinski’s generally mentioned proposal of deep time—but takes it again millennia. not just are infrequent earth minerals and plenty of different fabrics had to make our electronic media machines paintings, he observes, yet used and out of date media applied sciences go back to the earth as residue of electronic tradition, contributing to starting to be layers of poisonous waste for destiny archaeologists to contemplate. He exhibits that those fabrics needs to be thought of along the usually harmful and exploitative hard work methods that refine them into the units underlying our doubtless digital or immaterial practices.

A Geology of Media demonstrates that the surroundings doesn't simply encompass our media cultural world—it runs via it, permits it, and hosts it in an period of extraordinary weather swap. whereas having a look backward to Earth’s far-off prior, it additionally appears ahead to a extra expansive media theory—and, implicitly, media activism—to come.

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