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Conditions of Mediation

Phenomenological Perspectives on Media

Edited By Tim Markham and Scott Rodgers

Phenomenology has become one of the most important philosophical traditions underpinning recent theory and research on new media, whether or not the word is used explicitly. Conditions of Mediation brings together, for the first time in a single publication, the diversity of phenomenological media research—from social platforms and wearable media to diasporic identity formation and the ethics of consumer technologies.

The new orthodoxy in media studies emphasizes the experience of media—whether as forms, texts, technics or protocols—marking a departure from traditional approaches preoccupied with media content or its structural contexts. But phenomenologically informed approaches go beyond merely asking what people do with media. They ask a more profound question: what constitutes the conditions of mediated experience in the first place?

Beginning with an accessible introduction, this book invites readers to explore a wide range of phenomenological perspectives on media via two critical dialogues involving key thinkers alongside a series of theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded chapters. In so doing, interdisciplinary media studies is brought into conversation with the work of philosophers such as Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, as well as phenomenologically-inspired thinkers such as Erving Goffman, Pierre Bourdieu, Tim Ingold, Henri Lefebvre, Friedrich Kittler, Marshall McLuhan and Bernard Stiegler.

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Tim Barker is a lecturer in Digital Media in the School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow. His research interests include the philosophy of time and media, German media theory, questions of technology and creativity and histories of “experimental” art and cinema. He is the author of Time and the digital (Dartmouth College Press, 2012) and a number of essays and book chapters on materially oriented studies of media.

Roy Bendor is an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Design at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. His research proposes a critical theory of interactive experiences, focusing on the values and assumptions that inform the design of participatory (or civic) new media, and on the ways in which interacting with these media may activate the public’s political imagination—stimulating political awareness, promoting democratic participation, and fostering new modes of citizenship. Dr. Bendor’s work has appeared in The Journal of e-Democracy, Futures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies, Interactions, and Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology.

David M. Berry is Professor of Digital Humanities, and Co-Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab at the University of Sussex. His research examines the theoretical and medium-specific challenges of understanding digital and computational media, particularly algorithms, software and code. His work draws on critical theory, political economy, medium theory, software studies, and the philosophy of technology. Recent books authored or edited include Critical theory and the←249 | 250→ digital, Postdigital aesthetics: Art, computation...

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