«Agrippa» and Other Hybrids in the Beginnings of Digital Culture
About the Book
From Digital to Analog delves into the origins of digitization and its effects on contemporary culture. The book challenges the common sense assertion that digitization is just another step in the evolution of the editorial, film, and recorded music cultural industries and in the enhanced enforcement of copyright laws. Digital technologies have paradoxically undermined and—at the same time—strengthened preceding cultural frameworks, provoking an unprecedented quarrel over the possession of, and access to, cultural products. Agustín Berti uses the release of Agrippa (A Book of the Dead) in 1992 to study this paradox. The importance of Agrippa for digital culture studies is proven through the discussion of the frequently understated importance of the materiality of digital culture. The book develops a critique of digital technology and its alleged neutrality and transparency. Ultimately, it illustrates how Agrippa anticipated a number of contemporary phenomena such as piracy, leaks, remixes, memes, and more, forcing us to rethink the concept of digital content itself and thus the way in which culture is produced, received, and preserved today.
From Digital to Analog is ideal reading for graduate students, especially master’s degree candidates in the fields of literature, arts, digital humanities, digital culture, and new media studies.
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