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We Need to Talk About Heidegger

Essays Situating Martin Heidegger in Contemporary Media Studies

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Edited By Justin Michael Battin and German A. Duarte

This collection assembles a number of chapters engaging different strands of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy in order to explore issues relevant to contemporary media studies. Following the release of Heidegger’s controversial Black Notebooks and the subsequent calls to abandon the philosopher, this book seeks to demonstrate why Heidegger, rather than be pushed aside and shunned by media practitioners, ought to be embraced by and further incorporated into the discipline, as he offers unique and often innovative pathways to address, and ultimately understand, our daily engagements with media-related phenomena.

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Introducing the Fractal Character of Dasein in the Digital Age

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1Toward a topologic condition

In the nineteenth century, the emergence of a new paradigm was concretized through Henri Bergson’s notion of devenir. In fact, through this concept, it was possible to recognize every form of existence in movement, the same movement through which reality develops itself.1 According to Bergson, this incessant movement concerns everything: it concerns the subject and its psychological experience, as well as the extension, the latter also embraced by a continuous progression. Movement concerns everything, and consequently, every single entity is traversed by a progression that eliminates the existence of enclosed systems, which only exist in the human intellect, which finds in inert and isolated objects the convenience for their understanding.2 Like a film camera, the human mind exerts an “act of order” through the generation of fixed states of reality. In other words, the human mind takes snapshots in order to substitute with images the continuous mutation of reality.3

Through the acknowledgment of devenir, Bergson postulated that objects are simultaneity; they are in continuous change and it is only through the subject’s consciousness that extension is organized, serialized, and fixed in intelligible images: objects become moments.4 To use Bergson’s concept, the human mind “fabricates”, that is to say, it exerts an isolation of assembled parts around the action.5 Accordingly, fabrication isolates nature and natural phenomena. Thus, fabrication means a limit, a paradigm through which humankind organizes everything by applying a preordained system based on a series of pre-ordained ←21 | 22...

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