Thomas (2007)

Stiegler’s work draws attention to the degree to which theorizing about technology is often polarized between anxiety and euphoria. His response is to refuse to distance technology from life; and to suggest that human individuation and technology have always had a transductive relationship. Our sense of transliteracy is informed by such a relationship.


3 Responses to “Thomas (2007)”

  1. Saqib Ali February 14, 2013 at 3:40 am #

    translate please (to easy english)……

  2. Amy Woodgate February 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Stiegler suggests we often fear technological developments because we distance the ‘human’ element from them – as though technology has no connection to human life. When instead the two are interconnected and it is for this reason that our ability to communicate through mixed mediums (e.g. images, text, spoken stories etc – transliteracy) is so natural.

    Do you think there is merit in this view? It would be nice to know what others think! :)

  3. Giraf87 February 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    This is an interesting contradiction, as you mention ‘ as though technology has no connection to human life’ – it seems to me quite the opposite: human civilisation is all about technology.The word, going back to its Greek roots, tekhnologia ‘systematic treatment’, from tekhnē ‘art, craft’ + -logia means something that makes ‘practical’ and our lives are embedded by it, for centuries. Maybe our fear is more relating to our fear of ‘change’ or the ‘unknown’, not technology as such.

    But also, digital technology is less tactile (immaterial) compared to the understanding of technology in previous times where everything was mechanical, nuts and bolts you can see… Now perhaps there is a fear of what you cannot see. And that accompanied by language such as ‘password’, ‘firewall’, ‘hacking’, ‘virus’…words that have negative connotations…

    Modernism had this idealist view of how technology would sort out the world, indeed utopian expectations, soon followed by dystopian views (1984) and then entered post-modernism which de-constructed everything that was built so carefully in previous times. No wonder the human element is erased….

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