With a foreword by Norman Denzin Communication and the history of technology have invariably been examined in terms of artefacts and people. Gary Krug argues that communication technology must be studied as an integral part of culture and lived-experience. Rather than stand in awe of the apparent explosion of new technologies, this book links key moments and developments in communication technology with the social conditions of their time. It traces the evolution of technology, culture, and the self as mutually dependent and influential. This innovative approach will be welcomed by undergraduates and postgraduates needing to develop their understanding of the cultural effects of communication technology, and the history of key communication systems and techniques.

The Metaphysics of Information

The metaphysics of information

The aversion towards the words culture and administration – an aversion by no means free of barbarism and overshadowed by the urge to release the safety catch on the revolver – must not conceal that a certain truth is involved in it. (Theodor Adorno 1991: 108)

The extension of electronic and especially digital communications to all areas of life in the Anglo-European world has created a social domain that is much more unified than those which preceded it. This unity has been brought about through two aspects of the same development. Information as a substantive thing now provides both the object of the unified social gaze and the subjective experience of it. Each is pregiven and overdetermined through the ...

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