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Read online How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis How i do i we think N Katherine Hayles poses this question at the beginning of this bracing exploration of the idea that we think through with and alongside media As the age of print passes and new technologies appear every day this proposition has become far more complicated particularly for the traditionally print based disciplines in the humanities and qualitative social sciences With a rift growing between digital scholarship and its print based counterpart Hayles argues for contemporary technogenesis the belief that humans and technics are coevolving and advocates for what she calls comparative media studies a new approach to locating digital work within print traditions and vice versa .

Hayles examines the evolution of the field from the traditional humanities and how the digital humanities are changing academic scholarship research teaching and publication She goes on to depict the neurological consequences of working in digital media where skimming and scanning or hyper reading and analysis through machine algorithms are forms of reading as valid as close reading once was Hayles contends that we must recognize all three types of reading and understand the limitations and possibilities of each In addition to illustrating what a comparative media perspective entails Hayles explores the technogenesis spiral in its full complexity She considers the effects of early databases such as telegraph code books and confronts our changing perceptions of time and space in the digital age illustrating this through three innovative digital productions Steve Tomasula s electronic novel i TOC i Steven Hall s i The Raw Shark Texts i and Mark Z Danielewski s i Only Revolutions i Deepening our understanding of the extraordinary transformative powers digital technologies have placed in the hands of humanists i How We Think i presents a cogent rationale for tackling the challenges facing the humanities today by N. Katherine Hayles

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How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis
Title:How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis
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The Cosmic Web: Scientific Field Models and Literary Strategies in the 20th Century, Chaos Bound: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and Science, Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science, Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious, Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary, Writing Machines, How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis, Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era, How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts
br For the past few hundred years Western cultures have relied on print When writing was accomplished by a quill pen inkpot and paper it was easy to imagine that writing was nothing more than a means by which writers could transfer their thoughts to readers The proliferation of technical media in the latter half of the twentieth century has revealed that the relationship between writer and reader is not so simple From telegraphs and typewriters to wire recorders and a sweeping array of digital computing devices the complexities of communications technology have made mediality a central concern of the twenty first century br br br Despite the attention given to the development of the media landscape relatively little is being done in our academic institutions to adjust In i Comparative Textual Media i editors N Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman bring together an impressive range of essays from leading scholars to address the issue among them Matthew Kirschenbaum on archiving in the digital era Patricia Crain on the connection between a child s formation of self and the possession of a book and Mark Marino exploring how to read a digital text not for content but for traces of its underlying code br br br Primarily arguing for seeing print as a medium along with the scroll electronic literature and computer games this volume examines the potential transformations if academic departments embraced a media framework Ultimately i Comparative Textual Media i offers new insights that allow us to understand more deeply the implications of the choices we and our institutions are making br br br Contributors Stephanie Boluk Vassar College Jessica Brantley Yale U Patricia Crain NYU Adriana de Souza e Silva North Carolina State U Johanna Drucker UCLA Thomas Fulton Rutgers U Lisa Gitelman New York U William A Johnson Duke U Matthew G Kirschenbaum U of Maryland Patrick LeMieux Mark C Marino U of Southern California Rita Raley U of California Santa Barbara John David Zuern U of Hawai i at M noa br br br, No description available, N Katherine Hayles is known for breaking new ground at the intersection of the sciences and the humanities In i Unthought i she once again bridges disciplines by revealing how we think without thinking how we use cognitive processes that are inaccessible to consciousness yet necessary for it to function br br Marshalling fresh insights from neuroscience cognitive science cognitive biology and literature Hayles expands our understanding of cognition and demonstrates that it involves more than consciousness alone Cognition as Hayles defines it is applicable not only to nonconscious processes in humans but to all forms of life including unicellular organisms and plants Startlingly she also shows that cognition operates in the sophisticated information processing abilities of technical systems when humans and cognitive technical systems interact they form cognitive assemblages as found in urban traffic control drones and the trading algorithms of finance capital for instance and these assemblages are transforming life on earth The result is what Hayles calls a planetary cognitive ecology which includes both human and technical actors and which poses urgent questions to humanists and social scientists alike br br At a time when scientific and technological advances are bringing far reaching aspects of cognition into the public eye i Unthought i reflects deeply on our contemporary situation and moves us toward a more sustainable and flourishing environment for all beings, Tracing a journey from the s through the s N Katherine Hayles uses the autobiographical persona of Kaye to explore how literature has transformed itself from inscriptions rendered as the flat durable marks of print to the dynamic images of CRT screens from verbal texts to the diverse sensory modalities of multimedia works from books to technotexts br br Weaving together Kaye s pseudo autobiographical narrative with a theorization of contemporary literature in media specific terms Hayles examines the ways in which literary texts in every genre and period mutate as they are reconceived and rewritten for electronic formats As electronic documents become more pervasive print appears not as the sea in which we swim transparent because we are so accustomed to its conventions but rather as a medium with its own assumptions specificities and inscription practices Hayles explores works that focus on the very inscription technologies that produce them examining three writing machines in depth Talan Memmott s groundbreaking electronic work i Lexia to Perplexia i Mark Z Danielewski s cult postprint novel i House of Leaves i and Tom Phillips s artist s book i A Humument i Hayles concludes by speculating on how technotexts affect the development of contemporary subjectivity br br i Writing Machines i is the second volume in the Mediawork Pamphlets series