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Author Kroker, Arthur, 1945- author

Title Exits to the posthuman future / by Arthur Kroker
Published Cambridge : Polity, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 212 pages)
Contents Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1: Introduction: Trajectories of the Posthuman; Trolley to Tijuana and transit of Venus; Living at the tip of the posthuman; Synching your heart to the smartphone; Misprinted organs; The posthuman axiomatic; Accelerate; Technologies of acceleration; Drift; Drift culture; Crash; Digital inflections; Slow suicide of technological apocalypse; Traversal consciousness; Accelerate; 2: The Posthuman Imagination: Neuro-Diversity, Psychic Trauma, and History in the Data Feed; Photography of invisibility; The cage of measurability
11: Thinking the Future with Marshall McLuhan: Technologies of Abandonment, Inertia, Disappearance, SubstitutionMcLuhan's ethical dissent; Technologies of the dark tetrad; Technologies of inertia: when McLuhan's universe of fast data suddenly reverses field; Technologies of abandonment: lost dreams of the sustainable "global village"; Technologies of disappearance: media as amputations of the senses, not "extensions"; Technologies of substitution: clones, avatars, androids, zombies as possible successor species; Prosthetic gods; 12: Epilogue: Media Theory in the Data Storm; Figural aesthetics
5: Archive DriftSocial media and the future of the archive; The digital imaginary; Archives in the wires; Complexity and the digital archive; 6: Screen Drift; Video as the skin of the new cinema; Video is the iris of social networking technologies; Remix culture; 7: Media Drift; Digital dialectics; Software necropolis; Death of the eye; "Flesh rezzing"; Full-mind scans; Remixing early Christianity and late technology; The lonely digital crowd; The rings of Saturn; 8: After the Drones; When the drones came to town; Bodies that don't matter; When the sun rises on a planet of the dead and dying
Drone flesh9: Guardian Liberalism: Rhetoric of the "Just War"; Guardian liberalism; The guardian state and born-again ideology; The concept of the "just war"; The Long Grey Line; Reaper drones and remote ethics; The future of the guardian state; 10: Premonitory Thought: That Fateful Day When Power Abjected Itself; Before Foucault; "Insurrection of subjugated knowledge": five methodological precautions; Modalities of power; The imperial subaltern; The will to untruth; Politics in the age of cynical ideology
Exits to the posthuman futureExit 1: "I love I am stuck"; Exit 2: the posthuman brain; Exit 3: mirror neurons and the empathy gene; Exit 4: the psychic trauma of war; Exit 5: the last days of history; History in the data feed; 3: Code Drift; Software genomics; Spectral destiny of technology; Tethered to mobility; Data trauma; 4: History Drift; First hypothesis: the will to history; Second hypothesis: the precession of history; Third hypothesis: hauntological history; The will to history; The precession of history; Hauntological history; Two histories; Hauntologies of the future
Summary Exits to the Posthuman Future is media theory for a global digital society which thrives, and sometimes perishes, at the intersection of technologies of speed, distant ethics and a pervasive cultural anxiety. Arthur Kroker's incisive and insightful text presents the emerging pattern of a posthuman future: life at the tip of technologies of acceleration, drift and crash. Kroker links key concepts such as "Guardian Liberalism" and Obama's vision of the "Just War" with a striking account of "culture drift" as the essence of real world technoculture. He argues that contemporary society disp
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Civilization, Modern -- 21st century.
Moral conditions.
Technology assessment.
Technology -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0745682235
9780745682235 (e-book)