Technical Media Theory and the Web

Last week, I was asked what Technical Media Theory, following the approach of Kittler, would have to say about the web.


After the Money

If, as David Greaber writes, credit precedes money, at least in small communities, one could envisage a future in which money retreats thanks to the extension of a global village. How could that work?


democracy, media, parties, web

representative democracy got stuck in the 19th century when it comes to the use of media. the web would allow for a decidedly different process of decision making. whether parties as a form of organization still need to be part of this process seems more than doubtful. in their current shape they first of all […]


text, news and event

an article a text by jeff jarvis made me think about the relation of events to news and to texts. it could be analysed as a relation of frequencies and duration. the event in real time meets a regular frequency of text, like a daily update in traditional newspapers. this frequency changes on the web. […]


Why did (German) Media Theory miss the Web?

Back in the times, when (German) media theory was first brought up, major topics discussed included simulation, virtual worlds, and media history (forever!). In the mid 80s, Friedrich Kittler was one of the first to sample McLuhan and Foucault and to turn from philology to media studies. At that time, there was no WWW. 10 […]



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