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 […]


Controlling the Network

In the light of recent claim of internet activities driving political events the question of how to control a network gained some importance. Controllability of Complex Networks


Bildakt, Kunst- oder Bildtheorie

Bilder sind nicht Dulder, sondern Erzeuger von wahrnehmungsbezogenen Erfahrungen und Handlungen, schreibt Horst Bredekamp in seinem eben erschienen Werk Theorie des Bildakts (326).


Some Basics

The objective of this series of posts is to figure out some fundamentals for a theoretical approach that links a discoursive theory of technical media (Kittler, Foucault, McLuhan) with realist philosophy (Harman, Meillassoux, Latour), basic terms related to programming and the web (relation, link, object), and a political position towards economy (Steve Keen, Heidenreich)


Tool Being and Media Theory

Graham Harman: Tool Being. To figure out if object oriented philosophy may be linked to object-oriented programming (which would ground it in contemporary practices) and if the materialist approach of German media theory may be linked with speculative realism.