Does Writing Have a Future?

Does Writing Have a Future?

by Vilem Flusser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816670226

ISBN-13: 9780816670222

Pub. Date: 02/24/2011

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

In Does Writing Have a Future?, a remarkably perceptive work first published in German in 1987, Vilém Flusser asks what will happen to thought and communication as written communication gives way, inevitably, to digital expression. In his introduction, Flusser proposes that writing does not, in fact, have a future because everything that is now

Overview

In Does Writing Have a Future?, a remarkably perceptive work first published in German in 1987, Vilém Flusser asks what will happen to thought and communication as written communication gives way, inevitably, to digital expression. In his introduction, Flusser proposes that writing does not, in fact, have a future because everything that is now conveyed in writing—and much that cannot be—can be recorded and transmitted by other means.

Confirming Flusser’s status as a theorist of new media in the same rank as Marshall McLuhan, Jean Baudrillard, Paul Virilio, and Friedrich Kittler, the balance of this book teases out the nuances of these developments. To find a common denominator among texts and practices that span millennia, Flusser looks back to the earliest forms of writing and forward to the digitization of texts now under way. For Flusser, writing—despite its limitations when compared to digital media—underpins historical consciousness, the concept of progress, and the nature of critical inquiry. While the text as a cultural form may ultimately become superfluous, he argues, the art of writing will not so much disappear but rather evolve into new kinds of thought and expression.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816670222
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
02/24/2011
Series:
Electronic Mediations Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Vilém Flusser’s Into the Universe of Technical Images and Does Writing Have a Future?
Mark Poster Does Writing Have a Future?
Introduction Superscript Inscriptions Notation Letters of the Alphabet Texts Print Instructions Spoken Languages Poetry Ways of Reading Deciphering Books Letters Newspapers Stationeries Desks Scripts The Digital Recoding Subscript Afterword to the Second Edition Translator’s Afterword and Acknowledgments Nancy Roth Translator’s Notes Index

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