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From the Publisher'Friedrich Kittler's Optical Media is not only, as its jacket-copyand introduction claim, its author's "best book for theuninitiated"; it is also one of his wittiest.'
Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
'Kittler's lectures provide stimulating and provocativereading.'
'Kittler's analysis is always rich and involving, describing acomplex path of theoretical and factual relations.'
'Optical Media is the most engaging and accessible ofFriedrich Kittler's books. It starts out with a clear presentationof Kittler'smedia-theoretical premises and then offers afascinating tour through the history of storing, manipulating andprojecting light. Witty, insightful, provocative, at timesoutrageous but always stimulating, Optical Media is not onlyan overlooked back entrance into the study of visual media from theRenaissance to the present, it is also an equally helpful backentrance into Kittler's own theory.'
'Kittler is the preeminent thinker of time-based media and whatit means to edit the flow of time with technical means. Brilliantand remarkably original, he offers a kind of media analysis whosemethod is dialectically acute and philosophically deep. No oneinterested in what it means to live in a media-saturated age canneglecthis vital and controversial work.'
John Durham Peters, The University of Iowa