Premediation: Affect and Mediality after 9/11

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In an era of heightened securitization, print, televisual and networked media have become obsessed with the pre-mediation of future events. In response to the shock of 9/11, socially networked US and global media work to premediate collective affects of anticipation and connectivity, while also perpetuating low levels of apprehension or fear.

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"Grusin offers an intriguing original theory of media behavior...Recommended."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230242524
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD GRUSIN is Professor of English at Wayne State University, USA. He taught previously at The College of William and Mary and the Georgia Institute of Technology. His publications include Remediation: Understanding New Media (co-authored with Jay Bolter, 1999).

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

Remediation after 9/11 1

Brief notes on method 4

1 Remediating 9/11 8

"After 9/11" 8

Remediating 9/11 11

9/11: theorization or mediatization? 16

"We are all Americans" 23

The new normal 25

The emergence of premediated time 33

2 Premediation 38

Remediation and premediation 38

The media regime of pre-emptive war 41

Autopoiesis and the liveness of futurity 50

From virtual reality to the reality of the virtual 57

3 Affect, Mediality, and Abu Ghraib 62

The trouble with Abu Ghraib 62

Remediating pornography? 67

Unknown knowns 69

Mediality 72

Affectivity 77

Torture and pornography 82

Transmitting affect 86

4 The Affective Life of Media 90

Cyborgs 90

Feedback loops 97

Affective computing 109

Mediators 118

5 The Anticipation of Security 122

Premediation and securitization 122

Anticipatory gestures 126

Mediaphilia 131

Premediation and politics 134

Conclusion 143

Beyond 9/11 143

Natural things 144

Economic things 147

Social things 151

Notes 156

Works Cited 180

Index 189

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