Telesthesia: Communication, Culture & Class

Overview

The telegraph, telephone, and television, not to mention theInternet and mobile telephony, are all forms of communication thatmove information faster than the speed at which objects move. Bothlabor and capital and armies and commodities once moved at the samespeed as the information organizing them. Over the last twocenturies, social space has developed a strange folded quality,where physical space comes more and more to be doubled by a spaceof the movement of information. Telesthesia, or perception at adistance,...

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Overview

The telegraph, telephone, and television, not to mention theInternet and mobile telephony, are all forms of communication thatmove information faster than the speed at which objects move. Bothlabor and capital and armies and commodities once moved at the samespeed as the information organizing them. Over the last twocenturies, social space has developed a strange folded quality,where physical space comes more and more to be doubled by a spaceof the movement of information. Telesthesia, or perception at adistance, comes increasingly to characterize how we see and hearand know the world.

How does the evolution of different communication forms affecthow we can perceive and act? How can the underlying infrastructureof communication forms be detected in the events of everyday life'These are the central questions animating this book. McKenzie Warkfirst explores relations between metropolitan and peripheralcultures – or postcolonial relations – with closeattention to the texture of events that can happen when perceptionis mediated. He then examines what were once called postmodernexperiences, and how relations of communication create new kinds ofclass relations and experiences of everyday life, from 9/11 toOccupy Wall Street.

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"An accessible, provocative vision of class politics for a worldwhere the speed of information seems more important than solidityof material objects."
Media International Australia

"From Sydney to New York, the real to the virtual, the theoreticalto the practical and back again, McKenzie Wark charts the vectorsof a new space that is neither here nor there and yet istransforming society and the economy in unprecedented ways. Byexposing what is hiding in plain sight, Telesthesiachallenges us to fashion a new politics of creative disruption.This book is provocative, insightful and timely."
Mark C. Taylor, Columbia University

"Telesthesia continues McKenzie Wark’s sharpobservations on recent media life. Well-informed on bothcultural-political theory and media practices, Wark’s studiesare highly recommended for students of all levels. And he writeswith incredible grace."
Mark Poster, University of California, Irvine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745653983
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

McKenzie Wark is Professor of Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research, New York.

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Table of Contents

How to Occupy an Abstraction
Fresh Maimed Babies
Neither Here Nor There
Speaking Trajectories
Cruising Virilio's Overexposed City
Architectronics of the Multitude
Weird Global Media Event and Vectoral Unconscious
Securing Security
Game and Play in Everyday Life
The Gift Shop at the End of History
From Intellectual Persona to Hacker Interface
Disco Marxism vs Techno Marxism
The Vectoral Class and its Antipodes
From Disco Marxism to Praxis (Object Oriented)
Considerations on A Hacker Manifesto
After Politics: To the Vector the Spoils
The Little Sisters Are Watching You
Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit
Last Words and Key Words
Acknowledgements
Notes

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