The archives where cultures preserve what they deem important for collective memory are rightfully under "media-ontological suspicion," Groys argues. If indeed the medium is now the message, the message is that the "submedial space" beneath the signs comprising the archive remains infinitely inaccessible. So long as we can't understand this submedial space, "the medium of all media," we should be suspicious of the force that upholds our cultural archives. How such suspicion has become the new subject and space of subjectivity is the politically inflected story Groys tells with his unique blend of philosophical acumen and ironic expression.
Michael Kelly, Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte