Gramophone, Film, Typewriter is, among other things, a continuation as well as a detailed elaboration of the second part of the author’s Discourse Networks. Gramophone, Film, Typewriter. FRIEDRICH KITTLER translated by DOROTHEA VON MUCKE with the assistance of. SIMILON. Optical fiber networks. Gramophone, Film, Typewriter. Detailed accounts of the ruptures brought about by the differentiation of media and communication technologies. Post-Gutenberg .

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AND the other compelling things are the colorful fictions and historical anecdotes he uses sometimes reprinting them wholesale within the text to illustrate this or that point. Friedrich Kittler’s thesis is simple enough: There is no index. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

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This chapter runs into magnetic recording, which Kittler credits to Germany’s wartime development of the magnetophone, and radio, whose development he attributes to the two world wars. By changing the language and behavior of the people using them, the technologies constructed their users.

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Gramophone, Film, Typewriter

This book has a little more history than i like, but is probably good for me. The sound recording, filmstrip, and keyboard, as Kittler’s technologies may be more generally defined, changed the language of perception. He is “the enfant terrible of the German humanities” p. Kittler contributes usefully to the issue of the timing of invention, but then claims that home recording on Edison’s cylinders nearly wiped out literary letters as a format p.


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The gramophone, film, and typewriter are storage technologies, ways of recording life that skew increasingly toward the digital, with computing situated at the end of history. To read this book is to take a wild ride through philosophy, music, the visual arts, popular culture, engineering, psychoanalysis, the history of science, literature, communication studies, film studies, and more.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. On the other hand, the translators take twenty-seven pages to explain Kittler’s background and goals to those unfamiliar with the posts debates over power, language, and free will.

Gramophone, Film, Typewriter by Friedrich A. Kittler

The excellent translation by Geoffrey-Winthrop Young and Michael Wutz is highly readable no awkward Germanisms and is preceded by a thorough and incisive introduction. Kittler assaults you with theory, technologies as weapons, and cheesy music.

Most useful are the analyses of the effect of these technologies on literature and psychology. Kittler can’t be bothered. Technology and Culture He justifies his derision of “so-called Man” p. Write a customer review. Previously, writing had operated by way of symbolic mediation—all data had to pass through the needle’s eye of the written signifier—but phonography, photography, and kitler stored physical effects of the real in the shape of sound waves and light.


Without war, we wouldn’t have leisure. And so he describes the cultural environments in which the recording of sound, vision, and words took place between the s and s.

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Kittler No preview available – Sinclair von Sinclair rated it really liked it Aug 03, Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The book ties the establishment of new discursive practices to the introduction of new media technologies, and yramophone shows how both determine the ways in which psychoanalysis conceives of the psychic apparatus in terms of information machines.

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I guess this book was written around the same time, which makes sense. Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Previously, writing had operated by way of symbolic mediation—all data had to pass through the needle’s eye of the written signifier—but phonography, photography, and cinematography stor Toward the end of the nineteenth century, the hegemony of the printed word was shattered by the arrival of new media technologies that offered novel ways of communicating and storing data.