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Into the Universe of Technical Images

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Into the Universe of Technical Images by Flusser, Vilem; Roth, Nancy Ann; Poster, Mark, 9780816670208
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  • ISBN: 9780816670208 | 081667020X
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/25/2011
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Poised between hope and despair for a humanity facing an urgent communication crisis, this work by Vilem Flusser forecasts either the first truly human, infinitely creative society in history or a society of unbearable, oppressive sameness, locked in a pattern it cannot change. First published in German in 1985 and now available in English for the first time,Into the Universe of TechnicalImages outlines the history of communication technology as a process of increasing abstraction. Flusser charts how communication evolved from direct interaction with the world to mediation through various technologies. The invention of writing marked one significant shift; the invention of photography marked another, heralding the current age of the technical image. The automation of the processing of technical images carries both promise and threat: the promise of freeing humans to play and invent and the threat for networks of automation to proceed independently of humans.

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