The entire question of referentiality had to be recast in light of these new media technologies; in addition, the use of the typewriter changed the perception of writing from that of a unique expression of a literate individual to that of a sequence of naked material signifiers. Part technological history of the emergent new media in the late nineteenth century, part theoretical discussion of the responses to these media—including texts by Rilke, Kafka, and Heidegger, as well as elaborations by Edison, Bell, Turing, and other innovators—Gramophone, Film, Typewriter analyzes this momentous shift using insights from the work of Foucault, Lacan, and McLuhan. Fusing discourse analysis, structuralist psychoanalysis, and media theory, the author adds a vital historical dimension to the current debates over the relationship between electronic literacy and poststructuralism, and the extent to which we are constituted by our technologies. The book ties the establishment of new discursive practices to the introduction of new media technologies, and it shows how both determine the ways in which psychoanalysis conceives of the psychic apparatus in terms of information machines.

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Friedrich Adolf Kittler was born in in Rochlitz in Saxony. His family fled with him to West Germany in , where from to he went to a natural sciences and modern languages Gymnasium in Lahr in the Black Forest , and thereafter, until , he studied German studies , Romance philology and philosophy at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg in Freiburg im Breisgau.

During his studies, he was especially influenced by the writings of Jacques Lacan , Michel Foucault and Martin Heidegger. In , Kittler received his doctorate in philosophy after a thesis on the poet Conrad Ferdinand Meyer. He invoked this doctrine on his deathbed in Dying in a hospital in Berlin and sustained only by medical instruments, his final words were "Alle Apparate ausschalten", which translates as "switch off all apparatuses".

They follow the logic of escalation that leaves us and written history behind it. Kittler in Geschichte der Kommunikationsmedien.

Consequently, he sees in writing literature, in writing programmes and in burning structures into silicon chips a complete continuum: "As we know and simply do not say, no human being writes anymore. The last historic act of writing may thus have been in the late seventies when a team of Intel engineers [plotted] the hardware architecture of their first integrated microprocessor.

In: ders. Technische Schriften. And Kittler is a good friend of mine — I sponsored a chair at the Humboldt University for two years. He is not mainstream. These people will last longer than I will in this book. In 50 years, each of them will be known as people who had been very sensitive to changes of the media. Bern-Munich Dichtung als Sozialisationsspiel. Fink: Munich.

Stanford Grammophon Film Typewriter. Bern Dichter — Mutter — Kind. Leipzig: Reclam. Merve: Berlin.



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