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The Anthrobscene

2015
Author:

Jussi Parikka

The Anthrobscene

Critiques the environmental destruction caused by media technologies in the anthropocene era

Smartphones, laptops, tablets, and e-readers all at one time held the promise of a more environmentally healthy world not dependent on paper and deforestation. The result of our ubiquitous digital lives is, as we see in The Anthrobscene, actually quite the opposite: not ecological health but an environmental wasteland, where media never die. Jussi Parikka critiques corporate and human desires as a geophysical force, analyzing the material side of the earth as essential for the existence of media and introducing the notion of an alternative deep time in which media live on in the layer of toxic waste we will leave behind as our geological legacy.

A stunning essay-book.

New Criticals

Smartphones, laptops, tablets, and e-readers all at one time held the promise of a more environmentally healthy world not dependent on paper and deforestation. The result of our ubiquitous digital lives is, as we see in The Anthrobscene, actually quite the opposite: not ecological health but an environmental wasteland, where media never die. Jussi Parikka critiques corporate and human desires as a geophysical force, analyzing the material side of the earth as essential for the existence of media and introducing the notion of an alternative deep time in which media live on in the layer of toxic waste we will leave behind as our geological legacy.

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The Anthrobscene

Jussi Parikka is professor in technological culture and aesthetics at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.

The Anthrobscene

A stunning essay-book.

New Criticals

The Anthrobscene

Contents

Introduction
And the Earth Screamed, Alive
An Ecology of Deep Time
A Media History of Matter: From Scrap Metal to Zombie Media
Conclusion: Cultural Techniques of Material Media

Acknowledgments
Notes