Ambivalence: Media, Technics, Gender

Simon Morgan Wortham and Gary Hall

in Experimenting

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228140
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240975 | DOI:
Ambivalence: Media, Technics, Gender

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The return of religion cannot be understood as archaism within modernity's deterritorializing dynamic. Jacques Derrida argued that there is a profound connection between mediatization and Christianity, this is to say that Christianity embraces its own mediatization to the extent that it affirms itself as aesthetic religion. As Derrida goes on to assert, “mediatic manifestations of religion, Christian or other, in their production and their organization to national phenomena,” testify to the continuing power of the aesthetic, which has been inseparable from Western-style nationalism. In all cases these relations or intersections are characterized by ambivalence. Weber's attention to ambivalence seems to become curiously indirect or discreet, even teasing. In the Western tradition, the question concerning technology has always angled into questions of gender and sexual difference. Media is perhaps another name for the enactment of the aesthetic as a self-divided, self-displacing technique of manifestation.

Keywords: media; Christianity; nationalism; religion; ambivalence; technology; mediatization; gender

Chapter.  7742 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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