Where is the Writing of Digital Media?

Lydia H. Liu

in The Freudian Robot

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780226486826
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226486840 | DOI:
Where is the Writing of Digital Media?

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This chapter focuses on the constitution of the writing of digital media and where it is most likely to be encountered, and examines many of the presuppositions about the mind, machine, language, writing, symbol processing, and inscription technologies. There are a number of significant conceptual lacunae in new media studies and modern literary theory, which have been responsible for what we do not see and what we have not been able to conceptualize in regard to digital media. Namely, the techne of the unconscious has been revealed. The chapter helps open up some new avenues of research and understanding with respect to the social and psychic makeup of contemporary digital technology.

Keywords: digital media; digital technology; literary theory; unconscious

Chapter.  9314 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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