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By Jussi Parikka

Media historical past is hundreds of thousands, even billions, of years previous. that's the premise of this pioneering and provocative e-book, which argues that to effectively comprehend modern media tradition we needs to set out from fabric realities that precede media themselves—Earth’s background, geological formations, minerals, and effort. And to take action, writes Jussi Parikka, is to confront the profound environmental and social implications of this ubiquitous, yet not often ephemeral, realm of modern day life.

Exploring the source depletion and fabric resourcing required for us to exploit our units to stay networked lives, Parikka grounds his research in Siegfried Zielinski’s broadly mentioned idea of deep time—but takes it again millennia. not just are infrequent earth minerals and plenty of different fabrics had to make our electronic media machines paintings, he observes, yet used and out of date media applied sciences go back to the earth as residue of electronic tradition, contributing to growing to be layers of poisonous waste for destiny archaeologists to think about. He indicates that those fabrics needs to be thought of along the customarily harmful and exploitative exertions approaches that refine them into the units underlying our probably digital or immaterial practices.

A Geology of Media demonstrates that the surroundings doesn't simply encompass our media cultural world—it runs via it, permits it, and hosts it in an period of remarkable weather swap. whereas taking a look backward to Earth’s far away previous, it additionally seems ahead to a extra expansive media theory—and, implicitly, media activism—to come.

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