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Into the Universe of Technical Images
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Into the Universe of Technical Images

Vilém Flusser

Abstract

Poised between hope and despair for a humanity facing an urgent communications crisis, this book forecasts either the first truly human, infinitely creative society in history or a society of unbearable, oppressive sameness, locked in a pattern it cannot change. First published in German in 1985, this book outlines the history of communications technology as a process of increasing abstraction. The book charts how communication evolved from direct interaction with the world to mediation through various technologies. The invention of writing marked one significant shift; the invention of photog ... More

Keywords: communications crisis, communications technology, abstraction, writing, photography, technical image, invent, networks, automation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816670208
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670208.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vilém Flusser, author