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Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology

Jussi Parikka


Since the early nineteenth century, when entomologists first popularized the unique biological and behavioral characteristics of insects, technological innovators and theorists have proposed insects as templates for a wide range of technologies. This book analyzes how insect forms of social organization—swarms, hives, webs, and distributed intelligence—have been used to structure modern media technologies and the network society, providing a radical new perspective on the interconnection of biology and technology. Through close engagement with the pioneering work of insect ethologists, includi ... More

Keywords: insects, technologies, social organization, swarms, hives, webs, distributed intelligence, network society, biology and technology, insect ethologists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816667390
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816667390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jussi Parikka, author