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Thierry Bardini


Are we made of junk? This book believes we are. Examining an array of cybernetic structures from genetic codes to communication networks, it explores the idea that most of culture and nature, including humans, is composed primarily of useless, but always potentially recyclable, material otherwise known as “junk.” This book unravels the presence of junk at the interface between science fictions and fictions of science, showing that molecular biology and popular culture since the early 1960s belong to the same culture—cyberculture—which is essentially a culture of junk. He draws on a wide variet ... More

Keywords: junk, cybernetics, genetic codes, communication networks, cyberculture, Philip K. Dick, William S. Burroughs, cultural history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816667505
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816667505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thierry Bardini, author