Media, Information and Technoculture 2500A/B Lecture 4: Nihilism

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Media, Information and Technoculture
Media, Information and Technoculture 2500A/B
Warren Steele

Nihilism Technology nullifies what it regards as nothing, of no account o Every technological advancement is an amputation IF Gestell is a way of being that threatens to estrange us from the world, each other, and ourselves, because it transforms the way in which we engage with everything we encounter o While its true that orientation towards technology impacts sense of space o Forces relationships, and changes o What about tech forces these changesrelationships that arent necessarily good o In technik the danger of modern tech is the nullifying force manifested in the world which impacts our way of being What we consider meaningful We ignore everything that a process regards as nothing Things know as worthless continue to be underdeveloped We are left estranged from tech world Continue to overlook o Ex. Nonexploitative relationship with nature o Ex. Relationships with other people Ex. Tenderness fostering relationship without purpose No place in the tech world No threat Unrestricted tech developments = dangerous = unconscious Nature of this process is unreadable To read this process you need to learn all the stuff missing from our lives Need to reevaluate what we look at as unimportant We also need to look for whats missing in the world, because the way we live we dont recognize this Nihilism is an activity hidden in its work o Performed by technician himself in vast field of monotony o Nihilism reveals itself through the appearance of plenitude o Shows itself where there is something not nothing Especially in areas with abundance Nihilism o Omits Reduces and destroys what it regards as nothing Privileging things over others (through development) Ex. Busy street o What is missing We ignore everything we deem valueless, therefore those that are valueless go undeveloped
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