Media, Information and Technoculture 2500A/B Lecture Notes - Gestell

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Published on 11 Oct 2012
School
Western University
Department
Media, Information and Technoculture
Course
Media, Information and Technoculture 2500A/B
Professor
Nihilism Lecture
- “[modern] technology nullifies what it regards as nothing, of no account”
- If Gestell is a way of being, transforming ourselves to develop in a certain
way
- Gestell canbe understood as a desire that when followed critically, endangers
a way of being that constantly threatens to sever us from the world,
eachother and ourselves
- Real danger of modern tech. is the nullifying force we manifest in the
depletion of meaningful life
- Effectively ignoring that which is seen to have no account lose sight of
what is essential
- Unrestricted technical development, almost invisible for most of us to read
it correctly, we must adjust our thinking
- Find the nothingness
- Nihilism reveals itself I abundance, shows itself where there are lots of the
same things
- Refers to the works of negation
- Reduces and destroys that which is deemed to be valueless, because it is
perceived as worthless
- What is missing from our world, what don’t I see?
- The world we share appears as relief, something brought to a front while
others disappear into the background.
- Called to develop technology in a way that is agreeable
- H&E both write about what is essential
- continuation of further and further technology
- suppression of meaning, technique is the extreme development of means.
Technique develops because the world of means has developed
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[modern] technology nullifies what it regards as nothing, of no account . If gestell is a way of being, transforming ourselves to develop in a certain way. Gestell canbe understood as a desire that when followed critically, endangers a way of being that constantly threatens to sever us from the world, eachother and ourselves. Real danger of modern tech. is the nullifying force we manifest in the depletion of meaningful life. Effectively ignoring that which is seen to have no account lose sight of what is essential. Unrestricted technical development, almost invisible for most of us to read it correctly, we must adjust our thinking. Nihilism reveals itself i abundance, shows itself where there are lots of the same things. Reduces and destroys that which is deemed to be valueless, because it is perceived as worthless. The world we share appears as relief, something brought to a front while others disappear into the background.

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