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This is one of the crucial points that a German perspective to media studies has promoted; media are not only the mass media of television, newpapers, and such, but a technical constellation that at its core is based on scientific principles of coding, channeling, and decoding of signals. Optical media is based on a lecture series he gave Humboldt university, Berlin in This book is an investigation into man-made images. For Kittler, media are about science and engineering, and some of the confusions relate how people are tyring to read and apply him out of those contexts. But about the long genealogies of science, engineering, and the qualities of matter that allow the event of media to take place. Kittler is the physicist of media theory.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Optical Media by Friedrich A. This major new book provides a concise history of optical media from Renaissance linear perspective to late twentieth-century computer graphics.

Kittler begins by looking at European painting since the Renaissance in order to discern the principles according to which modern optical perception was organized.

He also discusses the development of various mechanical devices, s This major new book provides a concise history of optical media from Renaissance linear perspective to late twentieth-century computer graphics.

He also discusses the development of various mechanical devices, such as the camera obscura and the laterna magica, which were closely connected to the printing press and which played a pivotal role in the media war between the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation. After examining this history, Kittler then addresses the ways in which images were first stored and made to move, through the development of photography and film.

He discusses the competitive relationship between photography and painting as well as between film and theater, as innovations like the Baroque proscenium or "picture-frame" stage evolved from elements that would later constitute cinema. The central question, however, is the impact of film on the ancient monopoly of writing, as it not only provoked new forms of competition for novelists but also fundamentally altered the status of books.

In the final section, Kittler examines the development of electrical telecommunications and electronic image processing from television to computer simulations. In short, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of image production that is indispensable for anyone wishing to understand the prevailing audiovisual conditions of contemporary culture. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 1st by Polity Press first published January 1st More Details Original Title.

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Sort order. Start your review of Optical Media: Berlin Lectures This is a rather concise wrap-up of all things Kittlerian: there's the anti-humanism, there's the sexism, there's the insistence on media and technology, there's the bellicism and so forth. Yet, it is also filled to the brim with ingenious remarks, conclusions and connections that are wildly speculative at times, yet absolutely refreshing and interesting.

What distinguishes Kittler from many other writers is his ardent refusal of any trope; historiographically and theoretically. So, if you're inte This is a rather concise wrap-up of all things Kittlerian: there's the anti-humanism, there's the sexism, there's the insistence on media and technology, there's the bellicism and so forth.

So, if you're interested in media, technology and the coming of optical media, and want to get a narrative that is more than just the usual erudite scholarship, this is the book for you. May come with rants about political correctness and bizarre remarks on kama-sutra, tho Apr 21, Zoe rated it liked it. His understanding is too technical. It always gets problematic whenever scholars from the humanitarian side get too much involved in science.

This is not a comment just out of this one book. It's after quite a bit read of media theories. However, it is nevertheless a different angle. Oct 05, Michael rated it it was amazing. Accessible, Hegel-influenced view on the history of image technology. For the most part the writing style is clear and the English translation seems accurate, though there may be a few misunderstood points. Consistently good quality and surprisingly good grasp of technical matters for someone with a background in German literature, with only a few surprising gaffs.

Dec 13, Steen Ledet rated it really liked it Shelves: code , media , materialism , philosophy , posthuman. Fascinating book on how images and illusions grew historically into cinema, which was anticipated centuries ago. Jun 10, A. More sensical. Still problematic. Chelsea rated it really liked it Feb 09, Shawna rated it it was amazing Aug 11, Eww rated it it was amazing Apr 24, Lacey rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Joanna Pennyworth rated it did not like it Apr 18, Anita rated it really liked it Sep 22, Benjamin rated it it was amazing Apr 03, Knar rated it liked it Oct 19, Djumatz rated it really liked it Nov 09, Kristina Reardon rated it liked it Mar 05, Ana Bezelga rated it it was amazing Aug 06, Nikita Rasskazov rated it really liked it Jan 10, Sarah rated it it was amazing Jun 28, Serge Filatov rated it really liked it Jul 22, Rachel E rated it it was amazing Jan 09, Tom Lamberty rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Dave rated it really liked it Jun 30, Jason rated it really liked it Jun 19, Frenchfold rated it really liked it Dec 04, Mark Wood rated it liked it Mar 31, Corinne rated it really liked it Sep 24, Brooke rated it really liked it Oct 14, Ashanka rated it really liked it Jun 23, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Readers also enjoyed. About Friedrich A. Friedrich A. Friedrich Kittler was a literary scholar and a media theorist. Kittler is influential in the new approach to media theory that grew popular starting in the s Kittler's central project is to "prove to the human sciences [ Kittler sees an autonomy in technology and therefore disagrees with Marshall McLuhan's reading of the media as "extensions of man": "Media are not pseudopods for extending the human body.

They follow the logic of escalation that leaves a written history behind it. Among Kittler's theses was his tendency to argue, with a mixture of polemicism, apocalypticism, erudition, and humor, that technological conditions were closely bound up with epistemology and ontology itself.

In , Kittler received his doctorate in philosophy after a thesis on the poet Conrad Ferdinand Meyer. Between and he worked as academic assistant at the university's Deutsches Seminar.

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Optical Media. Friedrich Kittler. He begins by looking at European painting since the Renaissance in order to discern the principles according to which modern optical perception was organised. Kittler also discusses the development of various mechanical devices, like the camera obscura and the laterna magica, which were closely connected to the printing press and which played a pivotal role in the media war between the Reformation and the Counterreformation. After examining this history, Kittler then addresses the ways in which images were first stored and made to move through the development of photography and film. The central question, however, is the impact of film on the ancient monopoly of writing, as it not only provoked new forms of competition for novelists but also fundamentally altered the status of books.

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