By Jussi Parikka
Media background is thousands, even billions, of years previous. that's the premise of this pioneering and provocative e-book, which argues that to effectively comprehend modern media tradition we needs to set out from fabric realities that precede media themselves—Earth’s historical past, geological formations, minerals, and effort. And to take action, writes Jussi Parikka, is to confront the profound environmental and social implications of this ubiquitous, yet rarely ephemeral, realm of modern day life.
Exploring the source depletion and fabric resourcing required for us to take advantage of our units to reside networked lives, Parikka grounds his research in Siegfried Zielinski’s broadly mentioned suggestion of deep time—but takes it again millennia. not just are infrequent earth minerals and lots of different fabrics had to make our electronic media machines paintings, he observes, yet used and out of date media applied sciences go back to the earth as residue of electronic tradition, contributing to becoming layers of poisonous waste for destiny archaeologists to think of. He exhibits that those fabrics needs to be thought of along the usually risky and exploitative exertions procedures that refine them into the units underlying our doubtless digital or immaterial practices.
A Geology of Media demonstrates that the surroundings doesn't simply encompass our media cultural world—it runs via it, permits it, and hosts it in an period of unheard of weather swap. whereas having a look backward to Earth’s far away prior, it additionally appears to be like ahead to a extra expansive media theory—and, implicitly, media activism—to come.
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21 Such lists of metals and materials of technology include critical materials, including rare earth minerals that are increasingly at the center of both global political controversies of tariffs and export restrictions from China. They are also related to the debates concerning the environmental damage caused by extensive open-pit mining massively reliant on chemical processes. Indeed, if the actual rock mined is likely to contain less than 1 percent of copper,22 it means that the pressure is on the chemical processes of teasing out the Cu for further refined use in our technological devices.
Indeed, it might have displaced biblical time but introduced the earth in an odd way almost as if a transcendent entity outside historical change. 41 Both seemed to believe in universal laws governing the empirical world. The embedded cyclicality, of course, offers a fruitful view to erosions and renewals. For Zielinski, geological metaphors offer a way to investigate technological culture, but for Hutton, the planet is a machine. 43 Such ideas inspired various visualizations of the deep time of the earth that machinates through the life-enabling media of the soil.
The different sets of knowledge formations pertaining to the natural and to the moral are also the context for two different modes of temporal order. The time of the human concerns differs from the geological, which, however, is argued to be a radical dynamic force that affects life across the boundaries of the organic and the nonorganic. And yet it was a necessity to keep these separated, despite that modern institutions were increasingly interested in such durations that surpassed the human: geological and biological (in sciences of the evolution).