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2015 | 24/1 | 161-175

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Technophobia and Technophilia in American Postmodern Criticism


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The paper examines critical terminology used with reference to postmodernist aesthetics, e.g. terms such as technological sublime or self-referentiality, through the prism of its relation to the question of technicity. Following the theoretical approaches proposed by Jacques Rancière in The Politics of Aesthetics (2000) and by Bernard Stiegler in Technics and Time (1994) the paper argues that the postmodern visions of mobile textuality, active authorship, and democratic readership are related to particular modes of understanding technicity and its related notions of action and activity as established and consolidated by the transformative effect of the Technological Revolution of late 19th century and its 20th century aftermath.


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