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Digital Aesthetics (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society) (Hardcover)

By: Sean Cubitt (Author)

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Why do computers have typewriter keyboards and look like televisions? Where did the idea of networks come from, and why are they shaped the way they are? Why should we take digital aesthetics seriously? These questions and many more lead from a discussion of the historical formation of digital culture and its impact on contemporary life.

Digital Aesthetics looks beyond the computer culture that we have, the book asks what kind of culture we might or should have. The question of digital aesthetics is also a question about the future. Crucially it is a question that goes beyond design issues and taste and leads to the issue of digital ethics.

This is the book to investigate the aesthetic nature and purposes of computer culture in the contemporary world. It casts a cool eye on the claims of cybertopians, tracing the globalization of the new medium and enquiring into its effects on subjectivity and sociality. Drawing on historical scholarship, philosophical aesthetics and the literature of cyberculture, the author argues for a genuine democracy beyond the limitations of the free market and the global corporation. Digital arts are identified as having a vital part to play in this process. Written in a balanced and penetrating style, the book both conveniently summarizes a huge body of literature and sets a new agenda for research and theory.

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