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3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction but misleading title., 22 July 2011
This review is from: Kittler and the Media (TM - Theory and Media) (Paperback)
This book is a concise introduction to Friedrich Kittler, a German philosopher / theorist whose work is slowly gaining attention in the English speaking world. His work is often noted as having 3 distinct phases, which are covered chronologically here. The book is easy to read (providing you are up to speed with this kind of thinking, see below) and is certainly the best introduction I have read to Kittler's work.

By the end of the book I felt that I had a basic grasp of his major theories, however this was only possible due to my prior knowledge of the works of Foucault, Heidegger and Lacan, which are heavily referenced here. The author presupposes the reader has a decent grounding in poststructuralist / postmodern theory. Be warned, if this does not apply to you the book will at times be difficult to follow. The author also makes occasional references in German and classic Greek, sometimes offering translation, sometimes not.

I'd like to give the book 4 stars, however I feel that the title is a bit misleading. The book doesn't specifically cover Kittler's views on `The Media' i.e. modern mass media which the title suggests. There are fleeting mentions but only in the general context of his genealogy of theory. Students of communications / media who will probably buy this book may not find his musings on the Greek alphabet and lovemaking gods relevant. There were also a few typos towards the end of the book.
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