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TechGnosis : myth, magic & mysticism in the age of information
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  • TechGnosis : myth, magic & mysticism in the age of information
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  • North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California : cop. 2015
  • 2015
  • Språk: Engelska.
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Edition Statement
  • Reissue.
Physical Description
  • XXVI, 423 pages ; 23 cm
General Note
  • On cover: new foreword by Eugene Thacker.
  • Originally published: [2004].
Bibliography, etc. Note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-405) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
  • Introduction: Crossed wires -- Imagining technologies -- The alchemical fire -- The gnostic infonaut -- Techgnosis, American-style -- The spiritual cyborg -- A most enchanting machine -- Cyberspace: the virtual craft -- The alien call -- Datapocalypse -- Third mind from the sun -- The path is a network.
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  • A reissue of a classic media studies book exploring the connection between digital and spiritual realms and their effects on technological communication.
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  • 978-1-58394-930-6
  • 1-58394-930-5
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How does our fascination with technology intersect with the religious imagination? In TechGnosis- a cult classic of media studies, now back in print-Erik Davis argues that while the realms of the digital and the spiritual may seem firmly disengaged, mystical and esoteric impulses have in fact always permeated (and sometimes inspired) technological communication. A pioneer in scholarly discussions of the occult side of technology, Erik Davis has been called "the father of network mysticism" by Dazed Digital and compared to Marshall McLuhan by Howard Rheingold.

TechGnosis opens with a discussion of two technologies that are foundations of modern digital communication- the technology of writing (and its connections to the hermetic tradition) and the technology of electricity (which is deeply infused with mystical and alchemical ideas). Davis proceeds to draw connections between such seemingly disparate things as online roleplaying games and religious and occult practices; virtual reality and ancient gnostic mythology; programming languages and channeled texts. The final chapters address both apocalyptic and utopian dreams of the future of technology, providing historical context as well as new models for how to think and feel our way through an amazing, confusing, and disturbing time. This new edition features a foreword by Eugene Thacker as well as a new afterword reflecting on surveillance; the current tech bubble; the growth of superheroes, horror, and other "uncanny cultures" online; the growing backlash against technology; and the need to revitalize the cosmic imagination.

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