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Digitalität als Taktilität : McLuhan, der Computer und die Taste

Heilmann, Till. (2010) Digitalität als Taktilität : McLuhan, der Computer und die Taste. Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft : zfm, H. 3 , S. 131–140.

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Abstract

Marshall McLuhan's media theory is not concerned with a detailed consideration of the technical workings of digital media. The concept of tactility, though, described by McLuhan as the interplay of senses and a comprehensive translation of experience and knowledge, holds the possibility of a new approach to analyzing digital media from a historical and systematic perspective. Digitality can be thought of as one historically determinable implementation of the general principle of tactility. Beside its universality and capacity for representing and integrating earlier media, the digital computer's tactile character manifests itself in the technique and gesture of pressing a button. An indispensable operating element of digital devices, the button functions as the machine's equivalent to the tactile mediations effected by hand and speech; materializing the paradigmatic and syntagmatic logic of the Symbolic, it is a technology of articulation.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie > Fachbereich Medienwissenschaft
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie > Ehemalige Einheiten Philosophie und Medienwissenschaft > Medienwissenschaft (Tholen)
UniBasel Contributors:Heilmann, Till A.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Akademie Verlag
ISSN:1869-1722
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:01 Feb 2013 08:42
Deposited On:11 Oct 2012 15:22

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