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New Media, Cultural Studies, and Critical Theory after Postmodernism: Automodernity from Zizek to Laclau [Hardcover]

Robert Samuels

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Dec 8 2009 0230619819 978-0230619814
This book argues that we have moved into a new cultural period, automodernity, which represents a social, psychological, and technological reaction to postmodernity. In fact, by showing how individual autonomy is now being generated through technological and cultural automation, Samuels posits that we must rethink modernity and postmodernity. Part of this rethinking entails stressing how the progressive political aspects of postmodernism need to be separated from the aesthetic consumption of differences in automoderntiy. Choosing culturally relevant studies of The Matrix, Grand Theft Auto, Eminem and Jurassic Park, he interprets these medias through the lens of eminent theorists like Slavoj Zizek, Frederic Jameson, and Henry Jenkins. Ultimately, he argues that what defines postmodernity is the stress on social construction, secular humanism, and progressive social movements that challenge the universality and neutrality of modern reason.

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“Earnest, relentless, and frequently compelling, Samuels offers a sobering analysis of some of the ways that cultural studies, new media, and the university itself have failed our hopes for democracy. You won't agree with everything in this book, but you'll pop onto his blog to argue with him about it.”--Marc Bousquet, Author of How The University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation

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Robert Samuels is President of the University of California, American Federation of Teachers faculty union, and a Lecturer in the Writing Programs at UCLA. He is the author of several books including Integrating Hypertextual Subject: Computers, Composition, and Academic Labor and Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance.


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