"This is a collection of inter-related essays on the postmillennial mediascape. Focusing on the neglected significance of the object within today's discourse networks, Avoiding the Subject extends the formal possibilities of cultural criticism by highlighting feedback loops between philosophy, technology, and politics. Students and teachers of visual culture, critical theory, cultural studies, film theory, and new media will find a wealth of ideas and insights in this fresh approach to the electronic environment."--BOOK JACKET.
Table of contents: Acknowledgements Introduction The Influence of Anxiety Chapter 1: The Aesthetic Object A break in Transmission: Art, Appropriation and Accumulation Chapter 2: The Love Object Relations with Concrete Others (or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Berlin Wall) Chapter 3: The Elusive Object "Look at the Bunny": The Rabbit as Virtual Totem (or, What Roger Rabbit Can Teach Us About the Second Gulf War) Chapter 4: The Media(ted) Object From September 11 to the 7-11: Popular Propaganda and the Internet's War on Terrorism Chapter 5: The Shared Object Abandoned Commonplaces: Some Belated Thoughts on Big Brother Chapter 6: The Moveable Object Public Transport: Jaunting from the Spaceship Nomad to the HSS Tampa Chapter 7: The Foreign Object The Floating Life of Fallen Angels Unsettled Communities and Hong Kong Cinema Chapter 8: The Abject Object Sovereignty, Sacrifice and the Sacred in Contemporary Australian Politics Conclusion A Spanner in the Works Notes Index
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