Mobile Media Technologies and Poiēsis

Rediscovering How We Use Technology to Cultivate Meaning in a Nihilistic World

Authors: Battin, Justin Michael

  • Moves discussions in the area from a focus on issues surrounding objects to an investigation on how individuals interact with objects themselves and the relationship that creates
  • Applies Heidegger’s inquiries to mobile media technology use through material drawing upon methodologies and thinking from anthropology, cultural geography, and phenomenological philosophy
  • Explores how use of mobile media technologies, particularly for access to social media sites, can reveal fundamental aspects of what it means to be human in the western technological age, particularly with an eye towards community and the presentation of self
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This book intertwines phenomenological fieldwork with a wide range of Heidegger’s writings to explore how our everyday uses of mobile media technologies permit a unique avenue to rediscover poiēsis, our creative cultivation that is simultaneously a bringing forth, a revealing. Shining a light on poiēsis better allows us to see how human beings are, at their core, dwellers that disclose worlds and cultivate meaning. In our chaotic modern world, our ability to appreciate this foundational feature of our existence seems to be fading from view. Such forgetting has fractured our confidence; we increasingly question, doubt, and struggle with what unfolds before us. This book thus argues that we ought to look towards our intimate and recursive mobile media practices as the avenue for which we can revitalize poiēsis, as doing so allows us a purview into how we are always situated in a meaningful locale, playing an imperative role in its continued cultivation.

About the authors

Justin Michael Battin is Assistant Professor of English Cultures and Literatures at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. His research interests include media anthropology, the philosophy of technology, and Heidegger’s phenomenology, all of which have culminated to provide the foundation for this book.

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“Battin’s is a new and distinctive voice for phenomenological media studies. With particular reference to Heidegger’s philosophy, but also citing a range of phenomenologically inspired work in the humanities and social sciences, Battin focuses on matters of dwelling in this exploration of the everyday uses of mobile media technologies.” (Shaun Moores, Professor of Media and Communications, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Battin, Justin Michael

    Pages 1-17

  • Situating Heidegger for the Study of Mobile Media Technology Use

    Battin, Justin Michael

    Pages 19-49

  • This Technology is a Part of Me

    Battin, Justin Michael

    Pages 51-77

  • The Immaterial as Traversable

    Battin, Justin Michael

    Pages 79-106

  • Our Relationship to the Technological Self

    Battin, Justin Michael

    Pages 107-138

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eBook £53.99
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Hardcover £67.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-59796-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mobile Media Technologies and Poiēsis
Book Subtitle
Rediscovering How We Use Technology to Cultivate Meaning in a Nihilistic World
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59797-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59797-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59796-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 167
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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