Uncovering the insect logic that informs contemporary media technologies and the network society

Uncovering the insect logic that informs contemporary media technologies and the network society
By Jussi Parikka
University of Minnesota Press | 320 pages | 2010
ISBN 978-0-8166-6740-6 | paperback | $25.00
ISBN 978-0-8166-6739-0 | hardcover  | $75.00
Posthumanities Series, volume 11

Insect Media analyzes how insect forms of social organization—swarms, hives, webs, and distributed intelligence—have been used to structure modern media technologies and the network society. Through close engagement with the pioneering work of insect ethologists, posthumanist philosophers, media theorists, and contemporary filmmakers and artists, Jussi Parikka provides a radical new perspective on the interconnection of biology and technology.

“With Insect Media Jussi Parikka offers a theory of media that challenges our traditional views of the natural and the artificial. Parikka not only understands insects through the lens of media and mediation, he also unearths an insect logic at the heart of our contemporary fascination with networks, swarming, and intelligent agents. Such a project requires the ability to interweave cultural theory with a deep understanding of the sciences—something for which Parikka is well-suited. Most importantly, Insect Media reminds us of the non-human aspect of media, communication, intelligence. Insect Media is a book that is sure to create a buzz.” —Eugene Thacker, author of After Life

Jussi Parikka is reader in media theory and history at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and director of the Cultures of the Digital Economy (CODE) Institute. He is author of Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses and coeditor of The Spam Book and Media Archaeologies.

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