Towards “Post-Digital”. A Media Theory to Re-Think the Digital Revolution

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Francesco Striano

Abstract

Can we say we live in a post-digital condition? It depends. This paper sets out to distinguish between the current mass digital culture and an authentic post-digital culture.

If we mean “post-digital” as the full internalization and awareness of the result of the so-called digital revolution, then it is necessary a philosophical work to discuss related problems, identify the causes and propose solutions.

An authentic philosophy of digital will, however, have to start from a clarification of the terms and basic objects of its investigation. Here media theory is inserted as an analytical tool: the purpose of this essay is to outline a road map for a good media theory that interfaces with questions of definition of digital, also in light of the notions of space, time, and matter. As will be seen, the description given here for a “good media theory” does, in fact, coincide with an already existing – and inserted in the contemporary debate – school. In conclusion we will try to delineate the field of philosophical inquiry opened by the clarification brought by the previous analysis, and to suggest a general framework within which philosophy will have to move in order to finally reach the authentic post-digital condition.

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Striano, F. (2019). Towards “Post-Digital”. A Media Theory to Re-Think the Digital Revolution. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 10(1), 83-93. https://doi.org/10.14746/eip.2019.1.7
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Francesco Striano, North-West Italy Philosophy Consortium, University of Turin

Francesco Striano is PhD candidate at the Northwest Italy Philosophy Consortium (FINO) – Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy). From November 2017 to September 2018 he was also visiting researcher at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Fachgebiet Medienwissenschaft). He obtained both his bachelor and master degrees at the Università degli Studi di Genova (Italy) with thesis focused on the philosophy of technology and on the thought of authors such as Anders and Simondon. Currently his research is aimed to a philosophical approach to media studies, with particular reference to digital media, optical media, screens and interfaces. He is also a member of HermeNet (Hermeneutic Research Network).

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