This talk will take a progressive step back onto the media theory outlined in Günther Anders’s central work The Obsolescence of Human Beings Vol. 1 (1956). Building on Anders’s account of “Promethean Shame”, which he defines as the “shame in view of the humiliatingly high quality of human made technologies”, I will turn to a branch of online humour to discuss the relevance of Anders’s uncannily prescient work to the study of digital platforms.
7 Oct 2021
University of Canberra, Australia, Australian Capital Territory