Voices of technology: Tentative (w)holes
Colleran, Daniel Ellington
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My thesis deals with the problem of contemporary definitions of technology. Through close readings of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger, J. Hillis Miller, and Herbert Marcuse, I explore ideas of technology that generally run counter to prevailing views. Through the reading of these thinkers the suggestion arises that the concepts we take for granted are not as obvious as they are made to appear and that one-dimensional definitions can be as destructive as they are progressive. The best way to describe my conclusion would be to say that one should not jump to conclusions or so readily define things through momentary glimpses. This tendency gives a false sense of awareness. If a conclusion is reached, it should be accepted only temporarily. Such is the nature of time and, as I discuss in the following thesis, a condition built in to technological mediations.