The internet and the death of everything

AUTHOR: Bryan Alexander

A blog post entitled ” The death of everything: How emerging technologies change ways of knowing and being” draws our attention to the fairly murderous rhetoric sometimes attached to new media.

“Corporate media giants are “killing” photojournalism;
Digital audio signals the “death” of analog audio.
Citizen shutterbugs with digital happy snap cameras signal the “death” of news photography;
Digital video signals the “death” of film…”

This signals a connection to the internet as horrible, threatening place meme. It also suggests a link to social Darwinism, with its fetish of competitive violence.
Moreover, the blogger goes on to link this discourse with an uncritical obsession with speed.

It’s a good, short piece, identifying a discourse worth thinking about.

Information ecology note: I found it through del.icio.us, via one feed I subscribe to.

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4 Responses to The internet and the death of everything

  1. Interesting post. Another example of this would be computer games. Stefan Blomberg in the lab does work on retro gaming and he has written an article in Swedish on earlier games and game systems being dead. Also here it is about evolution and speed, and not least, about commercial interests.

  2. Bryan says:

    Which is very different from computer games abut death, dying, decay, and so on. I suppose such cybertexts afford an oblique commentary on this problem.

  3. Patrik says:

    I would like to see more linguistic research along these lines – looking at the construction of old technologies as death for instance (as well as many other constructions in relation to technology). Studies which took into account the system (because it is not just about single words or phrases) – it is a kind of frame or metaphorical system.

  4. I appreciate your comments on my post, “The death of everything.” I think my background in rhetorical criticism combined visual semiotics makes me curious about how we use language to symbolize the uncertainty of societal and technological change. I was wondering what it must have been like for an old-time blacksmith to change a tire for the first time.

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