Media Hot and Cold (häftad)
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
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Duke University Press
32 illustrations
229 x 152 x 16 mm
400 g
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423:B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound on White w/Matte Lam

Media Hot and Cold

Häftad,  Engelska, 2022-01-11
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In Media Hot and Cold Nicole Starosielski examines the cultural dimensions of temperature to theorize the ways heat and cold can be used as a means of communication, subjugation, and control. Diving into the history of thermal media, from infrared cameras to thermostats to torture sweatboxes, Starosielski explores the many meanings and messages of temperature. During the twentieth century, heat and cold were broadcast through mass thermal media. Today, digital thermal media such as bodily air conditioners offer personalized forms of thermal communication and comfort. Although these new media promise to help mitigate the uneven effects of climate change, Starosielski shows how they can operate as a form of biopower by determining who has the ability to control their own thermal environment. In this way, thermal media can enact thermal violence in ways that reinforce racialized, colonial, gendered, and sexualized hierarchies. By outlining how the control of temperature reveals power relations, Starosielski offers a framework to better understand the dramatic transformations of hot and cold media in the twenty-first century.
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Nicole Starosielski awakens our senses from their thermal slumber. Hot and cool, warm and cold are not only metaphors; they shape worlds. I finished this book with the caloric throb of the universe humming in my ears. Starosielski's media analysis is wonderfully both elemental and critical: temperature reveals both ontology and injustice. Media Hot and Cold invites us to a noncoercive rearrangement of affect. -- John Durham Peters, Yale University In this dynamic and intellectually dazzling book, Nicole Starosielski grapples with complex technical principles of communication while framing them as historically and culturally conditioned and as politically and economically motivated. Starosielski's reconsideration of foundational communication modelslooking beyond sender-receiver toward a more ambient and atmospheric sensibilityis necessary in an age when ubiquitous, continuous computing is fundamentally altering the atmosphere that hosts its signals. Media Hot and Cold is a model of innovative and masterful interdisciplinarity. -- Shannon Mattern, author of * A City is not a Computer: Other Urban Intelligences * "The intense media focus on climate change makes this meditation on the cultural significance of temperature coolly topical." -- Andrew Robinson * Nature * Apart from media studies students and scholars, anyone interested in temperature and how it is managed, controlled, manipulated, and distributed will find Media Hot and Cold an incredible story of how temperatures determine lived experience. In this final call to arms, Starosielski polemicizes a future for media studies attendant to its world-building and world-sustaining capacities. -- Samir Bhowmik * Film Quarterly * "To walk into the world of Nicole Starosielskis Media Hot and Cold is to see familiar shapes with new intensities." -- Kyle Stine * ISLE *

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Nicole Starosielski is Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, author of The Undersea Network, and coeditor of Assembly Codes: The Logistics of Media, both also published by Duke University Press.


Acknowledgments ix Preface: Of Temperature xiii Introduction: Media Hot and Cold 1 Part I 1. Thermostat: The Thermal Subjects of Broadcast Temperature 31 2. Coldsploitation: The Thermal Attractions of Cool Air 72 3. Sweatbox: The Thermal Violence of Weaponized Heat 109 Part II 4. Heat Ray: The Thermal Circuits of Radiant Media 135 5. Infrared Camera: The Thermal Vision of Heat Images 166 6. Computer: The Coldward Course of Media 191 Conclusion: Media after the Melt 219 Notes 225 Bibliography 255 Index 273