Week 3 (Sept. 26)


Bernard Stiegler—Memory (from Critical Terms for Media Studies) (2010)

Anna Munster—An Aesthesia of Networks, Ch. 4: Going Viral: Contagion as Networked Affect, Networked Refrain (2013)

Donna Haraway—A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century (p. 5-90) (1985)


John Johnston—The Allure of Machinic Life, Ch. 4: Machinic Philosophy: Assemblages, Information, Chaotic Flow (selections) (2008)

Grégoire Chamayou—Theory of the Drone, Ch. 4: Surveillance and Annihilation (2013)

N. Katherine Hayles—How We Became Posthuman

Steve Goodman – Outbreak (Ch. 26), The Earworm (Ch. 27) and Déjà Entendu (Ch. 28) (2010)

The two chapters which bookend The Earworm deal respectively with memetic replication and circulation (problematizing Dawkins meme theory in the process and including a section on L. Ron Hubbard’s refiguring of the “engram” qua cellular recording), and audio virology, seen through Deleuze, Bergson and Whitehead.

Anahid Kassabian – Ubiquitous Listening (2001)

Describes listening as a parallel process in a media-saturated environment of schizophonically distributed electronic signals.

Robert Sumrell and Kalis Varnelis – The Stimulus Progression: Muzak (2007)

Great historical overview of Muzak from its Fordist incarnation (“stimulus progression”) to post-Fordist metastatic mutations (“quantum modulation”).

Plato – Meno

In which the theory of knowledge as recollection (anamnesis) is posited (among many other issues).

Plato – Phaedrus

In which the hypomnemata of writing is critiqued as false knowledge, setting the stage for an equally false opposition between anamnesis and hypomnesis, which persists to this day.

Jacques Derrida – Plato’s Pharmacy (from Dissemination) (1968)

Takes up the issue of the “pharmakon” raised in Phaedrus, that which is simultaneous poison and cure, and which illustrates the impossibility of reducing writing to binary oppositions. “Read this letter now at once many times and burn it.” (Socrates)

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