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Re: <nettime> Friedrich Kittler
Geert Lovink on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 23:22:19 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Friedrich Kittler

Thanks a lot for posting this, Tim.

Kittler's dead, for me, somehow mixes in a weird way with OWS and the Eurocrisis.

Something is shifting. In a way I associate Kittler's work with the WWII and the Cold War and the broader history of media and cybernetics of the 20st century.

He died way too young. This is what concerns me most, to be honest.

It is (or was?) such an odd mix, his timely and untimely character. And odd politics: being in fact a very strange radical hippy conservative with no ties to the Left and yet providing the progressive social movements, artists and critics with so new insights and questions concerning the dubious 'nature' of the media technologies we are all involved in.

All the best from Geert

On 27 Oct 2011, at 11:13 PM, Timothy Druckrey wrote:

No doubt lengthy paeans will be forthcoming from the Kittler
scholars. They will be, of course, well deserved for a thinker whose
work traversed so many spheres. For us in the media, Kittler's work
has been an indispensable source of rigor and insight. Back in 1987,
I read the first chapter of Gramophone, Film, Typewriter in the
journal October. After that, his name surfaced in many sources and I
read everything I could find with voracious interest. He was
regularly in the media festivals and his intense presence was a stark
challenge to the kind of idiosyncratic history that was/is still so
prevalent in the media sphere.

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