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Cultural-philosophical Consideration on the Digital Media

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2011, (48), pp.65-91
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : July 20, 2011
  • Accepted : August 24, 2011

Kim, Jong-Gyu 1

1하이브리드미래문화연구소

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The aim of this paper is to cultural-philosophically review the bond between digital media and culture, focusing on the dimension of digital convergence. Smart-phone is representative of smart media. Smart media construct the wired society, and are becoming the new variable in building human culture. This phenomenon implies the process of cultural admission of smart media. Thus, in order to explain the bond between digital media and human culture, we must trace the conditions of admitting digital media. The main condition of admitting digital media is the similarity of the both. Digital media have the fundamental character of the convergence media. This character is made by digital convergence in which media are converged. Media convergence is governed by the principle of modularity. This principle is similar with the principle of pars pro toto in human cultural structure. Because both of the principles regulates the relation between parts and whole. The cultural admission of digital media is based on this similarity. However, despite of this similarity, there is difference in the integrating way of the parts. This difference may ingenerate disharmomy between desire which wants to be united communication network and way which meets the desire. The possibility of overcoming this disharmony is found in the change of the reality. The communication network of the digital media asks for the change of reality which does not support the network any more. The changed reality is the mixed reality. The main point of the mixed reality is the deterritorialization. Through this, the virtual and the real are not distinguished any more. In fact, distinguishing between the virtual and the real is originally unfamiliar with the human reality. Because human ‘lived reality’always has hung between the virtual and the real. But our understanding of the mixed reality is based on the dichotomous way of thinking that distinguishes the real from the virtual. This understanding is bringing about the problem of territorialization which tries to control the new reality by the existing way.

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