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A Study on the Letter and Literature in the Kittler's Media Theory

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2018, 53(), pp.327-358
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.53.0.10
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Published : February 28, 2018

Choi so young 1

1홍익대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper attempts to find out whether the letter is an obsolete medium or it is still powerful in the discussion of media theorist Friedrich Kittler. Kittler calls literature ‘writing technology’ and criticizes existing literature studies that do not respect the book's data processing method. Therefore, the study of various technological processing methods of the letter is a new literary research suggested by him. In particular, the claim that the literature of our time is the algorithm of a computer program composed of digital languages is unique and interesting. This is due to the fact that most of us are in the ‘illiteracy situation’, though the text media is becoming a digital language and is ubiquitous in our daily life, it reflects the current situation of ‘human’ and ‘literature’. It would be penetrated that this is not mean to narrow down literature into the technological context of ‘letter’ that is constantly assigned new positions in the changes of media environment, but to expand the scope of discourse to ‘testify’ the era of new media and recording technology.

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