05 March 2008

Deep Time of the Media

There's little doubt that the multithreaded developments of media have numerous unresolved histories and that an enormous task of retrieval and conceptualization has yet to be achieved. How a media archaeology can constitute itself against self-legitimation or self-reflexivity is crucial if it is to circumvent the reinvention of unifying, progressive, cyclical, or "anticipatory" history -- even as it is challenged to constitute these very vague histories as an antidote to the gaping lapses in traditional historiography. Indeed it is this very problem that afflicts media archaeology. The mere rediscovery of the forgotten, the establishment of oddball paleontologies, of idiosyncratic genealogies, uncertain lineages, the excavation of antique technologies or images, the account of erratic technical developments, are in themselves, insufficient to the building of a coherent discursive methodology.
Timothy Druckrey, foreward to Siegfried Zielinski's Deep Time of the Media

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