Review by Choice Review
This collection of writings by German media theorist Ernst (Humboldt Univ., Berlin) is the first to be published in English. Parikka (media and design, Winchester School of Art, Univ. of Southampton, UK) introduces these exemplars of Ernst's groundbreaking ideas about the temporality of archives (time-critical media, in other words), and this assemblage will undoubtedly shape the way that researchers and academicians consider the digital humanities. Ernst develops his essays on a range of topics: method, memories, archives, and "distory" (cinema and historical discourse). In a particularly fascinating chapter about how the archive may become metaphorical in multimedia space, Ernst cautions that one can easily slip into telling media stories even while claiming to be analyzing media archaeology. This book is critical for those interested in the creation and preservation of cultural memory and history. Other works have examined the theoretical challenges of studying digital culture, including Parikka's What Is Media Archaeology? (2012), but only Ernst offers a philosophically textured and comprehensive understanding of this subject via an accessible narrative style. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and researchers. K. L. Majocha University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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