Dr John Lenarcic (RMIT School of Business IT and Logistics) curiously explores the big ideas of Friedrich Kittler.
Friedrich Kittler (1943-2011) was a German literary scholar, post-structuralist philosopher and media theorist with wide-ranging interests.
After all, it is we who adapt to the machine. The machine does not adapt to us.
In monographs such as “Discourse Networks 1800/1900” (1985) and “Gramophone, Film, Typewriter” (1986), Kittler, who was once dubbed “the Derrida of the digital age”, advanced an essentially deterministic stance on the impending autonomy of media machines that was a counterpoint to more optimistic notions of technology being a human prostheses.
With the mythic renaissance of the robot apocalypse being in vogue, the thoughts of Friedrich Kittler are more relevant than ever.