By Scott Bukatman
Drawing on a variety of modern theories of the postmodern—including Fredric Jameson, Donna Haraway, and Jean Baudrillard—Bukatman starts with the proposition that Western tradition is affliction a main issue as a result of complicated digital applied sciences. Then in a sequence of chapters richly supported by way of analyses of literary texts, visible arts, movie, video, tv, comics, desktop video games, and pix, Bukatman takes the reader on an odyssey that strains the postmodern topic from its present hindrance, via its shut encounters with expertise, and eventually to new self-recognition. This new "virtual subject," as Bukatman defines it, situates the human and the technological as coexistent, codependent, and mutally defining.
Synthesizing the main provocative theories of postmodern tradition with a really encyclopedic remedy of the appropriate media, this quantity units a brand new commonplace within the learn of technology fiction—a class that itself can be redefined in mild of this paintings. Bukatman not just bargains the main distinctive map thus far of the highbrow terrain of postmodern know-how studies—he arrives at new frontiers, delivering a propitious launching aspect for extra inquiries into the connection of digital know-how and culture.