Alone Together (Monadology and Media Life)

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  • http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/ge/leibniz.htm monadology was a summary of his philosophy for european royalty in the early 1700s it aimed to combine reason and faith and overcome the mind body problem divided everything into universal elements (monads) all connected, but also operating separately the fundamental monad is God (as evidenced by the harmonious operation of all monads) compare to the fist empirical mapping of molecules and atoms in the 1860s interesting: “every organic body of a living being is a kind of divine machine or natural automaton” The monadological approach presents a way of thinking about being isolated and connected in media at the same time without this state of being representing some kind of final composite of being alone and together.
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  • ARTIFACTS: personalized, networked, converged, portable/wireless, screenbased
  • culture – economy - politics
  • Alone Together (Monadology and Media Life)

    1. 1. <ul><li>alone together in media life </li></ul><ul><li>what if we are all just “windowless monads”? </li></ul><ul><li>that is: connected to everyone/everything else </li></ul><ul><li>but simultaneously isolated from the world… </li></ul><ul><li>what is being alone in media? </li></ul><ul><li>what are examples of interconnection in media? </li></ul><ul><li>when can you be both at the same time ? </li></ul>
    2. 9. “ The monad, of which we will speak here, is nothing else than a simple substance, which goes to make up compounds”
    3. 10. “ The monads have no windows through which anything may come in or go out”
    4. 11. “ In this matter the Cartesians have fallen into a serious error, in that they […] believe that spirits alone are monads and that there are no souls of animals or other entelechies”
    5. 13. “ this interconnection, relationship, or this adaptation of all things to each particular one, and of each one to all the rest, brings it about that every simple substance has relations which express all the others and that it is consequently a perpetual living mirror of the universe”
    6. 14. “ all matter is connected”
    7. 15. the challenge: to come up with examples of how we can be alone together in media in ways that have an ethical and/or aesthetical impact in the real world.
    8. 19. the challenge: to come up with examples of how we can be alone together in media in ways that have an ethical and/or aesthetical impact in the real world.
    9. 20. CULTURE
    10. 21. ECONOMY
    11. 22. POLITICS

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