- Title: Hiding
- Author: Mark C. Taylor
- ISBN: 9780226791593
- Page: 278
- Format: Paperback
The age of information, media, and virtuality is transforming every aspect of human experience Questions that have long haunted the philosophical imagination are becoming urgent practical concerns Where does the natural end and the artificial begin Is there a difference between the material and the immaterial In his new work, Mark C Taylor extends his ongoing investigThe age of information, media, and virtuality is transforming every aspect of human experience Questions that have long haunted the philosophical imagination are becoming urgent practical concerns Where does the natural end and the artificial begin Is there a difference between the material and the immaterial In his new work, Mark C Taylor extends his ongoing investigation of postmodern worlds by critically examining a wide range of contemporary cultural practices.Nothing defines postmodernism so well as its refusal of depth, its emphasis on appearance and spectacle, its tendency to collapse a three dimensional world in which image and reality are distinct into a two dimensional world in which they merge The postmodern world, Taylor argues, is a world of surfaces, and the postmodern condition is one of profound superficiality.For many cultural commentators, postmodernism s inescapable play of surfaces is cause for despair Taylor, on the other hand, shows that the disappearance of depth in postmodern culture is actually a liberation repleat with creative possibilities Taylor introduces readers to a popular culture in which detectives the postmodern heroes of Paul Auster and Dennis Potter lift surfaces only to find surfaces, and in which fashion advertising plays transparency against hiding Taylor looks at the contemporary preoccupation with body piercing and tattooing, and asks whether these practices actually reveal or conceal Phrenology and skin diseases, the religious architecture of Las Vegas, the limitless spread of computer networks all are brought within the scope of Taylor s brilliant analysis Postmodernism, he shows, has given us a new sense of the superficial, one in which the issue is not the absence of meaning but its uncontrollable, ecstatic proliferation.Embodying the very tendencies it analyzes, Hiding is unique Conceived and developed with well known designers Michael Rock and Susan Sellars, this work transgresses the boundary that customarily separates graphic design from the story within a text The product of nearly three decades of reflection and writing, Hiding opens a window on contemporary culture To follow the remarkable course Taylor charts is to see both our present and past differently and to encounter a future as disorienting as it is alluring.
Recent Comments "Hiding"
This was written in the early days of virtual reality I read it 20 years later So we are kinda over it now.Theory is heady business and I guess I shouldn t be too hard on these folks but dayumm y all really stretch things a bit That whole thing on Luxor in Vegas I am a character in the movie The line between the real and the virtual blurred Since about 7 years of age my brain has been able to distinguish between the real and the imaginary Yeah, yeah, yeah I get your point It s not quite a painti [...]
I read maybe half, maybe two thirds of this book for my senior thesis and was absolutely blown away There is a fascinating merging of imagination, inquiry, indecision, honesty, images, and confusion and I was pulled in immediately I didn t know what I was getting myself into as I picked up a neon pink unquestionably literary and philosophical work and didn t know what I had read when I emerged, but I know that the encounter was incredible I m shocked I haven t returned to it to finish what I sta [...]
Complex inquiry into surface depth, inside outside through contemporary art, fashion, architecture
i haven t read the whole thing, just snippets but i liked what i read taylor gets a little too heady sometimes, not that that is a bad thing, but not so much in this writing.
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