Mobile Media Technologies and Poiēsis. Rediscovering How We Use Technology to Cultivate Meaning in a Nihilistic World

Justin Michael Battin

This book intertwines phenomenological fieldwork with a wide range of Heidegger’s writings to explore how our everyday uses of mobile media technologies permit a unique avenue to rediscover poiēsis, our creative cultivation that is simultaneously a bringing forth, a revealing. Shining a light on poiēsis better allows us to see how human beings are, at their core, dwellers that disclose worlds and cultivate meaning. In our chaotic modern world, our ability to appreciate this foundational feature of our existence seems to be fading from view. Such forgetting has fractured our confidence; we increasingly question, doubt, and struggle with what unfolds before us. This book thus argues that we ought to look towards our intimate and recursive mobile media practices as the avenue for which we can revitalize poiēsis, as doing so allows us a purview into how we are always situated in a meaningful locale, playing an imperative role in its continued cultivation.

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Justin Michael Battin. Mobile Media Technologies and Poiēsis. Rediscovering How We Use Technology to Cultivate Meaning in a Nihilistic World, Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2017.
Pages: 167
ISBN: 978-3-319-59796-6, ebook 978-3-319-59797-3
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