RIXC has published a Latvian translation of Erik Davis book "Techgnosis", which first was issued in 1998. Ranging from the printing press to the telegraph, from radio to the Internet, TechGnosis peels away the utilitarian shell of technology to reveal the mystical and millennialist expectations that permeate the history of technology, and especially information technology.
"Erik Davis has written one of the best media studies books ever published."
--Bruce Sterling, author of The Hacker Crackdown and co-founder of the Dead Media Project
The book shows how the religious imagination, far from disappearing in our supposedly secular age, continues to feed the utopian dreams, apocalyptic visions, digital phantasms, and alien obsessions that populate today's "technological unconscious." In turn, TechGnosis also shows how the language and ideas of the information society have shaped and even transformed many aspects of contemporary spirituality. In the end, the book gestures towards a vision of "the network path": a global, pluralistic perspective capable of grappling with some of the forces that are currently tearing us apart: spirit and science, modernity and nihilism, technology and the human.
The book (the tranlsation in Latvian) can be ordered via PayPal:
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