Technology as Magic

The secret, according to Richard Stivers, in this brilliant new book, lies in the curious relationship between technology and magic.

Author: Richard Stivers

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826413673

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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What gives the mass media, particularly advertising and television, their extraordinary power over our lives, so that even the most jaded and sophisticated among us are troubled and fascinated by their allure? The secret, according to Richard Stivers, in this brilliant new book, lies in the curious relationship between technology and magic. Stivers argues the two are now related to one another in such a way that each has taken on important characteristics of the other. His contention is that our expectations for technology have become magical to the point that they have generated a multitude of imitation technologies that function as magical practices. These imitation technologies flourish in the fields of psychology, management administration, and the mass media, and their paramount purpose in human adjustment and control. Advertising and television programs, in particular, contain the key magical rituals of our civilization.In a fascinating analysis of television programming, Stivers shows how various genres--news, sports, game shows, soap operas, sitcoms, etc.--have their distinct mythological symbols. Through dramatized information, they symbolically connect consumer goods and services to desired outcomes--the utopian goals of success, happiness, and health--thus enveloping technology, both real and imitation, in a magical cocoon.

Technologies of Magic

Offering a new way of thinking about technology in today's world, this distinctive collection frames ghosts and magic as fundamentally performative--performing new kinds of cultural work in the world.

Author: John Potts

Publisher: Power Publications

ISBN:

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 163

View: 418

Technologies of Magic collects essays that investigate the coexistence of very old forms of thought--belief in ghosts, magic, spirits--and contemporary culture. Offering a new way of thinking about technology in today's world, this distinctive collection frames ghosts and magic as fundamentally performative--performing new kinds of cultural work in the world. Modern ghosts are not asked to identify themselves, but are instead made to account for the work they do.

This Rough Magic

"Despite author's claim that the relation of technology and the arts is a new topic, it was a major concern for the avant-garde as well as Walter Benjamin and W.T. Adorno.

Author: Jane Robinett

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 284

View: 789

"Despite author's claim that the relation of technology and the arts is a new topic, it was a major concern for the avant-garde as well as Walter Benjamin and W.T. Adorno. Nevertheless, the consideration of technology in the making of magic realism is innovative"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

The Magic of Innovation New Techniques and Technologies in Teaching Foreign Languages

This volume focuses on innovative approaches to teaching foreign language courses offered to non-language degree students.

Author: Dmitry A. Kryachkov

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443876798

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

View: 273

This volume focuses on innovative approaches to teaching foreign language courses offered to non-language degree students. It includes essays related to the innovative use of ICTs, new developments in methodology, approaches to course and materials design, and the contribution of language theory to foreign language teaching. As the book brings together researchers and practitioners working in a variety of contexts, it provides detailed insight into ways the same challenges are dealt with in different educational environments. The ideas and experiences analysed in this collection of essays will appeal to anyone interested in the current trends in foreign language teaching and learning, particularly educationalists. The best practices in FLT that the book offers will be a source of inspiration for in-service teachers and course designers, while the theoretical backgrounds provided in each chapter will be valuable to pre-service teachers and stimulating to researchers.

Global Magic

This book reveals how our ideas about growth and progress ignore how money and machines throughout history have been used to exploit less affluent parts of world society.

Author: Alf Hornborg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137567872

Category: Social Science

Page: 201

View: 678

Modern thought on economics and technology is no less magical than the world views of non-modern peoples. This book reveals how our ideas about growth and progress ignore how money and machines throughout history have been used to exploit less affluent parts of world society. The argument critically explores a middle ground between Marxist political ecology and Actor-Network Theory.

Networking and Information Technology Research and Development

National Science and Technology Council (U.S.). Interagency Working Group on
Information Technology Research and Development. Middleware MAGIC To
Outfit Networks for Grids ADVANCED NETWORKING APPLICATIONS
Connecting ...

Author: National Science and Technology Council (U.S.). Interagency Working Group on Information Technology Research and Development

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Computer networks

Page:

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Magic Science Technology and Literature

sance as magic , where traditional forms of magic were revived to entertain but
also started to be contested . ... The contributions can thus be said to develop a '
technology of effects ' in the sense that they explore the mutual influence of ...

Author: Jarmila Mildorf

Publisher: Lit Verlag

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 267

View: 149

In our scientifically and technologically orientated society magic has not vanished. However, this is quite the contrary. Literature, pictures, film, music and other art forms using magical themes and images are more popular than ever. The four parts of this volume, Magical Renaissance, Cultural Transformations, Scientific Perspectives, and Media Differences, illuminate the interface between magic, science, technology, and literature from Antiquity to the present day, providing theoretical frameworks on the one hand and case studies on the other. Taking into account wider socio-historical and cultural contexts, the contributions map out a complex field of artistic, scientific, philosophical, religious, historical and social discourses about magic. Jarmila Mildorf is Lecturer, Martin Windisch is Senior Lecturer, and Hans Ulrich Seeber is Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of Stuttgart (Germany).

Learning and Leading with Technology

The Magic of Emerging Technology “ Any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from magic . - Arthur C. Clarke , Profiles of the Future , 1961 W
That is an emerging technology ? The technology . If it is also easy and
transparent ...

Author:

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Category: Computer literacy

Page:

View: 549


Network World

service. Industry. leaders. looking. to. start-up. General. Magic. Will. use. its.
personal. communications. technologies. ... of the annual networking conference
here, honor organizations for innovation in applying network technology to
achieve ...

Author:

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Page: 40

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For more than 20 years, Network World has been the premier provider of information, intelligence and insight for network and IT executives responsible for the digital nervous systems of large organizations. Readers are responsible for designing, implementing and managing the voice, data and video systems their companies use to support everything from business critical applications to employee collaboration and electronic commerce.

PC Mag

But many people don't understand these and most other modern technologies.
The general public considers these technologies magic, although nobody would
admit that publicly. Let's look at it from the perspective of someone with no
cultural ...

Author:

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Page: 150

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PCMag.com is a leading authority on technology, delivering Labs-based, independent reviews of the latest products and services. Our expert industry analysis and practical solutions help you make better buying decisions and get more from technology.

The Sacred Revival

In The Sacred Revival Kingsley Dennis describes a new form of energy that has entered our postindustrial epoch, uniting digital technologies with our sociocultural landscape, and fulfilling one of humanity's greatest needs--a connection ...

Author: Denis Kingsley

Publisher: Select Books (NY)

ISBN: 9781590794333

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 842

In The Sacred Revival Kingsley Dennis describes a new form of energy that has entered our postindustrial epoch, fulfilling one of humanity's greatest needs--a connection with the transcendent. Now a new phase of development is emerging, a revival of an evolutionary, participatory-style consciousness. The Sacred Revival examines some of the sacred manifestations of this new age within social memes, popular culture, and revised projections of myth and magic. As we step further toward a planetary civilization where technologies are an extension of ourselves, Dennis discusses how each individual can act as a conscious agent in order to manifest their own sense of a sacred self, and how to influence and be a part of the grander sacred order. The Sacred Revival is an inspiring, thought-provoking, and forward-thinking examination of social, cultural, and personal development that is part of the newly unfolding era.

Indistinguishable from Magic

Author: Robert L. Forward

Publisher: Baen Books

ISBN: 9780671876869

Category: Fiction

Page: 372

View: 463

An intergalactic adventure applies all the theories of modern technology--including antigravity machines, space warps, black holes, time machines, and reactionless drives--and presents fictionalized scenarios depicting their impact

Technologies and Strategies for Addressing Global Warming

Hearing Before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of
Representatives, One Hundred Second ... Furthermore , it is important to
understand that there is no control device , or technological " magic bullet , " to
minimize ...

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Atmospheric carbon dioxide

Page: 195

View: 173


Technology Against Terrorism

As yet, no single explosives detector technology is adequate by itself against all
reasonable threats. Until and unless a technologicalmagic bullet” appears on
the scene, the civilized world must take what protective action it can with the ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Electronic government information

Page: 106

View: 404


PC Tech Journal

For example , it by highlighting the Execute Program operation on the left screen
and also highlighting the Item List program in the Program Menu , you tell Magic
PC to Zoom into the Item List program through the window shown on the right ...

Author:

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Category: IBM Personal Computer

Page:

View: 604


An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Iron smelting Practices Among the Pangwa and Fipa in Tanzania

their significance , something we find more difficult with objects we define not as
functional but ritual . understanding of technology in general . Malinowski
believed that magic served two functions , one psychological and the other
sociological ...

Author: Randi Barndon

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 175

View: 741

Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology 61 Series Editors: John Alexander and Lawrence Smith

Telephone Magic

One example of innovating a technique and integrating telecommunications
technology to solve a problem is known as ... HOW TO INTEGRATE
TECHNOLOGIES AND TECHNIQUES INTO THE MARKETING MIX Telephone
Magic focuses on ...

Author: H. Skip Weitzen

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 213

Shows how businesses can use the telephone for promotion, advertising, finding new clients, making sales, performing marketing research, and handling distribution, and discusses actual case studies

Making Literacy Magic Happen

The Best of Learning & Leading with Technology, on Language Arts Mark Gura,
Rose Reissman. ABOUT ISTE The International Society for Technology in
Education ( ISTE ) is a nonprofit professional organization with a worldwide ...

Author: Mark Gura

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Computer-assisted instruction

Page: 191

View: 995

A collection of the best literacy articles from the online journal: Learning and leading with technology.

Science and Magic The Search Begins

In a world where science is everything, humans rule the universe, and people no longer believe in magic.

Author: Aditya Upadhaya

Publisher: One Point Six Technologies Pvt Ltd

ISBN: 9390463742

Category: Fiction

Page: 139

View: 864

In a world where science is everything, humans rule the universe, and people no longer believe in magic. An earthling, Sam, who grew up believing that he is an orphan, dreams of finding true magic and the answer to life. His admission into Volgarth, a mysterious institution in the far-away planet of Tiron, brought hope into his life. He will meet new friends there; new territories and magical lore will be explored. But magic brings with it many mysteries and dangerous secrets. Strange secrets are associated with Sam and his past and it makes him special… but only if he can figure out what they are.

Representational Technologies and the Discourse on Early Cinema s Apparatus

MAGIC , SPIRITUALISM , AND CINEMA , CIRCA 1895 Matthew Solomon ,
College of Staten Island Moving pictures appeared at the height of theatrical
magic ' s “ golden age , ” at a time when the magician was a ubiquitous figure in
popular ...

Author: Rosanna Maule

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 131

View: 764