Timeshift: On video culture

S Cubitt

Routledge | Published : 2003


This book is a collection of approaches to a protean area of cultural practice, each of them less an essay than, in a term I borrow from Hans Magnus Enzensberger, a raid. Raiding video culture means hurtling in with malice aforethought, pillaging from the shiny emporia of images and activities, threading a way back out again, leaving a trail of anarchy and disappointment. It is a mode of attack that of necessity does violence to the matter in hand; the one thing it does not offer is justice. Suddenly, since the late 1960s, a new cultural continent has emerged from who knows what chthonic forces, uncharted, largely unformed. I have not wanted to map its contours, or to anthropologise its deni..

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