CRS 2023 Technoscience and Culture
(Second Term 2005-2006)
Mr. Lik-kwan Cheung
We are now experiencing fast developments in technoscience in the modern world.
As everything turns electronic and hi-tech, e.g., email, ebanking, ecommerce, plus the
newly developed sciences such as cloning, biogenetic engineering, etc., it is important
to introduce to students the ways technosciences and mass media bear on our sense of
identity and subjectivity. The aim of this course is to help students make sense of
different ramifications of contemporary technosciences which have unprecedentedly
transformed their everyday life experiences, in other words, to introduce them to the
study of technoscience culture. Through a body of fiction, films, T.V. shows,
computer mediated communication devices, cybercultural forms (VR and AI), etc.,
which deal directly with new communication technologies, this class will highlight
the radical effects on the centrality of visual culture in the modern world, on the post-
modernist self and on virtuality of all kinds.
? Basic references
? Other references
Section 1. Critical Interrogation to Techno-science and New Media
1. The Social Construction of Techno-science
? Bruno Latour（雷祥麟譯）：〈直線進步或交引纏繞？??人類文明進
? David Edgerton, “From Innovation to Use: Ten Eclectic Theses on the
Historiography of Technology,” History and Technology 16: 111-36.
? Langdon Winner, “Do Artifacts Have Politics,” The whale and the reactor: a
search for limits in an age of high technology (Chicago: University of
Chicago Press, 1986), P.19-39.
2. Technology and the New Media
? Jeff Lewis, “The Culture of New Communications Technology,” Cultural
studies: the basics. (London; Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications,
? Roger Silverstone, “Technology,” Why study the media? (London: SAGE,
? Mark Poster, “Words without Things,” The mode of information (Cambridge:
Polity Press, 1990), P.1-20.
? Mark Poster, “Social Theory and the New Media,” The second media age
(Cambridge, MA: Polity Press, 1995), P.3-22.
Section 2. From Society of Spectacle to Control Societies
3. Society of Spectacle and Infotainment Society
? Douglas Kellner, “Media culture and the triumph of the spectacle,” Media
spectacle (London ; New York : Routledge, 2003), P. 1-33. ? Douglas Kellner, “Megaspectacle: the O. J. Simpson murder trial,” Media
spectacle (London ; New York : Routledge, 2003), P. 93-125. ? Steven Best, “The Commodification of Reality and the Reality of
Commodification: Baudrillard, Debord, and Postmodern Theory,”
Baudrillard : a critical reader, edited by Douglas Kellner (Oxford;
Cambridge: Blackwell, 1994), P. 41-67.
? Maurizio Lazzarato, “Struggle, Event, Media.” Trans. Aileen Derieg.
http://www.republicart.net/disc/representations/lazzarato01_en.htm ? Film clips: 杜琪峰：《大事件》
? Film clips: Peter Weir, The Truman Show （中譯：《真人SHOW》）
4. From Disciplinary Societies to Control Societies
? Mark Poster, “Foucault and Databases,” The mode of information
(Cambridge: Polity Press, 1990), P. 69-98.
? Mark Poster, “Databases as Discourse, or Electronic Interpellations,” The
second media age (Cambridge, MA: Polity Press, 1995), P. 78-94.
? Gilles Deleuze, tr. Martin Joughin, “Postscript on Control Societies,”
Negotiations (New York: Columbia University Press, 1995), 177-182.
? Michel Foucault, “The Eye of Power,” Power/Knowledge, edited by Colin
Gordon (New York: Pantheon Books, 1980), 146-165.
? Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri, “Biopolitical Production,” Empire
(Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000), P.22-41.
? Film clips: 深作欣二：《大逃殺》
Section 3. Virtuality and Postmodernity
5. Postmodernization, or The Informatization of Production
? Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri, “Postmodernization, or The Informatization
of Production,” Empire, P.280-300.
? Maurizio Lazzarato（霍炬譯，張歷君譯校）：〈非物質勞動〉
（“Immaterial Labor” ）。《知識份子論叢》第四輯，2006年（即
? Mark Poster, “Postmodern Virtualities,” The second media age (Cambridge,
MA: Polity Press, 1995), P. 23-42.
? Mark Poster, “Lyotard and Computer Science,” The mode of information
(Cambridge: Polity Press, 1990), P. 129-154.