Deep time of the media toward an archaeology of hearing and seeing by technical means by Siegfried Zielinski

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Published by MIT Press in Cambridge, Mass .

Written in English

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  • Mass media -- Historiography,
  • Mass media -- Philosophy

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Book details

StatementSiegfried Zielinski ; translated by Gloria Custance.
SeriesElectronic culture--history, theory, practice
LC ClassificationsP91 .Z53813 2006
The Physical Object
Paginationxiv, 375 p. :
Number of Pages375
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23240183M
ISBN 100262240491
LC Control Number2005047856

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