How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis
Faculty Bookwatch Publication
N. Katherine Hayles
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke Univeristy Libraries hosted a Faculty Bookwatch panel discussion on N. Katherine Hayles's How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis (University of Chicago Press, 2012). Panelists included Mark Hansen (Literature, Duke), Kate Marshall (English, Notre Dame), Laura Otis (English, Emory), and Priscilla Wald (English, Duke).
“How do we think?” N. Katherine Hayles poses this question at the beginning of this bracing exploration of the idea that we think through, with, and alongside media. As the age of print passes and new technologies appear every day, this proposition has become far more complicated, particularly for the traditionally print-based disciplines in the humanities and qualitative social sciences. With a rift growing between digital scholarship and its print-based counterpart, Hayles argues for contemporary technogenesis—the belief that humans and technics are coevolving—and advocates for what she calls comparative media studies, a new approach to locating digital work within print traditions and vice versa.