Readings

Baudrillard, Jean. “Introduction” and “Conclusion” in The System of Objects. London ; New York: Verso, 2005. pgs. 1-11 and 197-205

Brown, Bill. “Thing Theory.” Critical Inquiry 28, no. 1 (October 1, 2001): 1–22.

Kubler, George. “Chapter III: The Propagation of Things” in The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things. New ed. New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press, 2008. pgs. 56-75

Miller, Daniel. “Media” in Stuff. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2010. pgs. 110-13.

Assignments

Bring in some form of old media (preferably that we can break apart, but not necessarily) as we are going to spend some time looking at and analyzing these old objects. This media can include both old formats (records, eight-tracks, zip disks, etc.) and players (record players, tape players, disk drives, etc.). The more unique and obscure the better.

Images Mentioned in the Readings