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Simon Morgan Wortham and Gary Hall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228140

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823228140.001.0001

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Ambivalence: Media, Technics, Gender

Ambivalence: Media, Technics, Gender

(p.141) Chapter 6 Ambivalence: Media, Technics, Gender

Simon Morgan Wortham

Gary Hall

Fordham University Press

The return of religion cannot be understood as archaism within modernity's deterritorializing dynamic. Jacques Derrida argued that there is a profound connection between mediatization and Christianity, this is to say that Christianity embraces its own mediatization to the extent that it affirms itself as aesthetic religion. As Derrida goes on to assert, “mediatic manifestations of religion, Christian or other, in their production and their organization to national phenomena,” testify to the continuing power of the aesthetic, which has been inseparable from Western-style nationalism. In all cases these relations or intersections are characterized by ambivalence. Weber's attention to ambivalence seems to become curiously indirect or discreet, even teasing. In the Western tradition, the question concerning technology has always angled into questions of gender and sexual difference. Media is perhaps another name for the enactment of the aesthetic as a self-divided, self-displacing technique of manifestation.

Keywords:   media, Christianity, nationalism, religion, ambivalence, technology, mediatization, gender

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