The Anthrobscene - Jussi Parikka - University of Minnesota Press
p1 Antonio Stoppani - 1870's theory that humans initiated a specific geological period.
p2 "By now the ancient earth disappears under the relics of his industry. You can already count a series of strata, where you can read the history of human generations."
p3 "whether or not they are perceived in terms of media, deep time resources of the earth are what makes technology happen"
p5 "instead of seeing technology as extensions of material, technology is aggregated and 'made of the raw material of the earth'" ref Robert Smithson
p6 "Why the Anthrobscene?
In short, the addition of the obscene is self-explanatory when one starts to consider the unsustainable, politically dubious and ethically suspicious practices that maintain technological culture and its corporate networks"
p15 "Media history conflates with Earth history; the geological material of metals and chemicals gets deterritorialized from their strata and reterritorialized in machines that define our technical media culture."
p17 "the other pole of media materiality : less high-tech, defined by obsolescence and depletion; the mined rare earth minerals essential to computers and advanced technology industries from entertainment to the military."
p25 "influential thinkers such as Rosi Braidotti have built on the anthropocene discussions to connect them to a wider geo-centric perspective, which orders us to rethink fundamental notions of subjectivity, community and political attachment. For Braidotti, the notion is to be connected to ongoing struggles involving post-colonial and feminist agendas as well as to avoid technophobia and nostalgic homeostatic fantasies of the earth."
p30 "Geological interest since the 18th and 19th centuries produced the concept that was later coined "deep time", but we need to be able to understand that the new mapping of geology and the earth's resources was the political economic function of this emerging epistemology."
p30 "temporalities such as deep time are understood in this alternative account as concretely linked to the non-human earth times of decay and renewal but also to the current anthropocene of the obscenity of the eco-crisis - in one word ANTHROBSCENE"
p36 "the anthropocene - a concept that maps the scope of a trans-disciplinary problem. The concept of the anthropocene becomes radically environmental. It does not mean purely a reference to "nature" but an environmentally understood and defined by the technological condition"
Subjectivity and agency (as a critique of the human-centred worldview) and a critique of such accounts of rationality that are unable to talk about non-human as constitutive of social relations."
Geology is deterritorialized in the concrete ways in which metal and minerals become mobile and enable technological mobility"
p37 "Benjamin Bratton's words could not be any more apt when he writes of how we carry small pieces of Africa in our pockets"
Trevor Paglen - Satellite trash - Addressing Arthur - Halo
"An analysis of dead media should also take into account this aspect of the earth, and its relation to global logistics and production."
p39 "Hardware does not die...instead, it is abandoned, forgotten, stashed away, and yet retains a toxic materiality."
p42 "The future geo(physical)politics of media circulate around China, Russia, Brazil the Congo and S. Africa as key producers of raw materials"
p43 "Geology itself transforms into a contested technologically conditioned object