How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis

Katherine Hayles

“How do we think?” Hayles, Duke literature professor, 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, she 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.