One way of thinking about obsolescence is as a condition, a final state in which some thing, most often technological, is on the precipice of disappearing—if not already long gone. A related and more productive way of thinking about obsolescence is not as a state or condition, but rather as a process.


Why have the revolutions that theory enacted become an embarrassment?


Can listening lead to historical consciousness, the sung to a sense of the past?

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Joel Burges
Starting in September 2011, Joel Burges will begin teaching at the University of Rochester as Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of English and the Film and Media Studies Program. He is currently Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is affiliated with Literature and Comparative Media Studies. He is working on a book entitled Turning back the Clock: Technological Obsolescence and Historical Time in Contemporary Culture. He has recently published an essay on filmmaker Douglas Sirk in the 2010 collection Trash Culture: Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective, edited by Gillian Pye; has another essay related to his book, "Adorno's Mimeograph: The Uses of Obsolescence in Minima Moralia," forthcoming in New German Critique in 2011; and will be publishing a "riposte" to MIT Press's collection Third Person at the electronic book review in 2011 as well.