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date: 24 May 2022

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This article gives ecocritical consideration to digital media. It discusses Elizabeth Kolbert’s work which highlights how a technological society is destroying itself. It suggests that while humans have the power to modify their surroundings to suit their needs, they do not have the wisdom to suit their needs to their surroundings. The chapter considers the possibility that digital media have less environmental impact than their analogue predecessors, and that, conversely, such media dangerously insulate us from contact with nonhuman nature.

Keywords: digital media, environment, Elizabeth Kolbert, technological society, humans

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