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dc.creatorMussell, James
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-12T12:03:00Z
dc.date.available2019-09-12T12:03:00Z
dc.date.issued2016-07-12
dc.identifier.urihttps:/videos.uni-koeln.de/de/video/index/file_id/2914
dc.identifier.urihttps://mediarep.org/handle/doc/13516
dc.description.abstractSir Oliver Lodge (1851-1940) was a pioneer of the electrical age. A champion of Hertz, Lodge demonstrated how electromagnetic waves might be used to signal through space in 1894, three years before Marconi’s famous patent of 1897. Electromagnetic waves interested Lodge for what they revealed about the ether: the intangible medium that pervaded all space and was held to be accountable for a range of phenomena from light to electricity. For spiritualists like Lodge, wireless telegraphy was another way to make the ether tangible and so to study the links between body and soul, the living and the dead. In 1915, during the first world war, Lodge lost his youngest son, Raymond, in action at Ypres. A few weeks after his death, Lodge began to make contact with Raymond in séances with spirit mediums. In 1916 he published the details of these encounters in a memoir, Raymond; Or Life and Death. An unlikely bestseller, the book made the case for Raymond’s continuing life on the spiritual plane. By sublimating the affectual bonds between father and son, Lodge took an editorial role that allowed Raymond to emerge in print. Looking again at Lodge can help us understand the medial ideology of the digital age. The rhetoric of digital media is one of dematerialization, where information is understood as prior to the media technologies through which it flows. However, just as Lodge’s attempts to realize the ether could only push it away, so informational flows remain rooted in the embodied media that lend them presence. Lodge’s thermodynamic spiritualism, I argue, reminds us that it is by doing things with embodied forms that we transcend them.en
dc.format.extent00:57:57 hh:mm:ss
dc.languageeng
dc.publisherUniversität zu Köln/Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften und Moderneforschung
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCologne Media Lectures
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dc.subjectLiteraturde
dc.subjectNaturwissenschaftde
dc.subjectMaterialismusde
dc.subjectElektrizitätde
dc.subjectSpiritualismusde
dc.subjectmaterialismen
dc.subjectbroadcastingen
dc.subjectscienceen
dc.subjectspiritualismen
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dc.subject.ddcddc:500
dc.titlePrint Presence in the Electrical Age: Oliver Lodge, Media and Materialityen
dc.typeMovingImage
dc.typelecture
dcterms.bibliographicCitationMussell, James: Print Presence in the Electrical Age: Oliver Lodge, Media and Materiality. (Vortrag, 12.07.2016). Köln: Universität zu Köln/Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften und Moderneforschung (Cologne Media Lectures, 35) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/12606.
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dc.subject.personOliver Lodge
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local.subject.wikidatahttps://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q379816
local.source.volume35
dc.identifier.doi10.25969/mediarep/12606
dc.publisher.placeKöln
local.identifier.firstpublishedhttps:/videos.uni-koeln.de/de/video/index/file_id/2914


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