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    (New World Perspectives, 1990) Baudrillard, Jean; Singer, Brian
    Seduction is Jean Baudrillard’s most provocative book. Here, under the sign of seduction, all modern theory is put into question. Seduction speaks of the sudden reversibility in the order of things where discourse is absorbed into its own signs without a trace of meaning. In the sudden triumph of seduction in apocalyptic culture there is also signaled the end of history. As Baudrillard says, “Nothing can be greater than seduction itself, not even the order that destroys it.”
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    Culture Critique: Fernand Dumont and New Quebec Sociology
    (New World Perspectives, 1985) Weinstein, Michael A.
    Culture Critique features the work of Quebec’s key cultural theorist Fernand Dumont in a thorough exploration of the Québécois identity from the Quiet Revolution to the present.
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    Northrop Frye: A Vision of the New World
    (New World Perspectives, 1985) Cook, David
    The bulk of Northrop Frye’s writings deals with the tradition as it is given from the great writers of Europe; yet his response to these writers has in an important way been fashioned by his own experience in North America and, more particularly, in Canada. Thus the main theme of this study is Frye’s “America A Prophecy”: a vision of the New World.
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    The Postmodern Scene: Excremental Culture and Hyper-Aesthetics, 2nd edition
    (New World Perspectives, 1987) Kroker, Arthur; Cook, David
    The Postmodern Scene is a series of major theorizations about key artistic and intellectual tendencies in the postmodern condition. A variety of texts, ranging from Nietzsche’s The Will to Power, Serres’ Hermes, Baudrillard’s Precession of Simulacra, the visual art of Fischl, Hopper, Colville, and Magritte and recent performance art are used as probes of the human fate in the contemporary century. Here a theoretical reflection is viewed as a privileged artistic act: simultaneously a critical encounter with the “shock of the real” and a meditation in the form of a lament over the “intimations of deprival” which speak to us now of postmodern culture, art, and philosophy in ruins.
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    The Transborder Immigrant Tool
    (Office of Net Assessment, University of Michigan, 2014) Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0; b.a.n.g. lab
    The Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT) by Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab is a last mile safety device designed to aid the disoriented of any nationality in a desert environment. The project’s interactive platform was developed and tested in southern California’s Anza-Borrego Desert State Park from 2009 to 2012. Its code is executable when and if one adds the coordinates of functional water caches to its poetic program. Its poetry, another executable code, comprises TBT’s desert survival series.
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    The Possessed Individual: technology and the french postmodern
    (New World Perspectives, 1992) Kroker, Arthur
    The Possessed Individual rubs North America against contemporary French thought. What results is a dramatic reinterpretation of French theory as a prophetic analysis of the speed-life of the twenty-first century, and a critical rethinking of the politics and culture of the technological dynamo. This book is a hinge between the mirror of seduction that is culture today and the philosophical ruptures of French thought, from Sartre and Camus to Baudrillard and Virilio. And why the fascination with French thought? Because this discourse is a theoretical foreground to the political background of America: fractal thinkers in whose central images one finds the key power configurations of the American hologram. Read the French, therefore, to learn a language for thinking anew the empire of technology.
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    Panic Encyclopedia: the definitive guide to the postmodern scene
    (New World Perspectives, 1989) Kroker, Arthur; Kroker, Marilouise; Cook, David
    A stimulating and thoroughly entertaining look at the rapid countdown to the year 2000, the Panic Encyclopedia argues that in the postmodern era, science, and technology are the real language of power and illustrates the resulting culture through a post-alphabetical listing of “panics”—from Panic Art to Panic Zombies, and including Panic Elvis, Panic Psychoanalysis, and Panic Sex. Humorously embracing newspaper and media events and philosophers from Hegel to McLuhan, the text chronicles the implosion of the modem world into a final singularity.
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    Hacking the Future: Stories for the Flesh-Eating 90s
    (New World Perspectives, 1996) Kroker, Arthur; Kroker, Marilouise
    Written in the shadows of the digital age, Hacking the Future tells the story of what happens to us when information technology escapes the high tech labs of Silicon Valley and invades the sites of everyday culture. Shopping the GAP, Branded Flesh, the World-Wide-Web Self: these are some of the survival tales of people who just want to feel again in a culture that is numbed and purified. The accompanying spoken word/music CD by the Krokers and composers Steve Gibson and David Kristian provides a sonic tour of our accelerated culture.
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    Life After Postmodernism: Essays on Value and Culture
    (New World Perspectives, 1987) Fekete, John
    Life After Postmodernism is a pioneering text on the question of value in the postmodern scene. After a long hiatus in which discussions of value have been eclipsed by the death of the subject in post-structuralist theory, this collection of essays suggests that we are on the threshold of a new value debate in contemporary politics, aesthetics, and society. Rejecting the denial of value by Derrida and other representative of New French thought, this collection takes Nietzsche as its point of departure for putting evaluation back on the intellectual agenda and for a new synthesis—hyper-pragmatism—of liberalism and Marxism.
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    Digital Delirium
    (New World Perspectives, 1997) Kroker, Arthur; Kroker, Marilouise
    Digital Delirium writes the new horizon of electronic culture. Part of the CultureTexts Series, Digital Delirium features contributions by Jean Baudrillard, Kathy Acker, Hakim Bey, Bruce Sterling, Ricardo Dominguez, and many others.
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    Data Trash: the theory of the virtual class
    (New World Perspectives, 1994) Kroker, Arthur; Weinstein, Michael A.
    “When the shadows grow deeper, and skeletal hands pull the curtain closed, and the talking heads of CNN glow like gibbous moons in the corner, and the majordomo throws another Branch Davidian on the fire, then my choice is clear: I’ll pull my collar up and hunker down under the rusty springs of the couch with another heaping helping of Data Trash.” — Bruce Sterling
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    Technology and the Canadian Mind: Innis/McLuhan/Grant
    (New World Perspectives, 1984) Kroker, Arthur
    "...an intellectual tour de force, written with enormous power and insight. Kroker has seized on what is unique and vital and has rendered the Canadian mind itself on a world stage." -Abraham Rotstein "Why is it that Canada has produced North America's leading communication scholars and theorists? Technology and the Canadian Mind illuminates the intellectual landscape in a dominated landscape -- its anxieties, expectations, theorizing and hostilities." -Herbert I. Schiller, University of California, San Diego "Perhaps the 'Canadian' mind is simply a harbinger of the global mind that has become dependent on technology, experiences the world as increasingly processed, and in Herodotus' words has achieved consciousness without control. Innis' public may be forming, but has not found its theoreticians. Kroker's study is a magnificent step in that direction. -Stanley Aronowitz, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City
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    Left Behind: Religion, Technology and Flight from the Flesh
    (CTheory Books/NWP, 2007) Pfohl, Stephen
    America’s vision of itself as a nation blessed by God has provided strong spiritual support for bold and world-changing innovations in the areas of technology, governance, business, communications, imprisonment, and warfare. But this same vision has also long helped America to keep from common sight and collective memory legacies of a far grimmer sort.
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    Born Again Ideology: Religion, Technology, and Terrorism
    (CTheory Books/NWP, 2007) Kroker, Arthur
    City Upon a Hill, the American Dream, a sacred covenant—the United States has done that most elusive and perhaps ineffable of all things: wrapped together the language of god and technology into a powerful, adventurous political experiment which is “premodern” in its (religious) sensibility and “posthuman” in it (technological) enthusiasm.
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    Feminism Now: theory and practice
    (New World Perspectives, 1985) Kroker, Marilouise; Kroker, Arthur; McCallum, Pamela; Mair, Verthuy
    Feminism Now is like Magritte’s brilliant depiction of blood from the head as rupture and transgression. Memory: that’s the radical promise of feminist critique which is, against the global, cultural amnesia of the modern century, the historical remembrance of temps perdu and of better possibilities not yet achieved. Memory, of both a past yet not written and of a future yet not dreamed, is the truly, and perhaps only, radical political terrain in postmodernism.
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    C.B. Macpherson: Dilemmas of Liberalism and Socialism
    (New World Perspectives, 1988) Leiss, William
    Canada’s preeminent political theorist, C.B. Macpherson, won his international reputation for his controversial interpretations of liberalism. This book—the first to examine the entire range of his writings—seeks to place that interpretation of liberalism within the overall framework of his intellectual development. Focusing on two key themes—property and the state—C.B. Macpherson: Dilemmas of Liberalism and Socialism tracks Macpherson’s analysis of the contradictions of liberal-democracy through all of his writings. More than a text on Macpherson, this book contains an explosive historical thesis: the notion of the quasi-market society as the common fate of contemporary capitalist and communist societies.
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    Ideology and Power in the Age of Lenin in Ruins
    (Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory, 1991) Kroker, Arthur; Kroker, Marilouise
    Ideology and Power in the Age of Lenin in Ruins is written in the shadow of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Here, the meaning of power and ideology is finally thought with and against the shattered horizon of socialist and capitalist realism. Thinking anew the theory and practice of democratic politics, the essays put into question the meaning of ideology (as false consciousness) and the meaning of power (as seduction). On the question of ideology, political theorists, including Anthony Giddens, Jurgen Habermas, Claude Lefort, and Zygmunt Bauman, challenge the privileging of ideology-critique in orthodox Marxism. This critical reinterpretation of ideology is then accelerated by a radical (Baudrillardian) rereading of the meaning of power as seduction. The book concludes with political analyses of demon politics in the post-Cold War era.
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    The Last Sex: feminism and outlaw bodies
    (New World Perspectives, 1993) Kroker, Arthur; Kroker, Marilouise
    “The Last Sex looks at the future of gender in an age when the transgendered have emerged as a walking and breathing challenge to old sex definitions. Both the Krokers and the authors included (Kathy Acker, Shannon Bell, Stephen Pfohl) present rallying cries for what the Krokers call “transgenic gender,” a new gender that lies beyond our current ideas of sexuality, one that exists outside the dualistic man/woman model.” — Richard Kadrey, Future Sex
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    Code Drift: Essays in Critical Digital Studies
    (New World Perspectives/CTheory Books, 2010) Kroker, Arthur; Kroker, Marilouise
    Code Drift is the spectral destiny of the story of technology. No necessary message, no final meaning, no definite goal: only a digital culture drifting in complex streams of social networking technologies filtered here and there with sudden changes in code frequencies, moving at the speed of random fluctuations, always seeking to make of the question of identity a sampling error, to connect with the broken energy flows of ruptures, conjurations, unintelligibility, bifurcations.
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    Life in the Wires: The CTheory Reader
    (New World Perspectives/CTheory Books, 2004) Kroker, Arthur; Kroker, Marilouise
    Life in the Wires is about life today, from Al-Jazeera to eBay, from creatively understanding new media to analyzing how questions of gender, race, class, and colonialism have been deeply transformed by networked society.
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