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Editors

Editor-in-Chief: Briankle G. Chang
Managing Editor: Zachary J. McDowell
 

communication +1 provides an open forum for exploring and sharing ideas about communication across modes of inquiry and perspectives. Its primary objective is to push the theoretical frontiers of communication as an autonomous and distinct field of research. Suspending any judgment regarding distinction between theory and practice, this forum encourages critical reflections on communication and seeks to encourage these reflections to and among those who place communication at the center of their thinking and writing.

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Current Volume: Volume 3 (2014) Afterlives of Systems

Introduction

Under the impression of today's global crisis and the rise of ecological thinking, confronted with smart, ubiquitous technosystems and the impression of interconnectedness, there appears a new urge to excavate the remnants of the past. The articles of this issue suggest that in order to understand present technologies, we need to account the systems thinking that fostered their emergence, and that we cannot gain insight into the afterlives of systems without exploring their technologies.

The nine contributions ask how these debates and affective states survive and live on in today’s discussions of media ecologies, environmentalism, object-oriented philosophies, computer simulations, performative art, and communication technologies. In this sense, they take the renaissance of systems thinking in the late 20th and early 21st Century as an effect of various system crisis and explore new media technologies as stabilizing ‘cures’ against the dystopian future scenarios that emerged after World War II. The articles of this issue suggest that in order to understand present technologies, we need to account the systems thinking that fostered their emergence, and that we cannot gain insight into the afterlives of systems without exploring their technologies.

Articles

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Introduction
Christina Vagt and Florian Sprenger

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Gaia's Game
Niklas Schrape