The ever-evolving ways that we interact with each other, our world, and our selves through technology is a topic as worn as the devices we clutch and carry everyday. How did we get here? Drawing from the disciplines of media ecology and media archaeology, as well as bringing fresh perspectives from subcultures of music and skateboarding, the book illuminates aspects of technological mediation that have been overlooked along the way. With a Foreword by Andrew McLuhan, The Medium Picture shows how immersion in unmoored technologies of connectivity finds us in a world of pure media and redefines who we are, how we are, and what we will be.
The Medium Picture is forthcoming from Zer0 Books.
“What we need is a parkour for the Interzone triangulated by ‘street’ culture, the poets laureate of digital disruption, and the hairier fringes of academic discourse. If anybody’s going to take a crack at it, Roy Christopher—certified skaterboy, Ph.D. in Communication Studies, fractal geometer tracing the coastlines of subcultural thought—is that thinker.”
Mark Dery, author, Born to be Posthumous
“Imagine if Walter Benjamin had made it out of Spain, finally arrived in America, and got a BMX bike while listening to hip-hop. Roy Christopher is not only telling us how culture works, and why we love it, but also what we can do with it.”
Etienne Turpin, co-founder, anexact office
“Roy Christopher has a gift for making a McLuhanesque argument. His work is well-written, well-argued, and timely.”
John Oakes, co-founder, O/R Books
“Roy Christopher’s writing shows delightful erudition and an expansive command of both creative conjecture and the historical landscape.”
Brian H. Spitzberg, San Diego State University
“Brilliant, pathbreaking, palpable insights… Worthy of McLuhan.”
Paul Levinson, author, New New Media
“This book looks wonderful!”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I marshal the middle between Mathers and McLuhan.
I’m an aging BMX and skateboarding zine kid. That’s where I learned to turn events and interviews into pages with staples. I have since written about music, media, and culture for everything from books and blogs to national magazines and academic journals. My previous books include Dead Precedents (Repeater, 2019), Boogie Down Predictions (Strange Attractor, 2022), and Escape Philosophy (punctum, 2022), among others. I hold a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. As a child, I solved the Rubik’s Cube competitively.