Community without Community in Digital Culture by Charlie Gere (auth.)

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In the Christian context at least, the apple has been a symbol for the loss of innocence and knowledge of death since the Middle Ages, when the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge, which is not specified in the Old Testament, began to be represented as an apple in religious iconography. 4 Adam’s perception of the poet’s mind is unhindered by language and immediate, as is his ‘hermeneutic mastery’, his understanding of what things mean. Adam therefore represents an ideal of perfect understanding, ‘in which language can be mastered and in which intentions can be easily recovered’.

Both Death of God theology and Deconstruction and ‘Postmodernism’ (whatever that much contested term means) more Deconstruction, Technics and the Death of God 39 generally can be understood as symptoms of the massive social and cultural upheavals brought about by new technologies such as nuclear weaponry and computers. Recently, a number of thinkers, taking their cue from Derrida’s discussions of ‘writing’, have examined the relation between Deconstruction and the question of technics and technicity, especially in relation to the increasing ubiquity and transformative implications of digital technology and the concomitant rise of our ‘digital culture’.

Also, in what might at first appear to be an entirely separate development (though one also connected to the development of atomic and nuclear weapons), the 1960s was the period in which computers and computer networks began to play an increasingly important part in everyday life. Both Death of God theology and Deconstruction and ‘Postmodernism’ (whatever that much contested term means) more Deconstruction, Technics and the Death of God 39 generally can be understood as symptoms of the massive social and cultural upheavals brought about by new technologies such as nuclear weaponry and computers.

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