Media Life: Done

Just want to share a brief moment of professional (and personal) joy: I just sent the first complete draft manuscript of Media Life to the publisher, Polity Press. Now it's waiting for the reviews... but I am really happy with how it turned out.

Here is, by way of a teaser, the final sentences of the book:
In his book "The Revolution Of Everyday Life" (1967), Belgian poet and philosopher Raoul Vaneigem writes:

"the search for new forms of communication, far from being the preserve of painters and poets, is now part of a collective effort. In this way the old specialization of art has finally come to an end. There are no more artists because everyone is an artist. The work of art of the future will be the construction of a passionate life."

In this book I insist to add media to such a life. The inevitable consequence of such a hopeful conclusion is that we have to come to terms with media like the people of Babel did with their all-encompassing Library, which is to say: we have to be able to let go of seeing media as influence machines, and start witnessing each other through them, in them.

When we, like Truman Burbank, navigate our ocean of media to what we think will be the door leading beyond the studio, we will see what Patrick Bateman - the serial killer in Brett Easton Ellis' novel "American Psycho" (1991) - saw on the door of a place anywhere in the world (as it dawns on the reader that they will never ever know whether any of the horrific murders in the book really took place): "a sign and on the sign [...] are the words THIS IS NOT AN EXIT" (399).