Media Life Book Review (3): Information, Communication and Society

After earlier reviews of Media Life in Publizistik and the European Journal of Communication, I am thrilled to see the book thoughtfully reviewed (and summarized in great detail) in the journal Information, Communication and Society by media researcher, curator and artist Camille Baker.

Below some snippets of her review, first from the beginning:
"Mark Deuzes Media Life paints a bleak picture of our current media drenched existence, and puts modern society under a microscope to reveal how we now live, breathe, and are media in every aspect of our daily activities. Deuze brings to together the leading thinkers, and discourse in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, architecture, design, media studies, digital art theory, human-computer interaction, and electronic engineering to debate the status of our immersion in media and technology."
And the end:
"Overall, Media Life has a dismal diagnosis, yet Deuze attempts to tie it all up with a strange sense of hopefulness. The intended lesson we are to come out intended to empower us is: if we move beyond consumerism, to create, produce and/or hack media, we may survive and evolve from media Zombification, before (or just in time for) media takes over. I doubt Deuzes message will be heard by the masses, but have noticed new undercurrents taking place around me. These include: (1) an increasing call to return to the body, our senses, our environment, and the natural world - embodiment, both within technology and outside of it; (2) corporations are at the forefront of challenging governments to better educate children, to use more advanced technology, and to teach programming skills at an earlier age; and (3) the increasing Do-it-yourself/Maker movement around the world has individuals and groups educating themselves and each other, to create, produce, collaborate on, and hack technology. Thus, the push for people to get more involved in hacking to take control of media is already underway. Perhaps, in another 5-10 years these dark foreboding pronouncements (recurring whenever new technologies emerge, causing cultural shifts), will be seen as paranoid calls to action for individuals to take back control over the changes and the media, or merely making fearful observations of the cultural shift underway."
Yes indeed, I am strangely hopeful. That would be a fair description of my (preferred) mindset about pretty much anything in life.