This book intertwines phenomenological fieldwork with a wide range of Heidegger's writings to explore how our everyday uses of mobile media technologies permit a unique avenue to rediscover poiesis, our creative cultivation that is simultaneously a bringing forth, a revealing. Shining a light on poiesis better allows us to see how human beings are, at their core, dwellers that disclose worlds and cultivate meaning. In our chaotic modern world, our ability to appreciate this foundational feature of our existence seems to be fading from view. Such forgetting has fractured our confidence; we increasingly question, doubt, and struggle with what unfolds before us. This book thus argues that we ought to look towards our intimate and recursive mobile media practices as the avenue for which we can revitalize poiesis, as doing so allows us a purview into how we are always situated in a meaningful locale, playing an imperative role in its continued cultivation.
Justin Michael Battin is Assistant Professor of English Cultures and Literatures at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. His research interests include media anthropology, the philosophy of technology, and Heidegger's phenomenology, all of which have culminated to provide the foundation for this book.
1. Introduction2. Situating Heidegger for the Study of Mobile Media Technology Use3. This Technology is a Part of Me4. The Immaterial as Traversable5. Our Relationship to the Technological Self6. The Saving Power of marginal PracticesBibliographyIndex