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Brouhaha, Worlds of the Contemporary

Lionel Ruffel

A rigorous inquiry into the question of the “contemporary” in an era of hypermediation and globalization

This book is a global investigation on what the word “contemporary” means and the reasons why the term has imposed itself within the field of representations and practices.

In a hypermediated age where knowledge production is decentralized and horizontal, the experience of lived time has become a concordance of temporalities, and a thought concerning the world is now a thought concerning a plurality of worlds. By way of six guiding threads (exposition, media, controversy, publication, institutionalization, archaeology), this essay describes the transformation of cultural forms and visions of history