Erik Born, assistant professor of German Studies, explores the history behind the WiFi signal icon.
Erik Born is an Assistant Professor in the Department of German Studies at Cornell University. His work brings insights from contemporary German media theory to bear on diverse historical contexts. With a focus on relations among “old media” and “new media”, Born explores constellations of literature, science, and technology, from manuscripts to print, analog to digital film, and wireless telegraphy to Wi-Fi. He is the author of articles on medieval media theory, early German science fiction, and the media history of cinema and television, as well as translations and book reviews on topics in literature, film, and media studies. Born examines the history of the wireless icon further in this short essay and in his current book project Wireless Futures: Aesthetics, Experiment, Infrastructure.
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