|Born||July 5, 1941|
|Died||October 10, 2012(aged 71)|
|Era||20th / 21st-century philosophy|
|School||Post-Structuralism · Marxism · Post-Marxism · Critical Theory · Media Studies|
|Main interests||Intellectual History · Mass Media · New Media|
|Notable ideas||Mode of information|
Mark Poster (July 5, 1941 – October 10, 2012) was Professor Emeritus of History and Film and Media Studies at UC Irvine, where he also taught in the Critical Theory Emphasis. He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1968, and his research interests included European Intellectual and Cultural History, Existentialism, Marxism, Critical Theory, and Media Studies.
He was known for surveying the work of Lefebvre, Sartre and Foucault. He applied the ideas of these and other French theorists (including Baudrillard, Althusser, Deleuze and Derrida) to digital new media of the late Twentieth and early Twenty-first century (including television, databases, hypertext and the Internet).
He sought to politicize the issue of the use and development of the Internet by emphasizing the possibilities of the Internet for liberatory political change, while acknowledging the existence of a deep digital divide, as well as the interests of transnational corporations and national governments.
Poster was also co-editor of the "Electronic Mediations" book series at the University of Minnesota Press, which includes almost forty titles which explore the humanistic and social implications of the Internet, virtual reality technologies, video games, literary hypertexts, and new media art forms.
- The Utopian Thought of Restif de la Bretonne (1971)
- Existential Marxism in Postwar France: From Sartre to Althusser (1975)
- Critical Theory of the Family (1978)
- Sartre's Marxism (1982)
- Foucault, Marxism, and History: Mode of Production Versus Mode of Information (1985)
- Critical Theory and Poststructuralism: In Search of a Context (1989)
- The Mode of Information: Post-structuralism and Social Contexts (1990)
- The Second Media Age (1995). Chapter 2 available as Postmodern Virtualities
- What's the Matter with the Internet? (Electronic Mediations series) (2001)
- The Information Subject (2001)
- Information Please: Culture and Politics in the Age of Digital Machines (2006)
- Deleuze and New Technology (2009)
- "In Memoriam: Mark Poster". Hnet.uci.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
- See reader's review of Existential Marxism in Postwar France by Nate Holdren June 24, 2000 on Amazon in External Links, below
- Review of "Information Please" by Diana Bossio with response by Mark Poster
- Series Editors: Mark Poster and Samuel Weber. "Electronic Mediations — University of Minnesota Press". Upress.umn.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
- Guide to the Mark Poster Papers. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
- UC Irvine faculty page
- UCIspace @ the Libraries digital collection: Mark Poster born digital files, 1985-2009
- Interview with Poster
- What's Left: Materialist responses to the internet by Poster