An allegory is proposed based upon the manner in which telecommunications technologies and have gone in and out of circuit with aspects of the earth during different historical phases. The nineteenth-century “earth return” is transmuted to a return to earth in the contemporary context of global warming. The “annihilation of space and time” associated with telecommunications from the nineteenth century to the present day is taken at face value in terms of environmental destruction. The reintroduction of “nature” into communications as commune, imparting things material, or natural media is used to place works discussed in the book in a much larger context, and that includes challenging a development of telecommunications to deal with ecological crisis.
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