Cognitive Sustainability in the Age of Digital Culture

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The aim of this article is to contextualize the implications of the expansion of digital culture in the on-going discussions about the relations between sustainability and information and communication technologies. In order to relate the development of a global digital communication web, its effects on cultural processes and the issues of ecosystem and human sustainability that humanity is facing, I will relate and elaborate on three aspects: 1) A Batesonean perspective on sustainability 2) The recent evolution of the technosphere, and 3) Yuri Lotman’s notion of Semiosphere and his semiotic theory of culture. This path will lead me to delineate some of the eco-ethical dimensions implied in the development of pervasive digital-interactive-immersive-representational technologies.
Original languageEnglish
JournaltripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)473-482
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Biosphere
  • Technosphere
  • Semiosphere
  • sustainability
  • pervasive
  • digital
  • interactive
  • immersive
  • representational
  • technology


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