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New Single: What Was Artificial Intelligence?

Sue Curry Jansen's classic critique of AI rhetoric, republished open access with a new introduction by Jansen.

Published onApr 01, 2022
New Single: What Was Artificial Intelligence?
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When it was originally published in 2002, Sue Curry Jansen’s “What Was Artificial Intelligence?” attracted little notice. The long essay was published as a chapter in Jansen’s Critical Communication Theory, a book whose wisdom and erudition failed to register across the many fields it addressed. One explanation for the neglect, ironic and telling, is that Jansen’s sheer scope as an intellectual had few competent readers in the communication studies discipline into which she published the book. “What Was Artificial Intelligence?” was buried treasure. In this mediastudies.press edition, Jansen’s prescient autopsy of AI self-selling—the rhetoric of the masculinist sublime—is reprinted with a new introduction. Now an open access book, What Was Artificial Intelligence? is a message in a bottle, addressed to Musk, Bezos, and the latest generation of AI myth-makers.

Sue Curry Jansen is professor of media & communication at Muhlenberg College.

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What Was Artificial Intelligence? includes an eponymous chapter originally published as Sue Curry Jansen, “What Was Artificial Intelligence?” in Critical Communication Theory: Power, Media, Gender, and Technology (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002). Reprinted with permission.

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Cover design: Jeff Pooley | Copy-editing & proofing: Emily Alexander

Credit for cover & hero image: Photo by Massimo Botturi on Unsplash

Credit for LaTeX template: Book design inspired by Edward Tufte, by The Tufte-LaTeX Developers

isbn 978-1-951399-06-1 (print) | isbn 978-1-951399-05-46 (ebook)

doi 10.32376/3f8575cb.0cc62523

Library of Congress Control Number 2022930299

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Edition 1 published in April 2022

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