In my theology and culture class we moved into a discussion about media, media theory and media culture this week, exploring the new realities facillitated by the technologies and various media we employ--how our self-understanding is often reconfigured. We spent a little time with McLuhan--I think you have to regradless of ones opinion about his work and we wound up with Virilio and particularly his theory of dromology--speed, and its effect upon us.
The work of Dominic Pettman in this realm is also pretty helpful. I love the maxim that was part of the inspiration for this talk/conference that, "Social participation is the oil of the digital economy," Pettman uses the term 'social lubrication' to explore the relationship between the virtual oil of digital economies and the way in which real oil drives economies. Below is a taste of some more of his work.