Publisher :University of Chicago Press Release Date :2016-08-15 ISBN :022642135X Pages :410 pages Rating :4.2/5 (264 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review The Marvelous Clouds by John Durham Peters:
Download or read book The Marvelous Clouds written by John Durham Peters and published by University of Chicago Press. This book was released on 2016-08-15 with total page 410 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: Peters defines media expansively as elements that compose the human world. Drawing from ideas implicit in media philosophy, Peters argues that media are more than carriers of messages: they are the very infrastructures combining nature and culture that allow human life to thrive. Through an encyclopedic array of examples from the oceans to the skies,The Marvelous Clouds reveals the long prehistory of so-called new media. Digital media, Peters argues, are an extension of early practices tied to the establishment of civilization such as mastering fire, building calendars, reading the stars, creating language, and establishing religions. New media do not take us into uncharted waters, but rather confront us with the deepest and oldest questions of society and ecology: how to manage the relations people have with themselves, others, and the natural world.
Publisher :University of Chicago Press Release Date :2012-04-26 ISBN :0226922634 Pages :304 pages Rating :4.2/5 (269 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Speaking into the Air by John Durham Peters:
Download or read book Speaking into the Air written by John Durham Peters and published by University of Chicago Press. This book was released on 2012-04-26 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: Communication plays a vital and unique role in society-often blamed for problems when it breaks down and at the same time heralded as a panacea for human relations. A sweeping history of communication, Speaking Into the Air illuminates our expectations of communication as both historically specific and a fundamental knot in Western thought. "This is a most interesting and thought-provoking book. . . . Peters maintains that communication is ultimately unthinkable apart from the task of establishing a kingdom in which people can live together peacefully. Given our condition as mortals, communication remains not primarily a problem of technology, but of power, ethics and art." —Antony Anderson, New Scientist "Guaranteed to alter your thinking about communication. . . . Original, erudite, and beautifully written, this book is a gem." —Kirkus Reviews "Peters writes to reclaim the notion of authenticity in a media-saturated world. It's this ultimate concern that renders his book a brave, colorful exploration of the hydra-headed problems presented by a rapid-fire popular culture." —Publishers Weekly What we have here is a failure-to-communicate book. Funny thing is, it communicates beautifully. . . . Speaking Into the Air delivers what superb serious books always do-hours of intellectual challenge as one absorbs the gradually unfolding vision of an erudite, creative author." —Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer
Publisher : Release Date :2020-02-18 ISBN :022661185X Pages :336 pages Rating :4.2/5 (266 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Promiscuous Knowledge by Kenneth Cmiel:
Download or read book Promiscuous Knowledge written by Kenneth Cmiel and published by . This book was released on 2020-02-18 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: "Histories of communication are still relatively rare birds, but this one is distinctive on several grounds. The two authors are/were undisputed giants in the field. Ken Cmiel, the originator of the book, still unfinished when he suddenly died in 2006, was a cultural historian of communication; his best friend, John Peters, is one of the world leaders in the intellectual history of communication. In completing that unfinished manuscript, Peters has performed astonishing prestidigitation here in creating an effective hybrid: he retains the core of Cmiel's account, while creating a unique book that, courtesy of Peters, brilliantly spins out the solid Cmielian core and its material traces into gorgeous reflections on aspects of how we make our way through a world of images and information. Promiscuous Knowledge constructs a cultural and intellectual history of information, images, and conceptions of knowledge since the 17th century, with an emphasis on the American context since the 19th century. Cmiel/Peters sketch the way in which various containers for information-knowledge, expertise, abridgment, books, digests, encyclopedias, museums, etc.-have variably organized gluts of information, and how these containers have eroded since the 1970s. A parallel throughline traces social attitudes and practices around images and key media for circulating and experiencing them. Cmiel envisioned the largest contour of the book as a contribution to the history of truth and truth-making. His protagonists are pictures and facts, images and information. They enact a process of gradual dismantling, erosion, or collapse of the mass culture system from last century into the present. Promiscuous knowledge has a new face, courtesy of the online universe full of filter bubbles, echo chambers, and fake news. Google offers a single portal to a churning mass of confusion; it lacks a principle of inclusion/inclusivity, it has no way of framing the whole. Peters has shaped what Cmiel started out with into a better Trump-era book than an Obama-era book. And he has retained its core: a brief history of how we left the world of fact for the world of information"--
Publisher :SAGE Release Date :2006 ISBN :9781412906586 Pages :276 pages Rating :4.9/5 (65 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Communication as ... by Gregory J. Shepherd:
Download or read book Communication as ... written by Gregory J. Shepherd and published by SAGE. This book was released on 2006 with total page 276 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: In Communication as...: Perspectives on Theory, editors Gregory J. Shepherd, Jeffrey St. John, and Ted Striphas bring together a collection of 27 essays that explores the wide range of theorizing about communication, cutting across all lines of traditional division in the field. The essays in this text are written by leading scholars in the field of communication theory, with each scholar employing a particular stance or perspective on what communication theory is and how it functions. In essays that are brief, argumentative, and forceful, the scholars propose their perspective as a primary or essential way of viewing communication with decided benefits over other views.
Publisher :SAGE Release Date :2007-04-05 ISBN :9781412952378 Pages :525 pages Rating :4.9/5 (523 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Theorizing Communication by Robert T. Craig:
Download or read book Theorizing Communication written by Robert T. Craig and published by SAGE. This book was released on 2007-04-05 with total page 525 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: Presents the collection of primary-source readings built around the idea that communication theory is a field with an identifiable history and has developed within seven main traditions of thought - the rhetorical, semiotic, phenomenological, cybernetic, sociopsychological, sociocultural, and critical traditions.
Publisher :Taylor & Francis Release Date :2006 ISBN :9780415326445 Pages :424 pages Rating :4.3/5 (264 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Visual Culture: Spaces of visual culture by Joanne Morra:
Download or read book Visual Culture: Spaces of visual culture written by Joanne Morra and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2006 with total page 424 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis:
Publisher :University of Chicago Press Release Date :2020-02-21 ISBN :9780226717784 Pages :316 pages Rating :4.7/5 (177 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Courting the Abyss by John Durham Peters:
Download or read book Courting the Abyss written by John Durham Peters and published by University of Chicago Press. This book was released on 2020-02-21 with total page 316 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: Courting the Abyss updates the philosophy of free expression for a world that is very different from the one in which it originated. The notion that a free society should allow Klansmen, neo-Nazis, sundry extremists, and pornographers to spread their doctrines as freely as everyone else has come increasingly under fire. At the same time, in the wake of 9/11, the Right and the Left continue to wage war over the utility of an absolute vision of free speech in a time of increased national security. Courting the Abyss revisits the tangled history of free speech, finding resolutions to these debates hidden at the very roots of the liberal tradition. A mesmerizing account of the role of public communication in the Anglo-American world, Courting the Abyss shows that liberty's earliest advocates recognized its fraternal relationship with wickedness and evil. While we understand freedom of expression to mean "anything goes," John Durham Peters asks why its advocates so often celebrate a sojourn in hell and the overcoming of suffering. He directs us to such well-known sources as the prose and poetry of John Milton and the political and philosophical theory of John Locke, Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, and Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., as well as lesser-known sources such as the theology of Paul of Tarsus. In various ways they all, he shows, envisioned an attitude of self-mastery or self-transcendence as a response to the inevitable dangers of free speech, a troubled legacy that continues to inform ruling norms about knowledge, ethical responsibility, and democracy today. A world of gigabytes, undiminished religious passion, and relentless scientific discovery calls for a fresh account of liberty that recognizes its risk and its splendor. Instead of celebrating noxious doctrine as proof of society's robustness, Courting the Abyss invites us to rethink public communication today by looking more deeply into the unfathomable mystery of liberty and evil.
Publisher :University of Texas Press Release Date :1997 ISBN :9780292704763 Pages :331 pages Rating :4.7/5 (47 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review The Image in Dispute by Dudley Andrew:
Download or read book The Image in Dispute written by Dudley Andrew and published by University of Texas Press. This book was released on 1997 with total page 331 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: Photography, cinema, and video have irrevocably changed the ways in which we view and interpret images. Indeed, the mechanical reproduction of images was a central preoccupation of twentieth-century philosopher Walter Benjamin, who recognized that film would become a vehicle not only for the entertainment of the masses but also for consumerism and even communism and fascism. In this volume, experts in film studies and art history take up the debate, begun by Benjamin, about the power and scope of the image in a secular age. Part I aims to bring Benjamin's concerns to life in essays that evoke specific aspects and moments of the visual culture he would have known. Part II focuses on precise instances of friction within the traditional arts brought on by this century's changes in the value and mission of images. Part III goes straight to the image technologies themselves—photography, cinema, and video—to isolate distinctive features of the visual cultures they help constitute. As we advance into the postmodern era, in which images play an ever more central role in conveying perceptions and information, this anthology provides a crucial context for understanding the apparently irreversible shift from words to images that characterized the modernist period. It will be important reading for everyone in cultural studies, film and media studies, and art history.
Publisher :Duke University Press Release Date :2003-12-22 ISBN :0822385694 Pages :352 pages Rating :4.8/5 (223 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Memory Bytes by Lauren Rabinovitz:
Download or read book Memory Bytes written by Lauren Rabinovitz and published by Duke University Press. This book was released on 2003-12-22 with total page 352 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: Digital culture is often characterized as radically breaking with past technologies, practices, and ideologies rather than as reflecting or incorporating them. Memory Bytes seeks to counter such ahistoricism, arguing for the need to understand digital culture—and its social, political, and ethical ramifications—in historical and philosophical context. Looking at a broad range of technologies, including photography, print and digital media, heat engines, stereographs, and medical imaging, the contributors present a number of different perspectives from which to reflect on the nature of media change. While foregrounding the challenges of drawing comparisons across varied media and eras, Memory Bytes explores how technologies have been integrated into society at different moments in time. These essays from scholars in the social sciences and humanities cover topics related to science and medicine, politics and war, mass communication, philosophy, film, photography, and art. Whether describing how the cultural and legal conflicts over player piano rolls prefigured controversies over the intellectual property status of digital technologies such as mp3 files; comparing the experiences of watching QuickTime movies to Joseph Cornell’s “boxed relic” sculptures of the 1930s and 1940s; or calling for a critical history of electricity from the Enlightenment to the present, Memory Bytes investigates the interplay of technology and culture. It relates the Information Age to larger and older political and cultural phenomena, analyzes how sensory effects have been technologically produced over time, considers how human subjectivity has been shaped by machines, and emphasizes the dependence of particular technologies on the material circumstances within which they were developed and used. Contributors. Judith Babbitts, Scott Curtis, Ronald E. Day, David Depew, Abraham Geil, Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi, Lisa Gitelman, N. Katherine Hayles, John Durham Peters, Lauren Rabinovitz, Laura Rigal, Vivian Sobchack, Thomas Swiss
Publisher : Release Date :1982 ISBN : Pages :364 pages Rating :4.:/5 (914 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review The Sacred and Sociality by John Durham Peters:
Download or read book The Sacred and Sociality written by John Durham Peters and published by . This book was released on 1982 with total page 364 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis:
Publisher :Peter Lang Release Date :2008 ISBN :9780820488295 Pages :390 pages Rating :4.4/5 (882 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review The History of Media and Communication Research by David W. Park:
Download or read book The History of Media and Communication Research written by David W. Park and published by Peter Lang. This book was released on 2008 with total page 390 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: «Strictly speaking», James Carey wrote, «there is no history of mass communication research.» This volume is a long-overdue response to Carey's comment about the field's ignorance of its own past. The collection includes essays of historiographical self-scrutiny, as well as new histories that trace the field's institutional evolution and cross-pollination with other academic disciplines. The volume treats the remembered past of mass communication research as crucial terrain where boundaries are marked off and futures plotted. The collection, intended for scholars and advanced graduate students, is an essential compass for the field.
Publisher :Duke University Press Release Date :1997-07-03 ISBN :9780822382089 Pages :371 pages Rating :4.3/5 (82 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Culture, Power, Place by Akhil Gupta:
Download or read book Culture, Power, Place written by Akhil Gupta and published by Duke University Press. This book was released on 1997-07-03 with total page 371 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: Anthropology has traditionally relied on a spatially localized society or culture as its object of study. The essays in Culture, Power, Place demonstrate how in recent years this anthropological convention and its attendant assumptions about identity and cultural difference have undergone a series of important challenges. In light of increasing mass migration and the transnational cultural flows of a late capitalist, postcolonial world, the contributors to this volume examine shifts in anthropological thought regarding issues of identity, place, power, and resistance. This collection of both new and well-known essays begins by critically exploring the concepts of locality and community; first, as they have had an impact on contemporary global understandings of displacement and mobility, and, second, as they have had a part in defining identity and subjectivity itself. With sites of discussion ranging from a democratic Spain to a Puerto Rican barrio in North Philadelphia, from Burundian Hutu refugees in Tanzania to Asian landscapes in rural California, from the silk factories of Hangzhou to the long-sought-after home of the Palestinians, these essays examine the interplay between changing schemes of categorization and the discourses of difference on which these concepts are based. The effect of the placeless mass media on our understanding of place—and the forces that make certain identities viable in the world and others not—are also discussed, as are the intertwining of place-making, identity, and resistance as they interact with the meaning and consumption of signs. Finally, this volume offers a self-reflective look at the social and political location of anthropologists in relation to the questions of culture, power, and place—the effect of their participation in what was once seen as their descriptions of these constructions. Contesting the classical idea of culture as the shared, the agreed upon, and the orderly, Culture, Power, Place is an important intervention in the disciplines of anthropology and cultural studies. Contributors. George E. Bisharat, John Borneman, Rosemary J. Coombe, Mary M. Crain, James Ferguson, Akhil Gupta, Kristin Koptiuch, Karen Leonard, Richard Maddox, Lisa H. Malkki, John Durham Peters, Lisa Rofel
Publisher :Routledge Release Date :2016-06-23 ISBN :1135016372 Pages :202 pages Rating :4.1/5 (35 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Software, Infrastructure, Labor by Ned Rossiter:
Download or read book Software, Infrastructure, Labor written by Ned Rossiter and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-06-23 with total page 202 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: Infrastructure makes worlds. Software coordinates labor. Logistics governs movement. These pillars of contemporary capitalism correspond with the materiality of digital communication systems on a planetary scale. Ned Rossiter theorizes the force of logistical media to discern how subjectivity and labor, economy and society are tied to the logistical imaginary of seamless interoperability. Contingency haunts logistical power. Technologies of capture are prone to infrastructural breakdown, sabotage, and failure. Strategies of evasion, anonymity, and disruption unsettle regimes of calculation and containment. We live in a computational age where media, again, disappear into the background as infrastructure. Software, Infrastructure, Labor intercuts transdisciplinary theoretical reflection with empirical encounters ranging from the Cold War legacy of cybernetics, shipping ports in China and Greece, the territoriality of data centers, video game design, and scrap metal economies in the e-waste industry. Rossiter argues that infrastructural ruins serve as resources for the collective design of blueprints and prototypes demanded of radical politics today.
Publisher : Release Date :1988 ISBN : Pages :168 pages Rating :4.:/5 (757 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Reconstructing Mass Communication Theory by John Durham Peters:
Download or read book Reconstructing Mass Communication Theory written by John Durham Peters and published by . This book was released on 1988 with total page 168 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis:
Publisher :Oxford University Press, USA Release Date :2021 ISBN :0190932635 Pages :304 pages Rating :4.1/5 (99 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Audible Infrastructures by Kyle Devine:
Download or read book Audible Infrastructures written by Kyle Devine and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2021 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: "Music is typically encountered as a cultural surface. Songs emanate instantaneously and almost magically from our computers and phones. Tools for playing and making music, such as recordings and guitars, wait for us in stores, ready for purchase with no assembly required. And when we're done with this stuff, we can kick it to the curb, where it disappears effortlessly and without a trace. Day-to-day musical enjoyment seems so simple, so easy, so automatic. But it isn't. This book digs beneath such surface-level encounters to reveal the infrastructural dimensions of music and listening. It takes nothing for granted about the manufacture, delivery, or disposal of music's material and human bases. These infrastructural phenomena encompass the interrelated material, organizational, and ideological systems that facilitate three main phases in the social life and social death of musical commodities: (1) resources and production, (2) circulation and transmission, (3) failure and waste. The book asks how these three phases influence and respond to aesthetic conventions, material-environmental realities, and political-economic conditions in both industrializing and industrialized parts of the world. Although sawmills, mineshafts, power grids, telecoms networks, transport systems, and junk piles may seem peripheral to musical culture, Audible Infrastructures shows that all these humble things and their ordinary people are actually pivotal to what music is, how it works, and why it matters. Undertaking a concerted archaeology of music's media infrastructures is thus a means of understanding society and of knowing ourselves-and it is a step toward the reorientation of our musical cultures"--
Publisher :Wallflower Press Release Date :2005 ISBN :9781904764045 Pages :183 pages Rating :4.7/5 (64 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Reality TV by Anita Biressi:
Download or read book Reality TV written by Anita Biressi and published by Wallflower Press. This book was released on 2005 with total page 183 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: "Through detailed case studies this book breaks new ground by linking together two major themes: the production of realism and its relationship to revelation. It addresses 'truth telling', confession and the production of knowledges about the self and its place in the world".--BOOKJACKET.
Publisher :Wayne State University Press Release Date :2004 ISBN :9780814327753 Pages :384 pages Rating :4.3/5 (277 users) GO BOOK!
Summary Book Review Dialogic Moments by Tamar Katriel:
Download or read book Dialogic Moments written by Tamar Katriel and published by Wayne State University Press. This book was released on 2004 with total page 384 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: An original ethnographic study about communication and culture in Palestine and Israel during the Twentieth Century, examining three modes of communication-soul talks, straight talk, and talk radio.