Critical Terms for Media Studies by Mark B. N. Hansen, W. J. T. Mitchell

By Mark B. N. Hansen, W. J. T. Mitchell

Communications, philosophy, movie and video, electronic tradition: media experiences straddles an fantastic array of fields and disciplines and produces a vocabulary that's in equivalent components rigorous and intuitive. severe phrases for Media reports defines, and from time to time, redefines, what this new and hybrid quarter goals to do, illuminating the major thoughts in the back of its liveliest debates and so much dynamic topics.

Part of a bigger dialog that engages tradition, know-how, and politics, this interesting selection of essays explores our most crucial language for facing the traits and modes of latest media. Edited via extraordinary students within the box, W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen, the amount good points works by means of a staff of unusual members. those essays, commissioned expressly for this quantity, are equipped into 3 interrelated teams: “Aesthetics” engages with phrases that describe sensory studies and judgments, “Technology” bargains access right into a huge array of technological ideas, and “Society” opens up language describing the structures that let a medium to function.

A compelling reference paintings for the twenty-first century and the media that shape our event inside it, severe phrases for Media stories will have interaction and deepen any reader’s wisdom of 1 of our most vital new fields.

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To show that the time process does raise philosophy to the level of scientific system would, therefore, be the only true justification of the attempts which aim at proving that philosophy must assume this character; because the temporal process would thus bring out and lay bare the necessity of it, nay, more, would at the same time be carrying out that very aim itself. When we state the true form of truth to be its scientific character—or, what is the same thing, when it is maintained that truth finds the medium of its existence in notions or conceptions alone—I know that this seems to contradict an idea with all its consequences which makes great pretensions and has gained widespread acceptance and conviction at the present time.

Now we have apparently the need for the opposite of all this; man’s mind and interest are so deeply rooted in the earthly that we require a like power to have them raised above that level. His spirit shows such poverty of nature that it seems to long for the mere pitiful feeling of the divine in the abstract, and to get refreshment from that, like a wanderer in the desert craving for the merest mouthful of water. By the little which can thus satisfy the needs of the human spirit we can measure the extent of its loss.

W. F. Hegel professes to have to other treatises on the same subject, an extraneous interest is introduced, and obscurity is thrown over the point at issue in the knowledge of the truth. The more the ordinary mind takes the opposition between true and false to be fi xed, the more is it accustomed to expect either agreement or contradiction with a given philosophical system, and only to see reason for the one or the other in any explanatory statement concerning such a system. It does not conceive the diversity of philosophical systems as the progressive evolution of truth; rather, it sees only contradiction in that variety.

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