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Media and Modernity

Media and Modernity

A Social Theory of the Media

  • Author: John B. Thompson
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0745656749
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 322
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This wide-ranging and innovative book develops an original theory of the media and their impact on the modern world, from the emergence of printing to the most recent developments in the media industries.

Emancipation, the Media, and Modernity : Arguments about the Media and Social Theory

Emancipation, the Media, and Modernity : Arguments about the Media and Social Theory

Arguments about the Media and Social Theory

  • Author: Nicholas Garnham
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 9780191584190
  • Category:
  • Page: 214
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This book adopts a polemical stance. It approaches the problems raised by the media by way of a set of arguments with the two dominant paradigms now current for thinking about the mediaDSpost-modernism and Information Society theory. It argues that the media are important because they raise a set of questions that have been central to social and political theory since the Enlightenment. In a series of probes into different sets of questions raised by the media, the argument of the book focuses on the problem raised by what Kant called the unsocial sociability of human kind. Under what conditions could autonomous, free individuals live in viable social communities. Or to put it another way what are the related scope for, and limits on, human reason and emancipation. In conducting this argument the book first argues for a necessarily historical perspective. It then goes on to examine the implications for emancipation of seeing the media as cultural industries within the wider systems world of the capitalist market economy; of seeing the media as technologies; of the specialisation of intellectual production and of the separation and increasing social distance between the producers and consumers of symbols. It then goes on to argue, against current ethnographic trends in audience research and against the focus on everyday life, for a reinstatement of interest in the statistical reality of audiences and effects, and for a recognition through a return to the Hegelian roots of commodity fetishism, and the symbolic interactionist creation of identities, that an active audience can be actively involved in its own domination. The argument then turns to the problem of how we evaluate the symbolic forms that the media circulate and whether such evaluation can be anything more than a matter of personal taste. It is argued that evaluation is in practice unavoidable and without some standards that are more than just subjective any criticism of the medias performance is impossible. Via an examination of the debate between the sociology of art and aesthetics it argues for the ethical foundations of aesthetic judgement and for the establishment of agreed standards of aesthetic judgement via the discourse ethic that underlies the argument of the entire book. This foregrounding of the discourse ethic then leads on to a discussion of the media and politics. Here the argument is that arguments about the media and politics are at the heart of arguments about politics itself. These arguments focus, it is argued, upon the shifting division between the public and the private. Here the book returns to the roots of public sphere theory in Rousseaus arguments for the centrality of public spectacle and Kants argument for the centrality of public reason in the practice of democratic politics.

Time, Media and Modernity

Time, Media and Modernity

  • Author: E. Keightley
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137020687
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 241
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A wide ranging, interdisciplinary exploration of media time and mediated temporalities. The chapters explore the diverse ways in which time is articulated by media technologies, the way time is constructed, represented and communicated in cultural texts, and how it is experienced in different social contexts and environments.

Gender, Media and Modernity in the Asia-Pacific

Gender, Media and Modernity in the Asia-Pacific

  • Author: Catherine Driscoll,Meaghan Morris
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317688333
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 137
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This collection offers a range of cultural studies perspectives on the ways gender and modernity intersect in media produced in the Asia-Pacific region. It spans different ideas about modernity in the region, different approaches to cultural analysis, and different media forms: from Taiwanese lifestyle television to avant-garde Indian cinema, from the emergence of a Chinese youth culture in online social networks to the alienation of country girls as imagined by Australian soap opera, and from the fantastic politics of migrating bodies in Korean cinema to the masculine mimicry of fighting women in South-East Asian action movies. Together, these essays explore the ways that media both records and helps produce images and experiences of modernity and the integral role gender plays in those processes. This book was originally published as a special issue of Cultural Studies.

Cinema and Mass Media in Modernity. Walter Benjamin and the Reproducible Image

Cinema and Mass Media in Modernity. Walter Benjamin and the Reproducible Image

  • Author: Cyrus Manasseh
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag
  • ISBN: 3668041008
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 8
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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject Film Science, grade: N/A Professional Lecture, University of Western Sydney (School of Communication Arts, College of Arts), course: BA Design, language: English, abstract: From the beginning of photography, photographers had always attempted to produce photographs which could be accepted by the same criteria as painting. This was changed however by new people such as Moholy-Nagy, Rodchenko, Man Ray etc. who we already discussed in the tutorials. One of the first theories of film in the English Language was Vachel Lindsay’s The Art of the Moving Picture, which was published in 1915 which described the motion picture as a great high art. In fact, experiments in Electronic Media had originally begun in 1877 with the sound recordings Edison had made with his cylinder phonograph and the Gramophone (1898) and continuing with radio and silent movies of the 1920s and then talking cinema from 1926 which came out with the Jazz Singer. Following photography and its technological discoveries, Film production would continue to reveal the new link between art and the new developments in science during the early 19th century and the invention of film in the 1890s. Through its system of production, the rules of understanding images changed for everybody in significant ways. This period would be when the new mechanical technologies such as photographic, cinematic, and arriving soon after, television or televisual images would all be infinitely reproducible. This fact would change the role of images in society and greatly increase the influence upon us. In the era of the new films being made from the early 20th century, which had come out of the experiments that were taking place in photography one could say that then motion was added to the photograph. Because of this, early film could in this way be seen as early photoplays and the people best qualified for this had been the painters, architects and sculptors such as Edwin S. Porter in America, Georges Melies in France Dziga Vertov, Sergei Eisenstein in Russia, D.W. Griffith in America who represent some of the most important of these at the time. This lecture discuss the validity of Walter Benjamin’s ideas within an historical context in relation to the effects of the photographed or filmed image and the mass reproduction of images in society.

The Media and Modernity

The Media and Modernity

A Social Theory of the Media

  • Author: John Brookshire Thompson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780745610054
  • Category: Communication
  • Page: 314
  • View: 7960
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What role have communication media played in the formation of modern societies? How should we understand the social impact of new forms of communication and information diffusion, from the advent of printing in fifteenth-century Europe to the expansion of global communication networks today? In this major new work, Thompson addresses these and other questions by elaborating a distinctive social theory of communication media and their impact. He argues that the development of communication media has transformed the spatial and temporal constitution of social life, creating new forms of action and interaction which are no longer linked to the sharing of a common locale. The consequences of this transformation are far-reaching and impinge on many aspects of our lives, from the most intimate aspects of personal experience and self-formation to the changing nature of power and visibility in the public domain. -- Publisher description.

Children's Media and Modernity

Children's Media and Modernity

Film, Television and Digital Games

  • Author: Ewan Kirkland
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
  • ISBN: 9783034319911
  • Category:
  • Page: 296
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Throughout the modern era, the figure of the child has consistently reflected adult concerns about industrialisation, consumerism and technology. Drawing on case studies of Wallace and Gromit, Teletubbies, Horrible Histories and more, this book explores how media products for children navigate understandings of childhood and child audiences.

The Media and Modernity

The Media and Modernity

A Social Theory of the Media

  • Author: John Brookshire Thompson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780745610054
  • Category: Communication
  • Page: 314
  • View: 4957
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What role have communication media played in the formation of modern societies? How should we understand the social impact of new forms of communication and information diffusion, from the advent of printing in fifteenth-century Europe to the expansion of global communication networks today? In this major new work, Thompson addresses these and other questions by elaborating a distinctive social theory of communication media and their impact. He argues that the development of communication media has transformed the spatial and temporal constitution of social life, creating new forms of action and interaction which are no longer linked to the sharing of a common locale. The consequences of this transformation are far-reaching and impinge on many aspects of our lives, from the most intimate aspects of personal experience and self-formation to the changing nature of power and visibility in the public domain. -- Publisher description.