In The Metaphysics of Media, award-winning media critic Peter K. Fallon tackles the complicated question of how a succession of dominant forms of media have supported—and even to some extent created—different conceptions of reality. To do so, he starts with the basics: a critical discussion of the very idea of objective reality and the various postmodern responses that havIn The Metaphysics of Media, award-winning media critic Peter K. Fallon tackles the complicated question of how a succession of dominant forms of media have supported—and even to some extent created—different conceptions of reality. To do so, he starts with the basics: a critical discussion of the very idea of objective reality and the various postmodern responses that have tended to dominate recent philosophical approaches to the subject. From there, he embarks on a survey of the evolution of communication through four major eras: orality; literacy; print; and electricity. Within each era, Fallon argues, the dominant form of media supported particular ways of understanding the world, from the ascendance of reason that followed the development of alphabets to the obliteration of space and time that we associate with electronic communications. Fallon concludes with a hard look at the mass ignorance that prevails today despite (or perhaps because of) the sea of information with which contemporary life is surrounded. A stirring, philosophically rich investigation, The Metaphysics of Media offers not only a clear picture of where our society has been but also a road map to a more engaged, informed, and fully human future....
|Title||:||The Metaphysics of Media: Toward an End of Postmodern Cynicism and the Construction of a Virtuous Reality|
|Number of Pages||:||275 Pages|
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The Metaphysics of Media: Toward an End of Postmodern Cynicism and the Construction of a Virtuous Reality Reviews
WINNER OF THE LEWIS MUMFORD AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP IN THE ECOLOGY OF TECHNICS FOR 2010!"Peter K. Fallon believes that ethics and metaphysics should never be limited to professional academic philosophers and theologians. In The Metaphysics of Media Fallon takes a courageous stand against our popular culture of media and the postmodern view of information as a salable commodity. He investigates how and why different media, through different historical eras, have engendered and supported certain concepts of reality – at the expense of others. He begins with a critical discussion of the essential idea of objective reality and truth. Fallon then unfolds the story of the evolution of communication through four major eras and the metaphysical foundation that underlies each era and concludes with a look at the troubling rise of mass ignorance in what we call (without a hint of irony) an "age of information." "Fallon brings keen insight, wit, and wisdom to bear on the momentous issues and questions related to today's media and to their raison d'etre and modus operandi as envisioned and actualized by their 'masters and practitioners' -- owners, directors, talking heads -- and, with our own complicity, us. One way or another, even for those who try to 'tune it out', in this age epitomized by the battle between CNN and Fox News, the media surround and affect us all, and Fallon's voice needs to be heard. Everyone who reads this book will be challenged to examine how they understand the media, and how much they allow the media to 'fill up' their lives, their minds, their hearts, and their souls. In what he calls our "age of darkness", Fallon shines a very bright light on the media and how we allow ourselves to be affected by it. Can you turn off your TV and your computer and your radio and your iTunes and your cell phone long enough to quietly read this book?"Reactions from the blind reviewer, via University of Scranton Press:"Fallon has taken on a weighty and daunting task in this work...this manuscript is very well written, very well argued and despite its length, concise and coherent... It makes an important contribution to a variety of disciplines, including, media studies, cultural studies, ethics and the history of technology and culture...very strong, it reminds me in some ways of the writing of the late Neil Postman (http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?re...), who the author quotes extensively. The author’s passion is welcome, especially in a field where the passivity and neutral voice is often looked upon as key to a well written text... I think that this work is a welcome cannon shot across the bow of post-modernism, and will spark much needed debate. Fallon’s passion and emotional connection serve him well and I think this book will be well received..."Reaction from the publisher:Fallon is "waging a one man battle in the discipline. A voice crying in the wilderness, like John the Baptist... (When the book is published) maybe that voice will be heard by more people...It challenges a reader on every page...Grand work."And, after reading one chapter (In the Dark) in 2002, the Late Georgetown University Professor of Theology and Catholic intellectual Monika Hellwig said "I certainly hope you will publish it. It would attract the attention of the right people in America," and called it "a truly significant piece of work."
A fascinating look at the hidden biases of the tools we use.