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."
"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
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