Understanding Media: A Popular Philosophy by Dominic BoyerUnderstanding Media: A Popular Philosophy by Dominic Boyer

Understanding Media: A Popular Philosophy

byDominic Boyer

Paperback | November 15, 2007

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Why do we understand media the way we do? In their simplest forms, media are means of communication and instruments of human creativity. But on another level, media are powerful technologies that govern how we think and act in the world, and they can even take on a sinister character, with media conglomerates working in opposition to freedom of information. Dominic Boyer grapples with these complexities in Understanding Media, where he questions what our different ways of engaging media actually tell us about media, how we relate to information, and about ourselves.

Understanding Media explores, in a serious yet entertaining way, our common habits of thinking about the presence and significance of media in our lives. Offering analysis of the philosophical and social foundations of contemporary media theory as well as everyday strategies of knowing media, it addresses the advantages and limitations of different ways of understanding media. Finally, Boyer reflects on how we can know media better than we do.
Dominic Boyer is associate professor of anthropology at Cornell University. He is the author of Spirit and System: Media, Intellectuals, and the Dialectic in Modern German Culture, published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Title:Understanding Media: A Popular PhilosophyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 7 × 4.5 × 0.3 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Prickly Paradigm PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:097940570X

ISBN - 13:9780979405709

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