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Speaking into the air : a history of the idea of communication

Author: John Durham Peters
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In contemporary debates, communication is variously invoked as a panacea for the problems of both democracy and love, as a dream of a new information society brought about by new technologies, and as a wistful ideal of human relations. How, and why, did communication come to shoulder the load it currently carries? Speaking into the Air, a broad history of communication, illuminates our expectations of it as both  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Durham Peters
ISBN: 0226662764 9780226662763
OCLC Number: 40452957
Description: x, 293 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the problem of communication. The historicity of communication --
The varied senses of "communication" --
Sorting theoretical debates in (and via) the 1920s --
Technical and therapeutic discourses after World War II. 1. Dialogue and dissemination. Dialogue and eros in the Phaedrus --
Dissemination in the synoptic gospels. 2. History of an error : the spiritualist tradition. Christian sources --
From matter to mind : "communication" in the seventeenth century --
Nineteenth-century spiritualism. 3. Toward a more robust vision of spirit : Hegel, Marx, and Kierkegaard. Hegel on recognition --
Marx (versus Locke) on money --
Kierkegaard's incognitos. 4. Phantasms of the living, dialogues with the dead. Recording and transmission --
Hermeneutics as communication with the dead --
Dead letters. 5. The quest for authentic connection, or bridging the chasm. The interpersonal walls of idealism --
Fraud or contact? : James on psychical research --
Reach out and touch someone : the telephonic uncanny --
Radio : broadcasting as dissemination (and dialogue). 6. Machines, animals, and aliens : horizons of incommunicability. The Turing test and the insuperability of eros --
Animals and empathy with the inhuman --
Communication with aliens. Conclusion : a squeeze of the hand. The gaps of which communication is made --
The privilege of the receiver --
The dark side of communication --
The irreducibility of touch and time.
Responsibility: John Durham Peters.
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