Metaphysics of Media: Toward an End of Postmodern Cynicism and the Construction of a Virtuous Realityby Peter K Fallon University of Scranton Press
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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.
Introduction: Why Metaphysics of Media?
Why Should Anyone Care?
Chapter One: On the Utility of the Media Ecological Perspective as a Tool in the Study of the Metaphysics of a Culture
Chapter Two: The Contentious Nature of Objective Reality and the Inarguable Value of Truth
Chapter Three: Orality
Chapter Four: The Metaphysics of Orality
Chapter Five: Literacy
Chapter Six: The Metaphysics of Literacy
Chapter Seven: Electric Culture
Chapter Eight: The Metaphysics of Electric Culture
Chapter Nine: In the Dark: The Survival of Ignorance in an Age of Information
Appendix: An Explanation of the Media Ecological Principles