Since the late-1980s the rise of the Internet and the emergence of the Networked Society have led to a rapid and profound transformation of everyday life. Underpinning this revolution is the computer - a media technology that is capable of not only transforming itself, but almost every other machine and media process that humans have used throughout history.
In Philosophy of Media, Hassan and Sutherland explore the philosophical and technological trajectory of media from Classical Greece until today, casting a new and revealing light upon the global media condition. Key topics include:
the mediation of politicsthe question of objectivityautomata and the metaphor of the machineanalogue and digitaltechnological determinism.
Laid out in a clear and engaging format, Philosophy of Media provides an accessible and comprehensive exploration of the origins of the network society. It is essential reading for students of philosophy, media theory, politics, history and communication studies.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 18 mm
"A much needed and highly savvy examination of the contribution of philosophy to our understanding of media, especially social media, with refreshing attention to ancient philosophers."
Paul Levinson, Fordham University, USA
"Hassan and Sutherland offer a careful and lucid introduction to media as considered by philosophers over the centuries. The breadth of scholarship in Philosophy of Media is impressive, while the book also offers up some exciting and provocative thoughts about today's society."
William Brown, University of Roehampton, UK