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 politics
the question of objectivity
automata and the metaphor of the machine
analogue and digital
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.
Robert Hassan is Associate Professor and Head of the Media and Communications programme in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Thomas Sutherland recently completed his PhD in the Media and Communications programme at the University of Melbourne, Australia where he also currently lectures.
Introduction - In Medias Res Chapter 1 In the beginning was the (written) word... Chapter 2 The Mediation of Politics Chapter 3 Encoding the Universe Chapter 4 The Question of Objectivity Chapter 5 Automata and the Metaphor of the Machine Chapter 6 Form, Matter, and Simulation Chapter 7 Analogue and Digital Chapter 8 Technological Determinism: A social Science fiction? Chapter 9 Global Media Society Chapter 10 End of Modern Politics? Chapter 11 Time, Technology and an Ethic of Responsibility Conclusion - Bridging the Past and Future