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Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication [Paperback]

Item : Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication [Paperback]
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Author Author : Peters, John Durham
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0226662772
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780226662770
Publisher Publisher : University Of Chicago Press
Pages Pages : 304
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100013993

Communication plays a vital and unique role in society-often blamed for problems when it breaks down and at the same time heralded as a panacea for human relations. A sweeping history of communication,Speaking Into the Airilluminates our expectations of communication as both historically specific and a fundamental knot in Western thought.

This is a most interesting and thought-provoking book. . . . Peters maintains that communication is ultimately unthinkable apart from the task of establishing a kingdom in which people can live together peacefully. Given our condition as mortals, communication remains not primarily a problem of technology, but of power, ethics and art. —Antony Anderson,New Scientist

Guaranteed to alter your thinking about communication. . . . Original, erudite, and beautifully written, this book is a gem. —Kirkus Reviews

Peters writes to reclaim the notion of authenticity in a media-saturated world. It's this ultimate concern that renders his book a brave, colorful exploration of the hydra-headed problems presented by a rapid-fire popular culture. —Publishers Weekly

What we have here is a failure-to-communicate book. Funny thing is, it communicates beautifully. . . .Speaking Into the Airdelivers what superb serious books always do-hours of intellectual challenge as one absorbs the gradually unfolding vision of an erudite, creative author. —Carlin Romano,Philadelphia Inquirer
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 thelC-

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