Empire and Communications

Dundurn, 2007 - 287 Seiten

It's been said that without Harold A. Innis there could have been no Marshall McLuhan. Empire and Communications is one of Innis's most important contributions to the debate about how media influence the development of consciousness and societies. In this seminal text, he traces humanity's movement from the oral tradition of preliterate cultures to the electronic media of recent times. Along the way, he presents his own influential concepts of oral communication, time and space bias, and monopolies of knowledge.

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The style is a little dry, but Dr. Innis makes an interesting connection between the script, the method of writing(Hieroglyph, Cuneiform, alphabet) and the form of an Empire created in the past. A ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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General Introduction
The Oral Tradition and Greek Civilization
The Written Tradition and the Roman Empire
Paper and the Printing Press
Paper and the Printing Press
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Seite 78 - Amon in which the latter remarked that this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally...
Seite 194 - The English and American lawyers investigate what has been done; the French advocate inquires what should have been done ; the former produce precedents, the latter reasons. A French observer is surprised to hear how often an English or an American lawyer quotes the opinions of others, and how little he alludes to his own ; whilst the reverse occurs in France.
Seite 28 - It is idle to think that, by means of words, any real communication can ever pass from one man to another.
Seite 13 - He underwent a multilevel crisis towards the end of the Great Depression and the beginning of World War n that launched him on the second half of his intellectual journey.
Seite 214 - Science, Technology and Society in Seventeenth Century England
Seite 110 - The \ positive duty resulting from one man's reliance on the word of another is among the slowest conquests of advancing civilisation. Neither Ancient Law nor any other source of evidence discloses to us society entirely destitute of the conception of Contract. But the conception, when it first shows itself, is obviously rudimentary.

Über den Autor (2007)

Alexander John Watson is the author of Marginal Man:The Dark Vision of Harold Innis and is the president and CEO of CARE Canada.

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