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Media of ReasonA Theory of Rationality$
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Matthias Vogel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231150583

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231150583.001.0001

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What are Media?

What are Media?

(p.78) 2 What are Media?
Media of Reason

Matthias Vogel

, Darrell P. Arnold
Columbia University Press

This chapter attempts to define the concept of media through sociological, technological, and action-theoretic frameworks, in crafting a general theory of media. In social theory contexts, the explications characterizing media yield an astoundingly heterogeneous composite, encompassing such things as language, love, health, the formation of empirical order, and so on. From this standpoint, media theory expands to include the consequences of media, particularly in the context of societal structures, which have changed and developed in response to the use of media. The final concept of media discussed in this chapter is grounded on John Dewey's action theory. Dewey's concept plays a decisive role in differentiating art from merely purposive action, especially in the reconstruction of art as a dimension of intersubjective communication.

Keywords:   social theory, action-theory, technology, media theory, intersubjective communication, societal structures, art

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