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Speaking Into the Air : A History of the Idea of Communication
by John Durham Peters

Overview - 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 Air" illuminates our expectations of communication as both historically specific and a fundamental knot in Western thought.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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 Air" illuminates 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 Air" delivers 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"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780226662770
  • ISBN-10: 0226662772
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publish Date: October 2000
  • Page Count: 304


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