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Valuation and Media Ecology: Ethics, Morals, and Laws (Corey Anton)

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Code: 978-1-57273-869-0

Title: Valuation and Media Ecology
Sub-title: Ethics, Morals, and Laws
Editor(s): Corey Anton
Publish Date: May 2010
Pages: 256
Format: Paper
"This phosphorescent book shows genius in every chapter. Each is intellectual dynamite--from the majestic first where values, morals, ethics and law are woven into an organic whole, to the world of imagination and possibility in the last. Along a horizon of erudite to brilliant, splendidly well-written, the book establishes a fresh way of thinking about ethics 'in an age of legality.' We've been grinding away with overworked terms--judgment, value, morality, jurisprudence. Now a new day dawns, with values embedded in natural language rather than artifice. A star-studded cast working in harmony--some of the finest thinkers in communications, writing with a creativity and verve that is truly astonishing. In the tradition of Burke's Language as Symbolic Action, Ong's Orality and Literacy, and Langer's Philosophy in a New Key, Valuation and Media Ecology is destined for history." --Clifford G. Christians, Research Professor of Communications, University of Illinois-Urbana

"Media ecology, and its insistence on communication as the environment in which we live, offers a new perspective on communication ethics and valuation in general. If the means of communication change human experience, human thought patterns, and human interaction, then they also influence ethics. These essays explore how speech, writing, print, electronic and digital media affect the public sphere, power, law, morality, and even religion. One can only wonder how we never noticed the key role of communication in the central concerns of human life before." --Paul A. Soukup, S.J., Santa Clara University

How are ethics, morals, and laws related to communication and communication technologies? In what ways--and to what degree--do communication technologies shape, maintain, and/or alter moral practices and sensibilities regarding justice and the good? In this provocative and engaging collection, noted scholars and media ecologists address these questions and many more. A must have anthology for anyone seeking to understand how communication and communication technologies bear upon valuation and life more generally.

Contents: INTRODUCTION. Ethicality, Morality, Legality: Alignments of Speech, Writing and Print, Respectively, Corey Anton. OVERVIEWS AND ORIENTATIONS. Ethics Unwired: Some Retrospections, Lee Thayer. Why is There No Such Thing as a Bad Shark?, Frank E.X. Dance. Altruism and the Origin of Language and Culture, Robert K. Logan. Concerning Media Ecology, Eric McLuhan. STUDIES AND APPLICATIONS. Rene Girard as Media Ecologist, Phil Rose. Fugue in D Minor, Stephanie Gibson. The Digital Dark Ages: A Retro-Speculative History of Possible Futures, Phil Graham and Greg Hearn. Aristotle's Energeia as a Necessary Attribute for Moral Communication in the New "Flat World", Kathryn Egan. Communication at the Speed of Life: Tele-vision, Intimacy, Community, and Nostalgia, Frank Macke. Getting Our Bearings about Western Culture and the World Today: Walter J. Ong versus Sayyid Qutb as Guide, Thomas J. Farrell. On Matters of Imagination and Possibility, Amardo Rodriguez. Author Index. Subject Index.

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