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Philosophies 2016, 1(3), 170-189; doi:10.3390/philosophies1030170

Extrapolating on McLuhan: How Media Environments of the Given, the Represented, and the Induced Shape and Reshape Our Sensorium

Independent Scholar, Kingston, ON K7M 2W8, Canada
Academic Editors: Robert K. Logan and Marcin J. Schroeder
Received: 3 June 2016 / Revised: 14 September 2016 / Accepted: 14 September 2016 / Published: 22 September 2016
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The article develops Marshall McLuhan’s approach to the interplay between media, the sensorium, and reality. McLuhan’s concepts of “acoustic space” and “visual space” are unfolded with regard to the consequences that digital media will have on the human ability to perceive reality. Reality–sensorium interaction is systematized in the article. This systematization includes the environments of the given, the represented, and the induced. These environments are shaped by sequential stages of media evolution, which relate to preliterate media, alphabet-based media, and digital media. Existing and upcoming media technologies are presumed to alter human biology and transcend it. Within the set of media technologies that alter human biology, artificial flavours, electrically induced senses, immersive media, augmented reality, and virtual reality are treated. Within the set of media impacts that will change the human sensorium, the dismissal of gravity (related to the McLuhanian “angelism” of electronic discarnate man), the switch in navigation from biological networking to social networking, the sense of others, and the thirst for response are treated. Plato, Lenin, Wittgenstein, Benveniste, Logan, Carr, Shirky, and other thinkers are employed in the article to support these McLuhanian speculations, and sketch out prospective trends in the evolution of media and the sensorium. View Full-Text
Keywords: Marshall McLuhan; human sensorium; digital media; synesthesia; augmented reality; virtual reality; transhumanism Marshall McLuhan; human sensorium; digital media; synesthesia; augmented reality; virtual reality; transhumanism
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Miroshnichenko, A. Extrapolating on McLuhan: How Media Environments of the Given, the Represented, and the Induced Shape and Reshape Our Sensorium. Philosophies 2016, 1, 170-189.

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