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Philosophies, Volume 1, Issue 2 (September 2016) – 5 articles , Pages 126-169

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Acoustic Space, Marshall McLuhan and Links to Medieval Philosophers and Beyond: Center Everywhere and Margin Nowhere
Philosophies 2016, 1(2), 162-169; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies1020162 - 21 Sep 2016
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The origin of McLuhan’s notion of acoustic space is described. It is shown that his definition of acoustic space as having its center everywhere and its margin nowhere can be traced back to the Christian mystics of the Middle Ages and the early [...] Read more.
The origin of McLuhan’s notion of acoustic space is described. It is shown that his definition of acoustic space as having its center everywhere and its margin nowhere can be traced back to the Christian mystics of the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance dating as far back as the 12th Century. Full article
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Laws of Media, Their Environments and Their Users: The Flip of the Artifact, Its Ground and Its Users
Philosophies 2016, 1(2), 153-161; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies1020153 - 20 Sep 2016
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Marshall McLuhan’s Laws of Media (LOM), which describe the evolution of artifacts in terms of enhancement, obsolescence, retrieval, and reversal (or flip) are extended to create Laws of Media Environments (LOME) and Laws of Media Users (LOMU). It is shown that the environment [...] Read more.
Marshall McLuhan’s Laws of Media (LOM), which describe the evolution of artifacts in terms of enhancement, obsolescence, retrieval, and reversal (or flip) are extended to create Laws of Media Environments (LOME) and Laws of Media Users (LOMU). It is shown that the environment or ground in which the figures of the artifacts in the LOM operate and the users of those artifacts undergo, respectively, a similar evolution of enhancement, obsolescence, retrieval, and reversal paralleling McLuhan’s original LOM. Full article
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Marshall McLuhan: The Possibility of Re-Reading His Notion of Medium
Philosophies 2016, 1(2), 141-152; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies1020141 - 12 Aug 2016
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After describing the origins of media ecology and the role of Marshall McLuhan in that theoretical constitution process, this article addresses McLuhan’s perspective on technology and media. In this context, the article warns that the impossibility of reading McLuhan stems from segregating technique [...] Read more.
After describing the origins of media ecology and the role of Marshall McLuhan in that theoretical constitution process, this article addresses McLuhan’s perspective on technology and media. In this context, the article warns that the impossibility of reading McLuhan stems from segregating technique and culture. This is impossible because there is a need to think about the extension of his idea of medium. The article proposes a conversation between McLuhan’s contributions and the works of thinkers like Don Ihde and Martin Heidegger, and ends with a final discussion on the meaning of concept of medium. Full article
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McLuhan’s Philosophy of Media Ecology: An Introduction
Philosophies 2016, 1(2), 133-140; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies1020133 - 01 Aug 2016
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This essay will serve as an introduction to the collection of essays in this Special Issue of MDPI Philosophies that will explore the philosophical roots of Marshall McLuhan’s study of media and the field of media ecology that followed in its wake. Full article
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On the Roots of Media Ecology: A Micro-History and Philosophical Clarification
Philosophies 2016, 1(2), 126-132; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies1020126 - 04 Jul 2016
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This paper provides a brief review of media ecology. It is partly a micro-history of the tradition, and partly a philosophical clarification of how and why “systems-theory orientations,” literacy studies, and the rapid spread of new media were all essential to its germination, [...] Read more.
This paper provides a brief review of media ecology. It is partly a micro-history of the tradition, and partly a philosophical clarification of how and why “systems-theory orientations,” literacy studies, and the rapid spread of new media were all essential to its germination, growth, and proliferation. Finally, the paper offers concluding remarks regarding social constructionist thought and how it relates to the media ecology tradition. Full article
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