- Series: Paradigm (Book 30)
- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Prickly Paradigm Press (November 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 097940570X
- ISBN-13: 978-0979405709
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Understanding Media: A Popular Philosophy (Paradigm)
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In the first part of the book, Boyer presents the triad of poetic, formal and medial forms of understanding. Poetic understanding accounts for the "bringing-forth" of human creation, a creative force or principle that realizes itself in the world. Formal understanding accounts for the fixed externalities confronting human beings, a fixed stable structure or set of forms which we encounter. Medial understanding accounts for "the domain of human interconnection and sociality and its modes of exchange and reproduction" (p. 27).
Boyer argues that all these ways of talking about media are complementary and all necessary if we want to understand media. Media are at once instruments that help us to achieve our purposes (poetic understanding), technical objects with an objective, fixed set of capacities and qualities (formal understanding), and a part of specific societies with specific histories and ways of shaping how we interact with one another (medial understanding).
In sum, this book is highly recommended for anyone interested in understanding media, as well as understanding the most important issues that have arisen among theorists of media.