1st Edition

Philosophy of Media A Short History of Ideas and Innovations from Socrates to Social Media

By Robert Hassan, Thomas Sutherland Copyright 2017
    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    Since the late-1980s the rise of the Internet and the emergence of the Networked Society have led to a rapid and profound transformation of everyday life. Underpinning this revolution is the computer – a media technology that is capable of not only transforming itself, but almost every other machine and media process that humans have used throughout history.

    In Philosophy of Media, Hassan and Sutherland explore the philosophical and technological trajectory of media from Classical Greece until today, casting a new and revealing light upon the global media condition. Key topics include:

    • the mediation of politics
    • the question of objectivity
    • automata and the metaphor of the machine
    • analogue and digital
    • technological determinism.

    Laid out in a clear and engaging format, Philosophy of Media provides an accessible and comprehensive exploration of the origins of the network society. It is essential reading for students of philosophy, media theory, politics, history and communication studies.

    Introduction - In Medias Res

    Chapter 1 In the beginning was the (written) word…

    Chapter 2 The Mediation of Politics

    Chapter 3 Encoding the Universe

    Chapter 4 The Question of Objectivity

    Chapter 5 Automata and the Metaphor of the Machine

    Chapter 6 Form, Matter, and Simulation

    Chapter 7 Analogue and Digital

    Chapter 8 Technological Determinism: A social Science fiction?

    Chapter 9 Global Media Society

    Chapter 10 End of Modern Politics?

    Chapter 11 Time, Technology and an Ethic of Responsibility

    Conclusion - Bridging the Past and Future


    Robert Hassan is Associate Professor and Head of the Media and Communications programme in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

    Thomas Sutherland recently completed his PhD in the Media and Communications programme at the University of Melbourne, Australia where he also currently lectures.

    "A much needed and highly savvy examination of the contribution of philosophy to our understanding of media, especially social media, with refreshing attention to ancient philosophers."
    Paul Levinson, Fordham University, USA

    "Hassan and Sutherland offer a careful and lucid introduction to media as considered by philosophers over the centuries. The breadth of scholarship in Philosophy of Media is impressive, while the book also offers up some exciting and provocative thoughts about today’s society."
    William Brown, University of Roehampton, UK