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Emancipation, the Media, and ModernityArguments about the Media and Social Theory$
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Nicholas Garnham

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198742258

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198742258.001.0001

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Introduction: The Media, Emancipation, and Modernity

Introduction: The Media, Emancipation, and Modernity

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(p.viii) (p.1) 1 Introduction: The Media, Emancipation, and Modernity
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Emancipation, the Media, and Modernity
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Nicholas Garnham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198742258.003.0001

This book approaches the problems raised by the media via a set of arguments contained in post-modernism and Information Society theory. It argues that the media is important because it raises a set of questions central to social and political theory. The book focuses on the problem raised by what Kant called the unsocial sociability of human kind. The book argues for a necessarily historical perspective, and then examines the implications for emancipation of seeing the media as cultural industries within the capitalist market economy; of seeing the media as technologies; of the specialisation of intellectual production and of the separation and increasing social distance between the producers and consumers of symbols. The issue of the viable community raises the question of the nature of the social challenge posed for the ethical project of social theory by modernity.

Keywords:   media, post-modernism, Information Society theory, Kant

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