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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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Media Histories, Media Theories, and Modernity

Media Histories, Media Theories, and Modernity

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Emancipation, the Media, and Modernity

Nicholas Garnham

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the debate about history and its relation to the past that springs out of the confrontation between modernity and Enlightenment thought. It also argues that all debates about the media necessarily mobilize historical arguments. In addition, it explores the interrelationship between different perspectives on media history, and the evaluative stances they carry with them, on the one hand and more general histories of modernity on the other. The post-modern attack on history is given. In general, it is argued that all theories of the media rest upon historical theories as to the process of the historical development of media institutions and practices and their relationship to the development of modernity and its characteristic social structures and practices.

Keywords:   media, history, modernity, Enlightenment thought, media history, media theories

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