Ground-making. The Medium As Environment<br />CARLO PERONI<br />BARCELLONA <br />MAY2011<br />
Aims of the Paper<br />Considering the media concept as a theoretical device<br />Developing a conceptual analysis<br />Pr...
Presentation’s Structure<br /> role of the media theory<br />interpretation of the medium as environment<br />concepts for...
Section 1<br />‘the content of any medium is another medium’<br />‘the message of any medium or technology is the change t...
Local Theories<br />
Meta-theory<br />Media theory is a meta-theory of communication <br />Environments created by the interactions in the medi...
Minimal definition of medium<br />
Section 2<br />Summarazing the medium is:<br />a theoretical proposal that explains the effects of technology on the socia...
Opposition<br />
Prosecution<br />
Nature…<br />
…Technology<br />[we used to have] the human world or artifice on one hand and nature on the other remained two distinctly...
Unchained nature<br />Today we have begun to "create," as it were, that is, to unchain natural processes of our own  (…), ...
No opposition<br />
Section 3<br />Hybridization is the interpenetration of one medium by another<br />whenever two cultures, or two events, o...
Hybridization<br />electric hybridization: the invasion of traditional environment by electric technologies<br />a communi...
Making aware<br />It has now been explained that media, or the extensions of man, are "make happen" agents, but not "make ...
The Ground<br />
Conclusions<br />world is more than just a physical environment, a "nature" transformed by the presence of human artifacts...
CARLO PERONI<br />BARCELLONA <br />MAY2011<br />Mail: carlo00peroni@gmail.comTwitter: @freakycharlie<br />
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  1. 1. Ground-making. The Medium As Environment<br />CARLO PERONI<br />BARCELLONA <br />MAY2011<br />
  2. 2. Aims of the Paper<br />Considering the media concept as a theoretical device<br />Developing a conceptual analysis<br />Proposing some concepts to set a new cultural framework<br />
  3. 3. Presentation’s Structure<br /> role of the media theory<br />interpretation of the medium as environment<br />concepts for an ecological approach<br />
  4. 4. Section 1<br />‘the content of any medium is another medium’<br />‘the message of any medium or technology is the change that it introduces into human affairs’<br />McLuhan, Understanding media<br />
  5. 5. Local Theories<br />
  6. 6. Meta-theory<br />Media theory is a meta-theory of communication <br />Environments created by the interactions in the media system<br />
  7. 7. Minimal definition of medium<br />
  8. 8. Section 2<br />Summarazing the medium is:<br />a theoretical proposal that explains the effects of technology on the social body<br />a real space of communication becoming environment and, as such, can be experienced, occupied and changed<br />
  9. 9. Opposition<br />
  10. 10. Prosecution<br />
  11. 11. Nature…<br />
  12. 12. …Technology<br />[we used to have] the human world or artifice on one hand and nature on the other remained two distinctly separate entities. <br />Arendt<br />
  13. 13. Unchained nature<br />Today we have begun to "create," as it were, that is, to unchain natural processes of our own (…), and instead of carefully surrounding the human artifice with defenses<br />against nature's elementary forces, <br />keeping them as far as possible <br />outside the man-made world, <br />we have channeled these forces, <br />along with their elementary <br />power, into the world itself. <br /> Arendt<br />
  14. 14. No opposition<br />
  15. 15. Section 3<br />Hybridization is the interpenetration of one medium by another<br />whenever two cultures, or two events, or two ideas are set in proximity to one another, an interplay takes place, a sort of magical change. The more unlike the interface, the greater the tension of the interchange<br />McLuhan<br />
  16. 16. Hybridization<br />electric hybridization: the invasion of traditional environment by electric technologies<br />a community of people and and the electric environment they occupy create a psycho-ecology populated by intelligent actors<br />a psycho-ecology is an intelligent environment that behaves as a whole, manifesting a psychic depth.<br />
  17. 17. Making aware<br />It has now been explained that media, or the extensions of man, are "make happen" agents, but not "make aware" agents. The hybridizing or compounding of these agents offers an especially favorable opportunity to notice their structural components and properties. <br />The hybrid or the meeting of two media is a moment of truth and revelation from which new form is born (...). The moment of the meeting of media is a moment of freedom and release from the ordinary trance and numbness imposed by them on our senses.<br />McLuhan<br />
  18. 18. The Ground<br />
  19. 19. Conclusions<br />world is more than just a physical environment, a "nature" transformed by the presence of human artifacts<br />variety of levels <br /> actors can inhabit simultaneously different levels<br />it is not possible to establish a hierarchy where a level (for example, the material one) is more helpful in foundation than others<br />
  20. 20. CARLO PERONI<br />BARCELLONA <br />MAY2011<br />Mail: carlo00peroni@gmail.comTwitter: @freakycharlie<br />

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