Download e-book for kindle: A new rhetoric: Essays on using the internet to communicate by Mr R E Stewart

By Mr R E Stewart

ISBN-10: 1517010691

ISBN-13: 9781517010690

The essays during this ebook learn where of electronic communications or "rhetoric" in sleek tradition. They recommend that, just like the printing revolution sooner than it, the web is shaping tectonic cultural circulate, yet is presently stuck among conventional technocratic methods of considering, and the extra unpredictable terrain of human behaviour.

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The paradox is that the more information that is available, the less this way of looking at the world seems feasible, and the more knowledge can only ever be useful, purposeful or meaningful from a particular perspective, or a clearly delimited point of view. If all this has some ground to it, then surely it affects categories like time and identity (and quite possibly many other philosophical categories) in an equally paradoxical way. The “self” it illuminates is very different from the Cartesian cogito, but it is not a relativised chimera.

The prevalence of the web, and the prevalence of this way of writing for it, now mean that this is also affecting the way in which people read as such. Research has already begun to expose a generation of readers who are unable to concentrate on texts for any length of time, and, are unable to interrogate and unpick the dense layers of meaning, ambiguity and interpretation they contain. Translated into an outlook on life, the world becomes more fast-paced, immediate, superficial, and fickle, (but, perhaps, clearer and more concise).

Truth is a sort of making manifest, uncovering, unconcealment. Among his other reflections, by this light, he characterises art not as creating something new, but unveiling or discovering a phenomenon in its original light. Whatever light a great work of art harnesses, however, it is limited or concealed, just like the world as construed by technology, by the figure or frame in which it hangs. This leads Heidegger to make the sort of statement which gives continental philosophy a bad name: that “truth is untruth”.

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