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The Rise of the Image the Fall of the Word

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For decades educators and cultural critics have deplored the corrosive effects of electronic media on the national consciousness. The average American reads less often, writes less well. And, numbed by the frenetic image-bombardment of music videos, commercials and sound bites, we may also, it is argued, think less profoundly. But wait. Is it just possible that some good might arise from the ashes of the printed word?

Most emphatically yes, argues Mitchell Stephens, who asserts that the moving image is likely to make our thoughts not more feeble but more robust. Through a fascinating overview of previous communications revolutions, Stephens demonstrates that the charges that have been leveled against television have been faced by most new media, including writing and print. Centuries elapsed before most of these new forms of communication would be used to produce works of art and intellect of sufficient stature to overcome this inevitable mistrust and nostalgia. Using examples taken from the history of photography and film, as well as MTV, experimental films, and Pepsi commercials, the author considers the kinds of work that might unleash, in time, the full power of moving images. And he argues that these works--an emerging computer-edited and -distributed "new video"--have the potential to inspire transformations in thought on a level with those inspired by the products of writing and print. Stephens sees in video's complexities, simultaneities, and juxtapositions, new ways of understanding and perhaps even surmounting the tumult and confusions of contemporary life.

Sure to spark lively--even heated--debate, The Rise of the Image, the Fall of the Word belongs in the library of millennium-watchers everywhere.

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Is it possible that some good might arise from the ashes of the printed word? Most emphatically yes, argues Mitchell Stephens, a professor of journalism, who asserts provocatively that the moving image is likely to make our thoughts not more feeble but more robust. 62 photos.

About the Author

Mitchell Stevens is Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, New York University. His books include A History of the News, and Broadcast News. He has written on media and contemporary thought for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195098297
Author:
Stephens, Mitchell
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Mitchell
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
Literature, English
Subject:
Media Studies - Electronic Media
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Television broadcasting -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
62 halftones
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.47x6.45x.94 in. 1.10 lbs.

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