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The marvelous clouds : toward a philosophy of elemental media, John Durham Peters

Label
The marvelous clouds : toward a philosophy of elemental media
Title
The marvelous clouds
Title remainder
toward a philosophy of elemental media
Statement of responsibility
John Durham Peters
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When we speak of clouds these days, it is as likely that we mean data clouds or network clouds as cumulus or stratus. In their sharing of the term, both kinds of clouds reveal an essential truth: that the natural world and the technological world are not so distinct. In The Marvelous Clouds, John Durham Peters argues that though we often think of media as environments, the reverse is just as true - environments are media. Peters defines media expansively as elements that compose the human world. Drawing from ideas implicit in media philosophy, Peters argues that media are more than carriers of messages: they are the very infrastructures combining nature and culture that allow human life to thrive. Through an encyclopedic array of examples from the oceans to the skies, The Marvelous Clouds reveals the long prehistory of so-called new media. Digital media, Peters argues, are an extension of early practices tied to the establishment of civilization such as mastering fire, building calendars, reading the stars, creating language, and establishing religions. New media do not take us into uncharted waters, but rather confront us with the deepest and oldest questions of society and ecology: how to manage the relations people have with themselves, others, and the natural world. A wide-ranging meditation on the many means we have employed to cope with the struggles of existence - from navigation to farming, meteorology to Google - The Marvelous Clouds shows how media lie at the very heart of our interactions with the world around us. Peters's book will not only change how we think about media but provide a new appreciation for the day-to-day foundations of life on earth that we so often take for granted. -- from dust jacket
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Peters, John Durham
Dewey number
302.2/01
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
P91
LC item number
.P48 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Communication
  • Written communication
  • Internet
  • Communication
  • Internet
  • Written communication
Label
The marvelous clouds : toward a philosophy of elemental media, John Durham Peters
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In medias res -- Understanding media -- Of cetaceans and ships; or, the moorings of our being -- The fire sermon -- Lights in the firmament: sky media I (Chronos) -- The times and the seasons: sky media II (Kairos) -- The face and the book (inscription media) -- God and Google -- Conclusion: the sabbath of meaning -- Appendix: nonsimultaneity in cetacean communication
Control code
ocn890360375
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
410 pages
Isbn
9780226421353
Lccn
2014044823
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99963217492
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780226253831
  • (OCoLC)890360375
Label
The marvelous clouds : toward a philosophy of elemental media, John Durham Peters
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In medias res -- Understanding media -- Of cetaceans and ships; or, the moorings of our being -- The fire sermon -- Lights in the firmament: sky media I (Chronos) -- The times and the seasons: sky media II (Kairos) -- The face and the book (inscription media) -- God and Google -- Conclusion: the sabbath of meaning -- Appendix: nonsimultaneity in cetacean communication
Control code
ocn890360375
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
410 pages
Isbn
9780226421353
Lccn
2014044823
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99963217492
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780226253831
  • (OCoLC)890360375

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