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A collection of articles from Explorations (1953-1959), a journal of communications, surveys the new media and their grammar from terms of the primitive to the latest in electronics and considers the effect of this revolution in shaping modern values and attitudes. Among the authors included are Robert Graves, David Riesman, Gilbert Seldes, Fernand Leger and other scientists, professors and researchers in these fields. Indicating that, through radio and TV, the printed word is on its way out, literacy is being abandoned and oral language accepted, we are being tribalized by electronics with its channelled simultaneity -- these papers range from the classroom-without-walls to lineal and nonlineal condifications of reality, acoustic space, kinesics, Buddhist symbolism, tactile communication, Spanish epic poetry, etc. The new languages, together with our ""backlog of obsolete technology"" and written traditions, are argumentatively investigated and their contents analyzed and the book's ending reveals: ""By surpassing writing, we have regained our WHOLENESS, not on a national or cultural, but cosmic, plane. We have evoked a super-civilized sub-primitive man."" Food -- at an intellectual level -- for thought and controversy.

Pub Date: July 6th, 1960
Publisher: Beacon Press