By Norm Friesen
This booklet displays contemporary scholarly and theoretical advancements in media reviews, or Medienwissenschaft. It specializes in linkages among North the United States and German‐speaking Europe, and brings jointly and contextualizes contributions from quite a number prime students. as well as introducing English‐language readers to a couple of the main popular modern German media theorists and philosophers, together with Claus Pias, Sybille Krämer and Rainer Leschke, the booklet exhibits how foundational North American contributions are themselves encouraged and trained through continental assets. This ebook takes Harold Innis or Marshall McLuhan (and different participants of the “Toronto School”) as crucial issues of reference, and strains potential and retrospective traces of impression in a cultural geography that's more and more worldwide in its scope. In so doing, the publication additionally represents a brand new episode within the foreign reception and reinterpretation of the paintings of Innis and McLuhan, the 2 founders of the speculation and examine of media.
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Schröter pline in terms of an ongoing series of media products: articles, books, presentations, websites etc. It is therefore no coincidence that the success of media studies since the mid-1990s has been accompanied by various research centers (“Screen Media” and “Media Upheavals” in Siegen; “Media and Cultural Communication” in Cologne), graduate schools (“Intermediality” and “Locating Media” in Siegen; “Automatisms” in Paderborn; “Media Historiographies” in Weimar) or other types of research centers (“Media Cultures of Computer Simulation” in Lüneburg or the “International Research Center for Cultural Techniques and Media Philosophy” in Weimar).
But again, the problem of institutionalization arises. For the question of media studies is one that has not previously been asked in other ﬁelds of study—except in media studies itself, which is intrinsically biased to ask it. This is the question of the mediality of knowledge. After all, all sciences are connected to their objects by way of their specialized media. But how is it possible to place on the agenda of a discipline an issue which is by necessity hidden to it? It would seem, though, that something can be added to an agenda only if you have a rough idea of what is already on it.
Students were therefore quite right (if only because of their fashion sense), in responding to the institutionalization of dissidents by becoming dissidents of dissent itself. One could join Helmut Schelsky in regretting the impossibility of “continuous institutionalized self-reﬂection,” or be alarmed by the countermovement to “re-philologize” the discipline—or even push forward and make media studies a “normal science” (cf. Kuhn 1962). But it seems evident to me that we will have to face the question of the institutionalization of disciplinary dissent and the response to it, either because or in spite of the certainty that we cannot go on in such a rigorous, but ultimate, romantic, fashion.
Media Transatlantic: Developments in Media and Communication Studies between North American and German-speaking Europe by Norm Friesen