Media, Meaning & the Legitimation Problem is forthcoming from the Atropos Press THINK MEDIA EGS Media Philosophy Series (New York, USA • Dresden, Germany)
This book titled "Media, Meaning, and the Legitimation Problem: From the Eradication of the Metanarrative to the Present: From the Eradication of the Metanarrative to the Present," is a qualitative analysis on the current state of extracting meaning from mediated message since Lyotard largely diminished the role of the metanarrative. The work started at the University of Denver and continued on in Media & Communication at the European Graduate School, Saas-fee, Switzerland (www.egs.edu). The philosophy and research degree culminated with the oral dissertation defense in Berlin, Germany in May 2013. The ways in which we extract meaning and understand the world around us as well as the workings of the semantic Web are key nodes of the sustainable Web ecosystem.
The late Jean-Francois Lyotard wrote that metanarratives, that is, the big stories we live by, legitimate our lives both as individuals and collectively, living within societal groups. Lyotard also explained that the metanarrative has been eradicated from Western culture and that efficiency (i.e. a fast-track to profit) is the only model left which leaves the current state of legitimation in a curious position of asking the question “What legitimates?” The fact that this question needs to be asked is enough to know that there is a legitimation problem, but that is not the whole problem. In order to understand the process leading to legitimation, this analysis works to establish the necessary workflow toward the metanarrative: the flow of the message from knowledge, to establishing meaning, to legitimation. To compound the legitimation problem, in our current information technology condition, there is a growing imbalance within this process. In the mass media (i.e. networked, connected, Internet) world, it is arguably true that most of what a population knows, discusses, and concerns itself with on a daily basis is narrative knowledge. At the very least, there is much more narrative knowledge to sift through with the advent of the active audience among other factors. Examples of this can be seen in the current state of American commercialism, foreign and corporate policy, news, and the political economy of the mass media. This analysis goes further to explore the possibility of whether there is a link from legitimation to accountability. The conclusion is that, perhaps, the remaining entities for legitimation are created, synthetic options and that contemporary media consumer must consider the author’s concept of a “post-legitimation” model as a plan for the individual to participate as a critical and informed member of society.
Keywords: Web, Meaning, Mediated, Messages.
BOOK ORDER & PUBLICATION INFO:
- The paperback book will be published in early 2014.
- Book orders will be possible in early 2014 from the publisher, information will be available here (www.otoole.info).
- The unrevised e-manuscript is available now strictly for academic-education: Free Download (PDF, 1.4MB)