Last Updated on 18 September 2013 16:18
Media, Meaning & the Legitimation Problem is forthcoming from the Atropos Press THINK MEDIA 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 2013-4.
- Book orders will be possible in 2013-4 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)
Last Updated on 13 August 2013 10:15
By Stephanie Koons, June 6, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Greg O’Toole, a lecturer and senior Web UI engineer at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), plays a dual role in the college as a Web media technologist and educator. His new book, “Sustainable Web Ecosystem Design” (Springer, 2013), is intended to serve as both a resource for Web professionals and a learning guide for his IST students.
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Welcome.My name is Greg O'Toole and this is otoole.info.
I am a Lecturer and Sr. Web UI Engineer
at the College of Information Sciences & Technology
at The Pennsylvania State University
in University Park, PA, USA where I teach Sustainable Web Ecosystem Design
and work in front end, open source web development, research, and education. Additionally, I am a Research Cyberspecialist in the Penn State Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
which is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Penn State Institute for Energy and the Environment
. I am an affiliated researcher with the Social Science Research Institute
and an adjunct faculty in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State. Additionally, I am an Assistant Professor at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division in the Web Design and Interactive Media Department where I teach related classes, and have a lot of fun offering seminars on contemporary Web topics. I am a Visiting Lecturer at Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan. After a lively oral defense in Berlin, Germany, I am very proud that my Ph.D. was recently conferred Magna Cum Laude
in Media & Communication at European Graduate School
in Saas-fee, Switzerland.
In general I am a webmedia technologist working in webmedia consulting, theory, research, development, and education from the PA I-99 Innovation Corridor. For 20+ years I have been working professionally in technical creative media. (Before that time, I started painting still life in first grade
.) In 2000 I took an HTML class at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
, got instantly hooked on the intersection of computer science, creative expression, and human psychology and never looked back. Parts of my career have been spent as a writer and photojournalist in remote, northwest Montana; as an environmental engineering technical writer for Sunoco, Inc. at the Philadelphia refineries; in related private industry roles in Denver and Chicago; and as a faculty member and Web applications developer for the University of Denver and, now, at Penn State
and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division. These days I live valid rooting distance from the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, and Union. Simultaneously, I am lucky to live on the edge of 2.3 million acres of protected public wilderness: a stone's throw away from some of the best trout streams in the country. I spend my professional time on the following topics: lightweight, scalable, accessible, mobile, usable, creative Web development, research, photography, writing, and user interface engineering. We have arrived at a point where we now need to specify our discourse about "HCI" or human-computer interface, and include the more direct process of "BCI" or brain-computer interface, so my long term interests go a bit further than creating cool web projects
for exceptionally cool people
. For that reason, I have a more formal biograph below. Take a look around and enjoy the site. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give me a shout
Last Updated on 06 August 2013 15:55
Last Updated on 11 July 2013 14:40
PROJECT (BOOK, eBOOK)
SUSTAINABLE WEB ECOSYSTEM DESIGN
This book works toward a unified theory of front end Web-human interface engineering
TECHNOLOGIES / METHODS
A new, currently available book by Greg O'Toole and Springer's SpringerBriefs in Computer Science Series features an uncomplicated approach to a rather complicated condition.
Author, SME, Theorist
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$39.99 USD, Springer (Available in paperback and e-formats)
Also available at Amazon.com
ISBN 978-1-4614-7713-6 - In a new book from Springer and part of the SpringerBriefs in Computer Science Series: In our current media-rich environment a Web site is more than a collection of relative html documents of text and images on a static desktop computer monitor. We now have an unlimited combination of screens, devices, platforms, browsers, locations, versions, users, and exabytes of data with which to interact. Our mediated atmosphere surrounds us all of the time, and in nearly every place. It is an ecosystem that is part human, part hardware, and part software. A unique condition is upon us. This book is about a process of creating Web-based systems (ie, Web sites, content, etc.) that consider each of the parts, the modules, the organisms – binary or otherwise – that make up a balanced, sustainable Web ecosystem. Written in a highly approachable, practical style, this book is useful for stakeholders, system administrators, developers, designers, content managers, and the anonymous Web user in industry and the same plus faculty, staff, and students of all levels involved in teaching and learning in information technology.
Sustainable Web Ecosystem Design is a methodology, a development model, and a theory of creating digital and electronic interactive screen media interfaces. The model emphasizes an attempt at a unified theory of front-end Web-human interface engineering. The model considers not only all of the requirements of building a successful digital media application, but it also considers the human user interface, and ideals of sustainability in all stages of the product's development.The development model exists out of necessity due to the current, media-rich environment where Web sites are becoming increasingly complex and in many cases are more than a collection of relative html documents of text and images on a static desktop computer monitor. The contemporary Web designer and Web developer need to consider an nearly unlimited combination of screen sizes and resolutions, devices, platforms, browsers, locations, versions, users, and exabytes of data with which their applications and users can interact.On this side of the access digital divide, this informational-mediated atmosphere surrounds us nearly all of the time, and in nearly every place. It is an ecosystem that is part human, part hardware, and part software. This model is about a process of creating Web-based systems (i.e. Web sites, content, etc.) that consider each of the parts, the modules, the organisms – binary or organic – that make up a balanced, sustainable Web ecosystem.
The Anatomy of Sustainable Web Ecosystem Design by Gregory O'Toole is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at http://www.otoole.info.