Stephanie Jo Kent
kentcon at sover.net
Sat Oct 22 13:08:01 PDT 2005
i copied and pasted your dialogue into my blog, is that ok? I have an
idea it might be usable in teaching in a few weeks...
On Oct 22, 2005, at 3:02 PM, air-l-request at listserv.aoir.org wrote:
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> From: Radhika Gajjala <radhika at cyberdiva.org>
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> Charles - I'm sorry it took so long for me to reply to this one.
>> To demonstrate that my background is in philosophy, not communication
>> studies (for better and for worse)..
> the issue you raise is not necessarily limited the discipline of
> "communication studies"
>> My my applied ethics class, we're reading an essay by Robinson A.
>> "the New State of Nature and the New Terrorism," which argues that
>> new media
>> and globalization have brought about a new version of Hobbes' war of
>> against all, etc.
>> I attempted to buttress some of Grover's claims with the work of Cass
>> Sunstein, his notion of "The Daily Me," etc.
>> This inspired one of my students to ask: are there studies, etc., that
>> suggest that the new media, by giving us greater communication with
>> Other" works to make us _less_ fearful of the Other, and thus, under
>> circumstances at least, _more_ likely to engage in aggressive
>> including warfare?
> my first response to this was - is this for real? Hasnt this person
> seen Television and Film portrayal of some "Others" all his/her life
> and seen how that can as effectively work towards building up fear
> and paranoia?
> My general response is - depends on who's producing this "Other" and
> what context this "Other" is being permitted to speak/represent
> hirself - and what code of (contextual) behaviour and hierarchies
> this representation of the Other is placed.
> In other words - yes - in a state of ignorance what your students
> suggests is likely to be true - but the media dont necessary help us
> not be ignorant ...
> As for citations - I know postcolonial media theorists, critical race
> theorists and critical media theorists etc have written about this
> sort of thing.
>> That is, his thought is that in a state of ignorance of
>> the Other, one is more likely to assume the worst - the Other is
>> more powerful, etc., so I'd better stay home. But once I see the
>> Other on
>> TV, the Internet, etc., I discover that this is not so...
>> I thought it a worthwhile question - citations and suggestions?
>> thanks in advance,
>> Charles Ess
>> Distinguished Research Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
>> Drury University
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>> Professor II, Globalization and Applied Ethics Programmes
>> Norwegian University of Science and Technology
>> NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
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