[Air-l] suggestions?

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...  
http://www.stephaniejokent.com/blog/archives/001764.html

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. 
>> Grover,
>> "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 
>> each
>> against all, etc.
>
>
> hmmm
>
>> 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 
>> "the
>> Other" works to make us _less_ fearful of the Other, and thus, under 
>> some
>> circumstances at least, _more_ likely to engage in aggressive 
>> behaviors,
>> 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 
>> bigger,
>> 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
>> 900 N. Benton Ave.              Voice: 417-873-7230
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>> Home page:  http://www.drury.edu/ess/ess.html
>>
>> Co-chair, CATaC'06: http://www.catacconference.org
>> Co-chair, ECAP'06: http://www.eu-cap.org
>>
>> Professor II, Globalization and Applied Ethics Programmes
>> Norwegian University of Science and Technology
>> NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
>> http://www.anvendtetikk.ntnu.no/pres/bridgingcultures.php
>>
>> Exemplary persons seek harmony, not sameness. -- Analects 13.23
>>
>>
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