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ERIC Number: ED356500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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The Library and the Museum Become Tele-vision.
Lanigan, Richard L.
The advent of mass media in the twentieth century creates certain "ruptures," as Michel Foucault would say, in the perceptual world of human beings as they go about the everyday business of coping with a technological culture grounded in human perception as the rule for expression. Foucault proposes that people watch two tele-visions--the Library and the Museum--names which permit people to experience consciousness in a given modality as "data" (perception) and in a taken modality as "capta" (expression). The Library gives the social condition of a moral world and other people as ethical associates. The Museum is a building with icons and assorted monuments that allows people a different version of the politics of choice. The Library as a product of Modernity is documentary in its spatial desire to fix representation as a message with a specific meaning function of communication contact. By comparison, the Museum as a product of Post-Modernity is monumentary in its temporal power to fix presentation as a context with a specific meaning function of a communication code. Mass media is that technological buffet upon which people look, gaze, and desire with the visual appetite of bio-power, the appetite of the body to engage its visual world in imagination and to capture that world in the body image. (One table is included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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