Originally printed in the New Left Review, no. 64, , pp. Potentialities of communication media “For the first time in history, the media. Media do not produce objects which can be hoarded. Do away with “intellectual property” (Magnus was dead wrong here – battles over IP are. A Theory of the Media. [ Introduction] Constituents of a Theory of the Media “The new media are oriented toward action, not contemplation; toward.
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They are an answer to the mass need for non-material variety and mobility — which at present finds its material realization in private car-ownership and tourism — and they exploit it.
For the prospect that in future, with the aid of the media, anyone can become a producer, would remain apolitical and limited were this productive effort to find an constitueents in individual tinkering. They recall the time when the operation of a printing press was dependent on an imperial license.
On the contrary, they make it possible for the first time to record historical material so that it can be reproduced at will. You are commenting using your WordPress.
Constituents of a Theory of the Media
The media produce no objects that can be constituent and auctioned. The author becomes a part of a group who produce the new media.
Their presence is a factor that immensely increases enzensbergeg demonstrative nature of any political act. In lieu of normative definitions, here is an incomplete list of new developments which have emerged in the last twenty years: Written literature has, historically speaking, played a dominant role for only a few centuries.
He is therefore partisan from the start. Naturally, such tendencies go against the grain of the structure and the new productive forces not only permit but indeed demand their reversal.
It is perhaps not unimportant that beat music offers groups, not individuals, as identification models. Any form of media is required to be first manipulated and then produced even the live enzensberver of the sting operations that we see. The radio wars of the fifties demonstrated that in the realm of communications, national sovereignty is condemned to wither away. As a historical explanation it may be pointed out that the consciousness industry in Russia at the time of the October Revolution was extraordinarily backward; their productive capacity has grown enormously since then, but the productive relationships have been artificially preserved, often by force.
Hans Magnus risks his ego, yet hugging Antonio Gramsci to his bosom he ends with: We talked about manipulation as part of the cultural archaism. Consciousness, however false, can be induced and reproduced by industrial means, but it cannot be industrially produced.
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It promises the salvation of man through the technology of television and indeed of television as it is practiced today. It infiltrates into all other sectors of production, takes over more and more directional and control functions, and determines the standard of the prevailing technology.
The panic aroused by such a shift in perspectives is understandable. Enzensberher most powerful agent is the film.
The new media are orientated towards action, not contemplation; present, not tradition. Soon the film theoreticians asked the same ill-considered question with regard to the film. Hans Magnus Constituentw, young enough to understand the new left and old enough to be critical of it b. Hans Magnus Enzensberger was born in in Kaufbeuren, a small town in Bavaria.
The trends which Benjamin recognized in his day in the film and the true import of which he grasped theoretically, have become patent today with the rapid development of the consciousness industry. Dadaism in the end teemed with such barbarisms.
Electronics are noticeably taking over writing: That the Marxist Left should argue theoretically and act practically from the standpoint of the most advanced productive forces in their society, that they should develop in depth all the liberating factors immanent in these forces and use them strategically, is no academic expectation but a political necessity. Wireless, UHF bands, inherently numerous and uncontrollable, are often badgered by anachronistic attempts to control the air waves.
On the other hand, their usefulness or otherwise can be judged as soon as one regards them as special cases in a general aesthetic of the media. Typically, any feedback given by the masses is reduced to some indices, as part of some election agenda. All these new forms of media are constantly forming new connections both with each other and with older media like printing, radio, film, television, telephone, teletype, radar and so on.
They are in every case explicitely determined by the given situation. They demonstrate all the more clearly what enormous political and cultural energies are hidden in the enchained masses and with what imagination they are able, at the moment of liberation, to realize all the opportunities offered enzensbergef the new media. See the Communist Manifesto.